A 5-night residential workshop in the Highlands of Scotland, photographing red squirrels, crested tits, and other native wildlife, under the expert guidance and tutelage of Nikon School training partner Chris Gomersall. Saturday 22nd to Thursday 27th of February 2020. More Wildlife courses can be found in our events section.
This late winter tour offers superb opportunities for photographing some of Scotland’s special wildlife subjects such as red squirrels and crested tits, using well-established feeding stations and purpose-built photography hides, right on our doorstep. Other subjects here include birds of the northern forests such as great spotted woodpecker, siskin, and occasionally treecreeper. From our base in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, we may also make excursions in search of red deer and mountain hare – or simply to enjoy photographing the amazing Highland landscape. Weather conditions will obviously influence what we are able to do, to some extent. There will be digital slide shows in the evenings after dinner, featuring presentations by Chris Gomersall, and participants are encouraged to bring some of their own work to share with the group.Non-Nikon users are welcome.
We will be staying in a spectacular lodge at Ballintean, Glenfeshie, in the Cairngorms National Park - a specially converted farm steading, as used by Speyside Wildlife and Northshots. Our group will enjoy exclusive occupancy of this comfortable, ideally-situated lodge, with its shared lounge and meeting area, remarkable views of the Cairngorms landscape, and our own resident chef. Your package includes 5 nights full board with a cooked breakfast, packed lunch, and a 3-course evening meal with coffee. There is no single supplement and all rooms are en-suite.
Arrival and departure
Arrivals expected on the late afternoon/evening of Saturday 22nd of February, ready for an evening meal about 7pm. The nearest airport is Inverness, and the nearest convenient railway station is Aviemore station . It may be possible to offer a pick-up service for those traveling by air or rail, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is ample parking at Ballintean for those arriving by private transport. The tour will finish officially after breakfast on the morning of Thursday 27th February.
Local transport is provided throughout the tour in a 9-seater minibus.
Moderate fitness level required. Involves walking over rough ground - normally no great distance, but if all of the group are deemed capable it might be possible to spend a day in the mountains in a quest for ptarmigan. Please bring walking boots and suitable protective gear for winter mountain conditions.
Average customer rating for this course:
"This course far out weighed my expectations, with the structure there was no pressure to perform, we were encourage to work within our own ability, but also to try something new, the conditions were perfect. Overall I gained much valuable experience and would highly recommend to anyone no matter what level they have in photography."
"The location and setting for the course was spectacular, with snow blizzards, beautiful white mountains and excellent accommodation - a great place and great food. We spent the four days in various hides set up specifically to photograph woodland birds, red squirrels and crested tits. A trip up the Findhorn Valley where we tracked down and crept up on mountain hares was a real highlight with some wonderful photographs of these magnificent animals, obtained. "
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Ballintean, Glenfeshie, Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park, PH21 1NX