Guided ptarmigan photography days

A full day of guided ptarmigan photography near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.

All year.
£185 per person
(£300 for 2 people).

To enquire about booking please use the contact form below.

No species in the UK symbolises the beauty and harshness of winter more strongly than the ptarmigan. The ultimate mountain survivors, these hardy birds live above 600m altitude in the high corries of our finest upland scenery. They are exceptionally well camouflaged, and require good fieldcraft to approach.

This photography day is aimed at enthusiastic wildlife photographers and bird watchers with a good level of fitness. The day requires around 3.5 miles of walking with some steep uphill sections, probably in snow.

As with my guided mountain hare photography workshops, I am there to provide as much or as little photographic guidance as you require. Whilst many of my guests are enthusiastic nature lovers wishing to take their photography to the next level, it is equally common for me to guide award-winning semi-professionals.

I’m also there to provide guidance when it comes to being out in the winter hills, which can feel like quite an adventurous experience for many. I am a highly experienced hill-walker and mountaineer, regularly writing articles for publications such as The Great Outdoors Magazine, UKHillwalking and Walkhighlands.

What’s included?
-A full day of guided ptarmigan photography.
– The chance to photograph red grouse and often snow bunting.
– Tuition in field-craft, approach, and essential skills for upland wildlife photography.
– Advice on image post-production if required.

Transport –
Typically we meet in Aviemore and I will drive us the rest of the way. Access to your own vehicle is preferable. If this is a problem, please be in touch and we’ll have a chat to discuss options. The meeting point is also flexible.

Location – Aviemore, Scottish Highlands.
Meeting point – the Rothiemurchus Centre carpark, Aviemore PH22 1QH
Fitness level – This is the most strenuous guided photography day which I provide. You should be comfortable walking in an upland environment for a few hours.
Facilities – we shall be out on an open hill-side for several hours, so there are no toilet facilities once we have left the car.
Footwear – good walking boots essential. The day will often involve walking through deep snow, so you must be able to keep your feet warm.
Clothing – you will be in a winter mountain environment. Full waterproofs, wooly hat, gloves, thick socks – all essential. Insulated jacket preferable.
Food – bring plenty! You’ll be out on the hill for several hours in the cold.
Suggested camera kit – DSLR or similar. Lens approx 500mm. Tripod or beanbag. Waterproof cover for camera/lens.

To book, please use this contact form