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11 February, 2025 ( 18:00 - 00:00 UK time) - Grantown on Spey

Nikon School Adventures - Cairngorms Wildlife


Join Nikon School for a winter photographic adventure in the Highlands of Scotland photographing red squirrels, crested tits, and other native Scottish wildlife while under the guidance of Nikon School experts Neil Freeman and Ricci Chera. This is a 5 night residential workshop where you will learn wildlife photography skills and fieldcraft techniques with Ricci and Neil also on hand to advise on the best camera settings to ensure you get great images.

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£1,665.00 per attendee
Nikon School Adventures - Cairngorms Wildlife - Grantown on Spey
11 February, 2025
( 18:00 - 00:00 UK time)

Course Contents

On this workshop we will spend the days exploring the Cairngorms looking for the best light and wildlife photography opportunities. You will learn about wildlife photography and the camera settings needed to ensure you can get the best images from the wildlife encounters we may have. If the weather turns against us, we can spend the time in the hotel hosting image editing and critique sessions as well as wildlife photography lectures and camera setting Q&A's until the weather clears. This workshop is for photographers of all levels whether you are just starting out in photography or an experienced photographer.

We will have a selection of cameras and lenses available for you to borrow on the course including Z 6 & Z 7 II, Z 8,s and Z 9's and 100-400mm, 180-600mm, 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/4 and 600mm and 800mm f/6.3. However, If you would like to borrow any specific kit for this course please get in contact with us at [email protected] with your request and we will do our best to bring it along.


This winter tour offers superb opportunities for photographing some of Scotland’s special wildlife such as red squirrels using well-established feeding stations and purpose-built photography hides. 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 and the light will obviously influence what we are able to do, but we have various options if it does turn against us. Time permitting, there will be digital slide shows and editing sessions in evenings after dinner hosted by Neil & Ricci.


We will be staying at the Grant Arms Hotel, in Grantown-on-Spey. Your package includes 5 nights half board with a cooked breakfast and evening meal. There is no single supplement and all rooms are en-suite. The Grant Arms is known for its amazing facilities for bird and wildlife watchers, with its own club room, lecture theatre and a comprehensive library available to guests.

Arrival & Departure

Please arrive late afternoon or early evening on the first day of the course ready for an evening meal about 6pm for introductions and a welcome briefing. The workshop will finish officially after breakfast on the last morning. More information and joining instructions will be provided closer to the time. We will also host a Zoom Pre-briefing in January for you to ask any questions you may have about the workshop.

2025: Tuesday 11th Feb (meet 6pm) - Sunday 16th Feb (finish after breakfast) - Neil, Ricci & Chris Gomersall - max 9 delegates


We will be travelling in a small convey of cars depending on the weather conditions. Please note that the hotel does not have a car park, however, there is ample on street free parking in the vicinity of the hotel. For any delegates wishing to arrive train, your closest station is at Aviemore. For flights it's Inverness Airport which is about 1 hour away by hire car or taxi.


Moderate fitness level required for this workshop. Getting to some of the shoot locations Involves walking over rough ground, normally no great distance, but our quest for mountain hares could be a little more strenuous with a gentle climb. Please bring walking boots, hiking poles (optional) and suitable protective gear for winter mountain conditions.


To book a place on this workshop, you can either e-mail Nikon School at training.uk.com and we will arrange a time to speak with you so you can pay a non- refundable deposit of £500 to secure you place on this workshop. The balance will due due around 3 months before the workshop commences. Otherwise, book online to pay the full amount which will also secure your place on this workshop.

Latest course reviews...

Cairngorm photo course

Great course well organised good hotel excellent trainers who were very friendly and good at sharing their knowledge overall very enjoyable

Patricia S.


Course Requirements


  • DSLR
  • Telephoto lens in 300mm-600mm range (400-500mm ideal)
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod

Other Essential

  • Camera backpack (not flight case or rolling trolley)
  • Walking boots
  • Suitable clothing for winter mountain environment - waterproof jacket, fleece, gloves, hat, etc
  • Bean bags will be provided for you at the hides


Knowledge of:

  • Understanding of Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture

Activity / fitness
level involved

Medium level activity


Course Location

Grant Arms Hotel,
25 The Square,
Grantown on Spey,
PH26 3HF


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