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 and the Scottish Highlands.  


Camera settings

How to photograph in low or varied light

How to capture natural, emotive images

Red squirrel behaviour


I am only able to offer local red squirrel workshops to visitors to the Scottish Highlands (at the request of the landlord). If you do live close enough that it would be a day trip I can hold a workshop at a different hide  although the cost of hide rental is not included in the price below.

Option One for visitors to the Highlands:

My local hide near Beauly.  This site is in a deciduous wood and is a very natural setting.  You'll often see five or six squirrels at once bouncing across the woodland floor or sitting in the surrounding trees.  I do not have a wooden hide, but do have pop-up hides available and it's also possible to sit/lie outside the hide for eye-level images - hot water bottles and drinks can be provided!   

The hide also has visits from great spotted woodpeckers, jays and little birds including great, coal and long-tailed tits, robins and chaffinches. Sometimes a wren appears or even a tree creeper.

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

Option Two for Highland residents, or visitors staying in the Cairngorms who prefer not to travel to my hide:

We'll rent a private hide 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.  Hide rental not included in cost of workshop.

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): £100

One-to-one morning only: £60

Option Two (private hide):

One-to-one full day (summer/autumn only): £120 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*

(please note, some private hides only offer half day sessions)

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