TOURS - James Shooter

Red Squirrel Special

Red Squirrel

The Scottish Highlands are the home to many wonderful subjects but without a doubt, one of the most beautiful subjects to be found there is the Red Squirrel. We have been working with Red Squirrels for many years and during this long weekend break, we will have exclusive use of a pair of sites to allow us to capture this iconic mammal, producing a stunning and varied portfolio.

Each site offers different set-ups from simple portraits to capturing the acrobatic ability of this charming mammal as it leaps through the air, to incorporating the forest environment with wide angle shots to show the stunning forests. All in all a jam-packed short break to capture an array of images of our native Red.

Dates: 6-9 March, 2020 | 5-8 March 2021

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Price: £825

Trip focus: Wildlife Photography

Booking: Natures Images

Wilderness Weekend: Cairngorms Connect

Loch Insh

During this weekend retreat, we’ll explore the landscapes and wildlife of Cairngorms Connect, Britain's biggest habitat restoration initiative. Cairngorms Connect is a partnership of neighbouring land managers, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park.

The Cairngorms Connect area stretches over 600 square kilometres - it is a landscape of superlatives. Ancient woodlands intersected by sparkling rivers and lochs, encircle an Arctic-like mountain massif – the most extensive and wildest of its kind in Britain. There are vast tracts of blanket bogs, tranquil wetlands and secret woodlands. It is a place where eagles soar, wildcats prowl and red squirrels forage; home to plants, insects, birds and mammals found in few other places.

Dates: 15-18 May, 2020  (SOLD OUT) 

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Price: £765

Trip focus: Rewilding/Nature

Booking: Rewilding Escapes

Wilding Out West

The west coast of Scotland is a wild and rugged landscape, shaped by weather and ocean. At this time of year, the last remnants of the Celtic rainforest, which once stretched across most of Scotland's western seaboard, are carpeted with vibrant bluebells and lush ferns. Walking amongst these ancient forests, dripping in lichens and mosses, is a humbling insight into what once was and, what could be again.

Over the last few decades, this area has seen the return of white-tailed eagles and more recently, beavers. In the first-ever mammal reintroduction project in Britain, this keystone species is now sculpting the forests and wetlands of Argyll for the first time in 400 years.

Rewilding doesn’t stop at the water’s edge and along Argyll's intricate coastline, there are many inspiring projects helping to improve our marine ecosystems. We’ll explore these stories throughout the retreat, whilst searching for the region's special wildlife along the way.

Dates: 16-22 May, 2020

Location: Argyll, Scotland

Price: £1465

Trip focus: Rewilding/Nature

Booking: Rewilding Escapes

Rewilding Explorer: Summer

Glenfeshie

The Scottish Highlands are home to some of the UK's most spectacular landscapes and best-loved wildlife. After many years of decline, the last remnants of the Caledonian Forest are beginning to recover. The gnarled granny pines, some centuries-old, are now surrounded by new life as saplings begin to erupt from the undergrowth and spread.

Rewilding is taking hold across large parts of the Cairngorms but of course, it's about so much more than just trees and our base in the Cairngorms is the perfect location to explore a variety of habitats - from upland to wetland and croftland to coast.

This season brings new wildlife watching opportunities with ospreys back on their nests and the long summer evenings allowing the best chance for a glimpse of recently reintroduced beavers. Many animals are busy collecting food for their young and early summer is one of the key times of the year for fantastic wildlife watching opportunities.

It's an exciting time for rewilding in Scotland and we’ll explore a diverse array of stories and hear first-hand from some of the experts on the ground helping nature to recover.

Dates: 30 May - 5 Jun, 2020  (SOLD OUT)  |   6 - 12 Jun, 2020   (1 PLACE REMAINING) |

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Price: £1325

Trip focus: Rewilding/Nature

Booking: Rewilding Escapes

Wilderness Weekend: Alladale Reserve

Native woodland regenerating along glacial valley, Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Sutherland, Scotland.

Ever since Alladale Wilderness Reserve began its rewilding journey almost 20 years ago, we’ve enjoyed a close working relationship. We are delighted, therefore, to now offer a luxury weekend retreat in the wilds of Sutherland.

