**Numbers are vey low, but right now I have a wonderful hare I call "Bo" who tends to sit in the same location.  I believe she is a female with a leveret close by, so I'm not sure how long she'll remain in situ but as long as she does she's brilliant!   We can also go to a different location but this involves a long walk up a steep hill (on a good path).

Mountain hare photography is a wonderful thing - there's no baiting, no hides, just field craft, endurance, fitness, patience and a little luck, but it can be very rewarding, and when you look at the images you’ve taken, you’ll forget how tough it was on the hill! Watching the hares groom, stretch, run, interacting with other hares and maybe even boxing is great - there's also a fair bit of hunkering down and staying warm in the cold climate. Hares are fab, beautiful animals even when inactive, their facial expressions can be wonderful.   Hare numbers have dropped over the past few years mostly due to poor weather and the low survival rate of leverets.  If you really want the chance to see these incredible animals up close it is recommended you go with a guide - I am on the hill very regularly and know where the animals tend to be.

A good level of fitness is recommended, however, if you are worried about climbing up and over the hill please do still get in touch because there may be the option of animals at a less strenuous location - please don't let a lack of fitness put you off! You will however need to be able to sit for extended periods in cold/wet/windy/snowy weather.

Read more about what a day on the hills with me is like on my Mountain Hare Guiding Blog post.


day/days of guided mountain hare photography in the Scottish Highlands.

To book, purchase a voucher or find out more please get in touch - karen@karenmillerphotography.co.uk

£200 one person for 1 day, £300 2 people

£350 one person for 2 days, £450 2 people

£450 one person for 3 days, £550 2 people

( includes £25 deposit at time of booking)

Vouchers are also available at prices above - it makes a lovely present for the hare lover/photographer in your life!  Full amount payable when purchasing, although please do read the information here to ensure the recipient will be able to participate.  Vouchers are valid until the end of the next calendar year (ie if purchased in 2022 must be used by the end of 2023).  I do require a couple of weeks notice to reserve the day(s).

Your day can be tailored to your personal needs and I can provide as much or as little photographic tuition as you require.  Included is field-craft and information on the behaviour of the hares.

Please be aware that a good level of fitness is required, many of the hares are up a hill and you'll be walking and crawling across uneven, heather covered moorland and possibly through snow too if you're lucky!  We also spend a fair amount of time sitting with individual hares so you do need patience as well as hares tend to spend the majority of their day snoozing.  If fitness is an issue, it's possible I can still make it work for you, but please contact me to discuss.

Your guide, Karen Miller, is a certified outdoor first aider.

Transport - We will meet at a location a few miles from the hares and I will drive you there.

Location –  Scottish Highlands between Inverness and Aviemore.

Clothing - lots and lots of layers - even in summer dress for cold weather!  Even if it doesn't seem cold there's always a wind chill factor and you'll be sitting for extended periods.  Waterproofs essential for both you and your camera. Good, comfortable, waterproof boots with ankle support, thick socks, gloves, scarf, hats.  I can provide hand-warmers.  Walking poles can be of use especially when it is snowy.

**If I feel your clothing is inadequate for the conditions I will not take you onto the hill and no refund will be available**

Food - Please bring anything you'd like to eat or drink with you, it can be a long day. A flask of something hot highly recommended!

Facilities – we shall be out on an open hillside for several hours, so there are no toilet facilities.

Recommended camera kit – DSLR or similar. Lens 300+. Waterproof cover for camera/lens. It’s up to you if you’d like to bring a tripod or monopod, but you would have to be able to carry it up the hill and over rough ground.

**Don't bring any more gear than you have to as there's a fair amount of walking involved**

Finally, if you’d like to read more about mountain hares and photographing them, then can I recommend my blog, here’s a link to the ones featuring mountain hares: https://karenmillerphotoblog.com/category/wildlife/mountain-hares/

To book or discuss further please contact Karen Miller