- Forsinard Lodge
- Light Walking
- North UK
- Outdoor Event
- Special Price
|Duration||7 days (6 nights)
|Departure/Return Location||Forsinard lodge, Sutherland|
|Arrival Time||After 4pm|
|Departure Time||Before 10am|
From April, migratory birds should start re-appearing on our shores, heralding the start of a new breeding year. This makes summer in the highlands the perfect time to visit our wonderful northern location and make the most of our natural summer visitors.
Not only will the birds be returning but with the weather warming up and long summer days, insects and small mammals should be making themselves seen in the beautiful ‘flow country’ in the remote wilds of central northern Scotland.
Our summer trips aim to make the most of this explosion of returning wildlife with a boat trip out to remote parts of the northern coast for seabirds, the use of bird hide on spectacular Arctic Tern breeding pools and long sedate walks along the flow country board walks to find small insects, amphibians and elusive reptiles too.
The very small group size of only 3 guests will enable the guides and tutors to really assist everyone individually, not only with technical, camera support but also with location advice and creative ideas. This photography tour will have a focus on wildlife, and we’ll be helping out with the best camera setting and techniques to make the most of the opportunities we encounter. However, it would be impossible to make a visit to this wild county without taking inspiration from the breath-taking landscapes and coast lines.
Key subjects for the week should include:
Landscapes: There are a huge range of landscapes accessible in the area with natural features like dramatic beaches, waterfalls and hills, as possible targets. The region is also rich in characterful man-made structures, including Iron Age Brochs and more recent croft houses and cottages with weathered exteriors, rich in colour and texture.
Wildlife: Many seabird species should have returned to the northern coast, such as the iconic Puffins and these can be seen along with Gannets, Terns, Cormorants, Eider Ducks, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Shearwaters, Razorbill, Guillemot and Kittiwake. On our boat tour we may of course see Dolphins and Whales. Macro subjects might include Common Lizard, Common Toad, various dragonfly species and other invertebrates.
Above all else, we want our welcoming, small group trips to be relaxing and creatively stimulating, providing the perfect combination of rest and enjoyment of the wonderful pastime of photography!
Our base for this trip is the beautifully situated location of Forsinard Lodge in northern Scotland. The building was originally built in 1870 by the Duke of Sutherland as a hunting & fishing lodge at the head of Strath Halladale. The river here was highly regarding for Salmon fishing and the surrounding area boasted Red Deer Stags of unusual size. The lodge has spent most of its life as part of a much wider estate, but now provides Wild Arena a perfect base for photography in this beautiful and relatively undiscovered part of the highlands.
We also boast some amazing neighbours including our good friends at the RSPB reserve at Forsinard, who manage a vast area of diverse upland surrounding the lodge.
Our guests are accommodated in recently refurbished bedrooms within the Forsinard Lodge building. Each room has its own new, en-suite bathroom and are comfortably furnished for our visitors stay. Guests will also have use of a conservatory lounge where meals can be served, and the group can come together in the evenings.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at the expedition base at Forsinard Lodge for a relaxed, introductory briefing and welcome evening meal with your hosts (airport or train station transfers from Inverness are available by request for mid-afternoon on arrival day).
After breakfast, we will head out as a group for our first full day of photography. For this initial day, it will all be about the little things, so we can travel with macro lenses, tripods, and flashguns to see what amazing insects we can find. We’ll head back to the lodge for lunch and then explore another area out the back of the lodge for more macro subjects and small birds.
A very early start with a trip out to the hides for nesting sea birds, including Arctic Terns. We’ll take a picnic breakfast with us to eat at leisure once we’re set up on the hides, and later in the day, when we’ve done all we can, we will head further north for coastal seabirds in a very different setting.
Again we’ll have a fairly early start and take a picnic breakfast with us and head north west to a Puffin colony and amazing coastal views, we’ll spend all day looking for birds and exploring this wonderful area.
Another early start heading to the coast to meet our skipper for the morning and head out to see what sea birds and mammals we can find. There should be plenty to see and we’ll take the skippers advise on the safest coves and cliffs to explore.
The final day of photography and another chance to see more seabirds, again we’ll leave early with a picnic breakfast and head to the west coast for Puffins and other seabirds. This beautiful island reserve should offer us plenty of scope for photographing these wonderful birds and on the way back there we’ll find some amazing scenery to finish off the week.
After a final breakfast, we will round up the week before guests depart for 10am.
Please note: – The itinerary is provisional and subject to change depending on local conditions. Not all wildlife mentioned can be seen well at all times of the year & some activities mentioned may not always be available.
Meals included are as shown – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
06.05.23 to 12.05.23
03.06.23 to 09.06.23
10.06.23 to 16.06.23
08.07.23 to 14.07.23
22.07.23 to 28.07.23
How to Book
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A week at Forsinard, the new hidden gem on my photography calendar. Janet and David have magically blended their passion for photography and in-depth local knowledge with the area’s stunning settings and abundance wildlife. Add in Adrienne’s delicious homemade meals, the delight of the old lodge and what is not to love. The group sizes are deliberately small making for an intimate learning environment, I can honestly say I feel totally recharged, reconnect to my photography and cannot wait to go back.
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