Set against rugged hills and Scotland’s most northerly ancient Caledonian pine forest, Alladale Lodge is the ultimate private getaway. This imposing Victorian lodge is comfortable and spacious. In addition to its beautiful bedrooms and lounges, the property boasts an in-house sauna, gym and snooker room.

Each day Alladale’s talented team of chefs will serve freshly prepared meals while we sit back, relax and indulge in the solitude of our own 23,000-acre wilderness reserve.

Dates: 10-13 July, 2020 

Location: Sutherland, Scotland

Price: £1260

Trip focus: Rewilding/Nature

Booking: Rewilding Escapes

Sea Eagle Spectacular

The west coast of Norway is one of the most beautiful regions of northern Europe. This pristine coastline is the home of the White-tailed Sea Eagle. Without a doubt one of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities that has emerged over the recent years has been the chance to photograph the majesty and grace of White-tailed Eagles as they dive to snatch a fish from the water beside your boat.

The experience itself is amazing with stunning images to match and with just 4 guests this is a truly exclusive experience as well. Ole-Martin Dahle’s Norwegian set-up was the pioneering (and still by a clear distance the best) in this field and you will have all the advice and opportunity you need to get your own spectacular shots. We’ve scheduled early morning and evening trips for the best light conditions throughout our trip.

Image: ©Natures Images

Dates: 15-20 August, 2020

Location: Flatanger, Norway

Price: £2045

Trip focus: Wildlife Photography

Booking: Natures Images

Rewilding Explorer: Autumn

Glen Affric

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to explore the spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. After many years of decline, the last remnants of the Caledonian Forest are beginning to recover. The gnarled granny pines, some centuries-old, are now surrounded by new life as saplings begin to erupt from the undergrowth and spread.

Birch, aspen, willow and rowan glitter these woodlands with golden hues and fungi, in all their wonderful forms, decorate the landscape. Rewilding is taking hold in many parts of the Cairngorms, but of course it's about so much more than just trees, and our base in the Cairngorms is the perfect location to explore a variety of habitats - from upland to wetland and croftland to coast.

The autumn months see shifting priorities in the wildlife we search for. Salmon leap up waterfalls to reach their spawning grounds, red deer are roaring throughout the glens, red squirrels hurry across the woodland floor and crested tits are calling from the tops of pine trees. It's an exciting time for rewilding in Scotland and we’ll explore a diverse array of stories and hear first-hand from some of the experts on the ground helping nature to recover.

Dates: 31 Oct - 6 Nov, 2020 

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Price: £1325

Trip focus: Rewilding/Nature

Booking: Rewilding Escapes

Highland Winter

The Scottish Highlands in winter offer dramatic potential. Snow, frost, ice and wildlife make for a heady combination of opportunities that vary each year as the conditions do. We’ll have exclusive use of a range of sites to allow us to capture local highlights including Red Squirrel, Crested Tit and a variety of other woodland birds. We’ll also look to photograph Red Deer and weather willing (and on an optional basis) head up into the mountains in search of Ptarmigan.

Snow Bunting and Mountain Hare are also very much on our radar in terms of species as we look to work a number of locations during the course of the trip whilst allowing time to develop an array of images of your personal priorities too. With stunning landscape potential all around as well, this trip offers a real opportunity to capture all that a Highland Winter has to offer the nature photographer.

Dates: 6-12 February, 2021

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Price: £1495

Trip focus: Wildlife Photography

Booking: Natures Images

Black Bears & Divers

Minnesota is a US state justifiably famous for its northern boreal forests and associated lakes. These wonderful wildernesses are home to many iconic species and this trip, which we have been running for a number of years now specifically working with the help of local photographer and Natures Images guide Stan Tekiela, will focus on two of them.

For the lakes part it is the Great Northern Diver as we call them in Europe, but the Common Loon as it’s known here – a bird of a familiar yet haunting call and which will be looking after their young on an array of lakes and using low-level boats we will be able to photograph their parenting at a number of locations.

For the forests, it’s the Black Bear and a location where mothers have been bringing their cubs to feed for decades, and with the chance of males on the scene as well, the encounters and photography can be equally spectacular. This unique combination offers a real chance to capture and experience some of the essences of northern US forest wildlife.

Image: ©Natures Images

Dates: 12-21 June, 2021

Location: Minnesota, USA

Price: £3295

Trip focus: Wildlife Photography

Booking: Natures Images

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