15 - 22 Jul 2023
One Week Event
Saturday - Saturday
Sometimes taking time-out for yourself to learn a new skill or do something you enjoy can be extremely healing and restorative and we believe anyone can learn to draw and anyone can learn to paint! To be able to do this with other members of the family of God, in a safe and loving environment can often break down the walls of fear, inadequacy and nervousness and may even open up a lifetime joy and hobby.
This enjoyable week is not dependant on your expertise but rather on your willingness to ‘give it a go!’. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and media in painting including watercolour, acrylics and pastels. All levels of ability are catered for with patient artist tuition; from simple painting and drawing techniques to more complex artistry. The safe and encouraging environment will help you grow in your confidence and skills.
The week is led by an experienced artist, who will lead, guide and challenge you with step-by-step projects as well as freedom to explore. Our teachers have experienced the power of God’s restoration through art and creative expression and would love to see other people restored through exploring their creative giftings. Alongside the artist will be other experienced helpers to guide you through the projects.
Each day starts with a devotional time and then there will be plenty of demonstrations from the most basic through to some more tricky designs (for those who want to go that way) and also some fun experimental playing with paints and textures achieving results you cannot believe! You can take the days as slowly or as fast as you like. There is nothing too prescriptive and if you want to do your own ideas, this is fine. Come and enjoy the company of relaxing and being inspired by God’s amazing array of design and colour.
I enjoyed the peace and quiet and meeting like-minded people. I’ve learned to enjoy the moment and not expect too much from myself. If a painting turns out good, that’s wonderful, if not I have learnt something whilst doing it. I’ve open to new things, enjoy the beauty around us.
Teaching, Guidance and Understanding of:
Projects with Step by Step Guidance:
You'll be able to select your preferred booking option for each participant in the next step
When booking an event at Blairmore,
there are two options for accommodation,
Premium and Standard.
All rooms at Blairmore are 2-3 person sharing and en-suite. Premium accommodation is more expensive due to the high-quality standard of the rooms, which were lovingly restored with antiques; standard accommodation is more simply renovated in a modern style.
Do contact us if you have any query about staying at Blairmore House.
Our kitchen team are passionate about making delicious, nutritious meals for our guests. We are able to cater for some special medical diets if you give us notice on booking and liaise with us.
Meal times are typically:
Evening Meal 6.00pm.
We have a friendly reception team who will be available throughout your stay and will be able to help you with any problems or questions you may have.
It is generally open week days 9.00am- 5.00pm.
We have a car park in front of the house for all our guests. Feel free to unload at reception before parking (all cars are parked at your own risk).
We have limited ground floor bedrooms available so please enquire when booking your room if we have availability.
Free WiFi internet access is available by reception in the house.
Ellel Scotland is set in the village of Glass, which is 45 miles west of Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. Its nearest town is Huntly.
Our nearest international airport is Aberdeen (ABZ), which is 45 miles away. From there you can take a taxi to the local train station, Aberdeen Dyce, and take a train to Huntly, the closest town.
From Aberdeen take the A96 (signposted Inverness) and turn off at Huntly onto the A920 (signposted to Dufftown). Drive about 6 miles from the A96, turn left down the drive signposted “Glass Church & Blairmore House” which leads into the front drive of Blairmore. Driving time from Aberdeen is about 60 minutes.
From the A95 at Charlestown take the A941 to Dufftown and then the A920 for about 5 miles. Take the first right turn (signposted “Glass Church & Blairmore House” which leads into the front drive. For Sat Nav use our post code – AB54 4XH. The Sat Nav will take people to our back driveway, so please follow the signposts.
Our nearest bus stop is in Huntly. We collect guests from The Square, in Huntly at 16.10 on the first day of any event. Please notify the office if you want to be added to the list.
Our nearest train station is Huntly (7 miles away). We collect guests from Huntly at 16.20 on the first day of any event. Please notify the office if you want to be added to the list.
Local taxis are occasionally available to and from Blairmore. Contact us for taxi phone numbers, if required. Pre-booking is suggested as availability is varied.
Blairmore House is situated amongst stunning scenery, with rivers, lochs, mountains and coastland all within easy reach. It makes it an ideal destination for our walking and creative retreats. The coast is 25 miles north to Blairmore House, about 45 minutes drive.
Balmoral Castle was owned by Queen Victoria and is now the private property of Queen Elizabeth II. She resides there each summer. When the Queen is away, the castle is open to receive tourist guests. Balmoral is 50 miles south of Blairmore House, and about 1.5 hr drive away.
The Cairngorms are a wild mountain range in the eastern highlands of Scotland. They are a National Park, and offer stunning scenery, hiking and skiing adventures. Aviemore town is a hub of winter sport activity when the snow arrives, having its own ski resort.
There is plenty of beautiful scenery on the doorstep of Blairmore House, with woodland paths around our own grounds, or nearby walks just a short drive away.