Red squirrels are undoubtedly one of the most joyful creatures to watch as they bounce around, eat and cache nuts and chase each other.  I never leave a session with the squirrels without a huge grin on my face!

However, they aren't the easiest animal to photograph as locations are often in woodland with poor and varied light plus they move so very very fast!

If you'd like to learn how to leave a session with the squirrels with great photographs as well as the aforementioned grin, then this is the workshop for you!

To book, purchase a voucher or find out more please get in touch -

Woodland Squirrels December 2020

The objective of the day (duration dependent on hide and/or time of year) is to learn how to successfully photograph these fast moving creatures.   During the summer months the squirrels are active from dawn to dusk, however in the winter and early spring they tend to be active only in the mornings. Prices below are therefore based on activity levels.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions you must have your own transport and abide by any restrictions in your local area.  During full lockdown I am unable to offer this workshop, however do please get in touch if you are interested in booking in the future.


Camera settings

How to photograph in low or varied light

How to capture natural, emotive images

Red squirrel behaviour


Option One:

My local hide near Beauly - I have a wonderful extended family of red squirrels in the woods behind my house, at least 7 or 8 as of November 2020.  This is a deciduous wood and a very natural setting.  You'll often see five or six squirrels at once.  I do not have a wooden hide, but do have pop-up hides and it's also possible to sit/lie outside the hide for eye-level images - hot water bottles and drinks can be provided!   

I also (Jan 2021) have 3 red squirrels visiting my garden and have a set-up here too which can be used.

These locations are  only suitable for one-to-one workshops.

Option Two:

A private hides in the Cairngorm National Park, there are a few to choose from.  These are all  fantastic sites with flowering heather in the summer and the possibility of snow in the winter.  One has hides dug into the ground for eye-level images and has a reflection pool during the summer months.

Red Squirrel, Cairngorms

Another (the most expensive) has a large hide and is situated within the stunning remnants of the old caledonian pine forest.  Very pretty!   This hide also has a jump although you do need a fast lens for this.

Red Squirrel, Loch an Eilein, Neil McIntyre's hide, august 2017


Also available as a gift voucher.

Option One (my hide):

One-to-one full day (summer/autumn only): £150

One-to-one morning only: £100 

Option Two (private hide):

One-to-one full day (summer/autumn only): £100 full day + cost of hide*

Two to one full day (summer/autumn only): £80 per person full day + cost of hide*

One-to-one morning only: £80 + cost of hide*

Two-to-one morning only: £140 + cost of hide*

Option Three (my hide):

Hide rental: £50 for as long as you wish on a day. Nuts provided, but please note it's a pop-up canvas hide, or you can sit outside with the squirrels (which is more fun!).  If you aren't a photographer but would like some joy in your life and a chance to sit and watch the squirrels do let me know too as we can work something out.

*cost of hide will be confirmed before booking is finalised as the private hides have different rates.