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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination: Scotland  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Painting  
Season: October
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 595 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 595 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

Our Hotel, Port Appin Scotland, one of the AA’s prestigious Top 200 UK Hotels, is offering an exclusive chance for artists to ‘meet the master’ with an all-inclusive 4 night painting package at its world-renowned idyllic location. Nestled on the dramatic shores of Loch Linnhe at the gateway to the western Scottish Islands, the hotel offers artists inspiring scenery in which to learn from award-winning artist Terry McKivragan RI. Terry McKivragan hosts this all-inclusive break from on October 3rd and brings with him a wealth of experience in both watercolor and acrylic mediums.

Terry McKivragan studied at Wimbledon Art School and pursued a career in commercial art as a designer, illustrator and art director which culminated in his own graphic design studio. He developed a love for watercolors and, inspired by the later works of Turner, achieved such success in the medium that he left the commercial world to concentrate on original painting.

A member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors, Terry has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London with the NEAC, the RBA and the RSMA, and is a member of the Chelsea Arts Society. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition and his awards to date include Britain’s Painters (Best Acrylic award), the Hunting Prize Finalist's Exhibition, the Laing Art Competition National Exhibition and the RI Medal Award.

Famed for its three AA Rosette cuisine and warmth of welcome, our Hotel offers friendly yet discreet service levels in luxuriant surroundings. Situated just over two hours from Glasgow, close to Castle Stalker, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and the route to the Northern Highlands, the hotel boasts some of the best views in Scotland. This four night painting package is priced from £595 per person (including dinner, full Scottish breakfast and VAT).

The majesty of the setting, the exquisite hospitality and cuisine, coupled with the talents of host artist Terry McKivragan, is sure to make this break a key date in the diary of any discerning traveler in search productive relaxation and painting!

Faculty Information:
Terry McKivragan studied at Wimbledon Art School and pursued a career in commercial art as a designer, illustrator and art director which culminated in his own graphic design studio. He developed a love for watercolors and, inspired by the later works of Turner, achieved such success in the medium that he left the commercial world to concentrate on original painting.

A member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors, Terry has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London with the NEAC, the RBA and the RSMA, and is a member of the Chelsea Arts Society. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition and his awards to date include Britain’s Painters (Best Acrylic award), the Hunting Prize Finalist's Exhibition, the Laing Art Competition National Exhibition and the RI Medal Award.

Other Activities:
With so much to see and do in the surrounding area you may wish to take advantage of our contacts and experience to ensure you make the most of your time here. We can arrange specialist excursions covering a wide range of interests on your behalf and some of these are detailed below, additionally, if you are looking for a sporting activity we can also arrange this and again, details of the more popular options are detailed below.

* Walking: Walking is perhaps the major pastime in the area. We have several beautiful walks right outside the hotel and many more within a short drive. We certainly recommend the Clach Thoull walk which is a very pleasant 40 minute circular walk starting and finishing at the hotel. Cleared by the Scottish Rights of Way Society, this loch side, flat walk takes you past a cliff face with a hole (Clach Thoull) and back to the hotel via the pier at Port Appin, from where a small ferry goes to the island of Lismore.

* Mountain biking: The Nevis range (part of the Ben Nevis massif) just north of Fort William (45 minutes drive) offers 60km of off road trails and is suited to all levels of ability right up to the most experienced who may wish to try the trail built for The World Cup. Bikes of different grades and associated equipment are available to hire.

* Fishing: Most types of fishing can be arranged and this can be with or without a gillie. Teaching can also be arranged. Let us know what you are after and we will be happy to arrange it.

* Climbing: Apart from the obvious possibilities for outdoor climbing in the area, a 45 minute drive from the hotel brings you to an indoor climbing center of impressive proportions. This is the largest indoor climbing facility in the U.K. and includes the largest indoor ice climb in Europe. Instruction is available for both children and adults and covering all levels of ability including complete beginners. The center also has a cafe and shower facilities.

* Scuba diving: With some excellent diving opportunities in the surrounding waters, we can arrange familiarization sessions for beginners right through to PADI recognized courses and full blown diving trips. The center is 45 minutes drive from the hotel.

* Canoing: An alternative way to explore the loch, you can pick it up from the Port Appin pier.

* Water sports center: Hire a motor boat for as long as you want and go out to see the seals basking on the rocks in the middle of the loch. For the more active you can hire a small sailing boat or surf board (10 minutes drive from the hotel).

* Horse Riding: Located a 10 minute drive from the hotel, the stables can cater for first timers wanting a walk along the beach or experienced riders wanting a two hour canter in the surrounding countryside.

* Golf: Glencruitten golf course is our nearest 18 hole course and is 35 minutes drive south of the hotel. It is 4452 yds and is par 61. We also have Fort William golf course 45 minutes north of the hotel and this is 6217 yds and par 71.

* Rally Karting: Located 20 minutes drive from the hotel, this fun activity combines the two activities of rallying and karting. Children over 7 can also participate as junior karts are available.

Facility Information:
On arrival, every room has a decanter filled with complimentary whiskey mac and we also offer complimentary early morning tea or coffee served to your room or we can provide tea trays if preferred.

We have eleven bedrooms all of which are individually decorated with designer fabrics and wallpapers from such labels as Jane Churchill, Zoffany and Colefax and Fowler. A good night’s sleep is obviously of paramount importance and that is why the majority of the beds are supplied by VI Spring. All beds have duvet covers over Frette sheets although we also offer the option of sheets and blankets should you prefer this.

Flat screen televisions with satellite channels and DVD players are a feature of all bedrooms (a comprehensive selection of feature films is available from Reception and include many recent releases). All have private bathrooms or shower rooms with top of the range fittings and most have marble surrounds. Superior rooms either benefit from a loch view or are a little more spacious. Some also have bath and separate walk in shower.

The Suite is the best room in that it has a loch view and a separate sitting area with a sofa bed as well as a bathroom with bath, separate walk in shower and twin basins. It has a king size bed (can be rearranged as twin beds), a flat screen TV, a DVD player and separate stereo system.

Notes:
Price includes:
- dinner
- full Scottish breakfast
- all tuition
- government tax.

Special rates for non participating partners are also available.

Supplier Information
Location: Scotland
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2005
Client Request Served: 23

M05196 - Port Appin with its loch side walks and views of Loch Linnhe to the mountains beyond is the setting for our Hotel. Originally an 18th Century ferry inn for those in passage to Lismore island, present day travelers seek out our hotel as an escape from the pressures of 21st Century life. M05196 is very well...

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