Clan Cameron Tour

Andrew

Clan Cameron TourWhilst we have been busy delivering and expanding our Outlander Tours, in the background we have been doing a lot of research into Scottish History, Culture and Clans. We are introducing more of this type of content into our tours for those that want it. We are also developing a range of Clan Tours focussing mainly on the Highlands Clans – one of our favourites being the Camerons. So we are delighted that our first Clan Tour has been a Clan Cameron Tour. Clan Cameron is one of our favourites.

This tour between Inverness and Lochaber, takes in many sites that are important in the context of the Cameron history, especially the proud military history of Clan Cameron.

We are developing a longer two or three-day version of our Clan Cameron Tour which will be available on this website soon. Our one-day itinerary for this tour included: Read More →

Contrasting Spring Shots

Andrew

We’ve had some glorious weather recently, with brilliant sunshine in the Highlands (whilst there has been flooding and thunderstorms down South). The period of high pressure, contributing the sunshine has also caused many moody misty morning too.

This has lead to some contrasting spring shots, which I have shown in the Gallery below. I think this is my favourite of these photographs, not because it captures the contrast in itself – I just like the shot:

Contrasting Spring Shots

These shots were taken whilst on our recent Outlander Tours, others (the misty ones) on our all-new Clan Cameron Tour from Inverness to Lochaber and Achnacarry. Look out for other blogs posts about these tours. These shots were taken at the following locations: Read More →

Outlander Tour Video

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We offer a range of Outlander Tours across both the Highland locations that inspired Diana Gabaldon to write the Outlander series of novels and sequels, plus the filming locations used by STARZ for the Outlander TV series.

Here is our new Outlander Tour video highlighting what you can expect from our Outlander: The Past Life Experience tours:

Music by The Cundeez, with special thanks to Gary Robertson. This piece is called ‘Homecoming.

If you like what you see, then please share our Outlander tour video on social media so that others can experience it.

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Motorsport – The Snowman Rally 2018

Andrew

Below is a gallery of my favourite shots from Stage 5 of this year’s Snowman Rally in and around Inverness. These shots are from the stage that takes place on Forestry Commission land in Contin, which is a Ross-shire village and civil parish between Strathpeffer and Garve in the Highlands.

Like many photographic opportunities, it is best to plan and scope out the best locations in advance, if you can.Alas, I did not, at least not as much as I could. i dis arrive early and walked up and down a few hundreds yards that was marked out for spectating. Due to safety concerns, the areas from which you can spectate and photography are limited. There are six rally stages to choose from. In 2015, I went and photographed from stage one, so this year I wanted to try a different stage.

I’m not a big petrol-head. I went for the photography. To be honest, I’m one of those armchair sports fans who’d generally prefer to watch my sport (unless photographing it) from the comfort of my home, with the benefit of the multiple vantage points that TV channels typically have with their cranes, multiple cameras, helicopters and drones etc. I know tat several of my photography friends and acquaintances really enjoyed watching and experiencing the motorsport action first hand.

The challenge is that from one limited viewing perspective, your photos can all end up looking quite similar. So it pays to think out different kinds of shots and perspectives. One classic type of view, that can be very effective is to take a panned shot from a side perspective; with the right shutterspeed and with a little practise, you can get a nice sharp image of your sports subject against a blurred background. Here’s an example from the Snowman Rally Stage One in 2015:

The Snowman Rally

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Paddling Aigas Gorge

Andrew

I spent a very enjoyable day with a group of Highland Photographers led by Donald McPherson from Explore Highland paddled along Aigas Gorge.

The weather was commonplace – not quite four seasons in one day…. We had plenty of sunshine and it was very mild for January, apart from during the odd squally shower!! This made for a great variety of light to photograph in.

aigas gorge

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Flying Squirrels

Andrew

The guys I share the local hide with have done a great job setting up some jumps for the local squirrels to ‘work for’ their treats. This has resulted in flying squirrels.

They are cheeky, brave little lads and lasses, inquisitive and entertaining.

Here’s the latest shots of the flying squirrels, plus a robin and a very cheeky squirrel.

Flying Squirrels

New wheels

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Here’s the first glimpse of our new wheels!

As well as our trusty, all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback which gets us around off the beaten track in great style, we now have a brand new 8 seater Minibus.

It is also stylish – a Mercedes Vito Tourer with a smooth 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox, turbocharged engine, comfort suspension and comfort leatherette seats. This all makes for an incredibly smooth and quiet ride.

We picked up the van last week; I drove it up from London, so it has 600 miles on the clock and is not at all clean! It is sat on the drive covered in snow right now, waiting to be cleaned.

We are looking forward to taking groups of up to six on tour with us around Scotland and The Highlands in the Vito. Here’s a couple of snaps, not at all good quality – from my phone:

 Mercedes Vito Tourer
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