Scotland painting & wildlife cruise
Description of Scotland painting & wildlife cruise
2022: 2 Sep
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PlanetWe run this art cruise with a small cruise company based in the Outer Hebrides who are experts in marine and land-based ecology. They are an accredited Wildlife Safe (WiSE) operator and together we are committed to providing an amazing Scottish island cruise with responsible wildlife encounters.
All whale and dolphin sightings during the cruise are collected and submitted digitally via the Whale Track app to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT). The boat owners also work with global cetacean conservation and research organisations such as Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and the Sea Watch Foundation. The boat itself has 3Kw of inverted 240 volt clean power supply for electrical demand without running a generator allowing the vessel to sit silent when at anchor.
Throughout the cruise, guests will learn about the local wildlife and environments from the knowledgable guides. We will draw, paint, walk and write inspired by the natural environment.
When visiting the Scottish islands we take our Leave No Trace approach very seriously - this includes minimising waste, avoiding use of single use plastic, recycling as much as possible. We do not provide bottled drinking water, but hand out reusable water bottles for guest who didn't bring their own, for filling up using tap water, which is of very good quality everywhere in Scotland. The group size is small with up to 10 guests.
PeopleAll our creative experiences support local artists and craft makers, as well as local galleries and venues. This also means we don't drive a hard bargain but pay fair prices (at least the rates recommended by the Scottish Artists Union). Being creative teaches you to really see a place and connect with it at a deeper level. This fosters respect for local environments and communities.
As well as supporting the art tutor, this trip directly benefits a small local business, i.e. the cruise operator, whose staff (skipper, guides, cook etc.) are from the local area. Catering and other supplies will be locally sourced as much as possible.
Before, during and after the cruise guests will have opportunities to visit shops, galleries and studios in the locations that are part of the itinerary. Small group visits like those of our art groups make an important contribution to the island communities in the Hebrides.
Accommodation for the first night will be a family run hotel in Mallaig, where we will also have our welcome drinks and dinner.
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