Painting, photography and writing in the Highlands

Inverness Loch Ness – a Great Place to Find Artistic Inspiration

Creative minds thrive in the spectacular surroundings of the Inverness Loch Ness area...

Enjoy Creative Breaks around Loch Ness and Inverness


Throughout history creative minds have sought inspiration in their natural environment – and there is arguably no better place to stir the senses than the Scottish Highlands, with the amazing landscapes that characterise the Inverness Loch Ness area providing a breathtaking backdrop to artistic endeavours.

With 2016 marking Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (and this post being written during National Storytelling Week!) we thought we would take the opportunity to highlight a few ideas for creative breaks in the heart of the Highlands.

Writing Retreats Near Loch Ness

The Scottish bard Robert Burns wrote:

“My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here...”

...and a quick check of works of literature inspired by and written in our area (to find out more about these, check out Am Baile’s Literary Landscape project) reveals that he was not the only writer who felt that way.

Inverness and Loch Ness make a perfect base for taking advantage of all the inspiration this area has to offer, whether on a dedicated writing break or simply on an independent retreat to indulge your artistic tendencies.

For day courses and residential breaks, the area is home to Moniack Mhor, billed as Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, and situated just 14 miles outside Inverness and a short hop from our legendary loch. The centre offers an exciting range of residential writers retreats near Loch Ness as well as workshops and sessions that are open to all. Choose from a range of tutored writing courses at this superb Highland location including poetry and playwriting, fiction, fantasy and even, aptly for the visiting wordsmith, travel writing.

If you prefer something less structured, why not book a self catering break near Loch Ness and draw some inspiration from the many local beauty spots, historical and cultural attractions on offer in the area.

Photography Holidays in the Highlands

The awe inspiring beauty of the area around Loch Ness and Inverness is one of the area’s big appeals for visitors, and while some are content to  simply come and see it, others want to come and really capture it, making this part of the North of Scotland a popular choice of destination for photography breaks in Scotland. Check out those on offer from:

...or contact us to find out more about photography courses near Loch Ness and Inverness.

While amateur and professional photographers can choose from a range of dedicated photography breaks, including wildlife photography courses and landscape photography holidays in the Highlands, independent travel to Loch Ness, Inverness and the surrounding areas also offer great opportunities for visitors to practice their snapping skills.

Residential Art Courses in the North of Scotland

With majestic mountains, wonderful woodlands and wildernesses all just a short hop from a choice of coasts offering sublime seascapes it is no surprise that the Inverness Loch Ness area provides the perfect place for artists to hone their skills.

If you are travelling to the North of Scotland then don’t forget to bring your paints, pencils and paper to ensure you can take advantage of all the inspiration on offer.

Alternatively, search for dedicated art breaks near Loch Ness and take the time to explore and enjoy the area once you arrive.

  • Don’t forget that in autumn 2016 Inverness will play host to the first ever Loch Ness Knit Fest – a four day festival guaranteed to excite yarn-lovers, with showcases, workshops and Q&As with some of the biggest names in the crafting community!