Photo by: Sam Gardner
Location: Orkney Scotland Ring of Brodgar
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Scotland: Orkney Islands, Inverness & Cairngorms National Park

Live It, Love It, Shoot It

  • Photograph and explore the diverse landscape of the Orkney Islands, along with the broch’s (prehistoric forts), spectacular cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches, and friendly people.
  • Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands with castles, mountains, and the River Ness.
  • Cairngorms National Park offers serene landscapes in the mountains, valleys and streams of Northern Scotland.
  • All accommodations are central to photographic locations.
  • Flexible itinerary to take advantage of special events and opportunities along your route.
  • Maximum of twelve
  • Professional photography leader Nancy Ori and local Scottish guide.
Region

Europe

Destination

Scotland

Dates

October 3-14, 2023

Duration

11 days

$5995

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 7-8 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $895.

Tour Overview

We are very pleased to announce this itinerary to Northern Scotland featuring the highlights of Inverness, Cairngorms National Park, and the Orkney Islands. Nancy invites you to join her on this amazing journey. Each location will have special photo opportunities designed for photographers to get off the beaten path and see an inside view of the quieter side of Scotland. The tour will be at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time to photograph the natural beauty of...

We are very pleased to announce this itinerary to Northern Scotland featuring the highlights of Inverness, Cairngorms National Park, and the Orkney Islands. Nancy invites you to join her on this amazing journey. Each location will have special photo opportunities designed for photographers to get off the beaten path and see an inside view of the quieter side of Scotland. The tour will be at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time to photograph the natural beauty of the landscape as well as discover the local history, people, and culture.

Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands sits on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. This vibrant city offers all the wonders of the Highlands on its doorstep. Experience true Outlander Highland scenery, iconic castles, majestic mountains, and unique wildlife, including the home of the famous Loch Ness monster! View this compact city from the top of Inverness Castle, marvel at the stunning St Andrew’s Cathedral or take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the River Ness. Finish your days at a lively Scottish pub with some traditional music and a wee dram of whisky.

Immerse yourself into the history and beauty of Orkney. The flat and undulating islands with rich soil make the grass lush green and nurture their summer crops of grain. Perhaps there will be a bit of heather left at this time of year. The seventy islands contain the densest concentration of archaeological sites in Britain, testifying to their long history of settlement. It is also abundant in diverse bird life.

The Cairngorms National Park has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and distilleries than you can possibly imagine. If you’re drawn to Scotland for its astonishing natural beauty, there’s nowhere better to visit. The largest national park in the UK, it boasts five of the UK’s six highest mountains.

Accommodations are at quaint inns or lodges. Breakfasts will be taken at the lodges, while lunches will usually be picnics in the field or pub lunches, with dinners at local restaurants, or hotels, those meals included are listed in itinerary. The food is both delicious and wholesome. Transportation will be in a comfortable bus

What to Expect  Participants should be in good physical condition to walk on what could be uneven or slippery surfaces and be able to handle their own luggage and camera gear each day. You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels, and there will be plenty of time to work individually with participants to address specific photographic concerns. This is primarily a photo tour, concentrating on shooting rather than critique. Each participant needs to be familiar with his or her own camera equipment, and in downloading images. Your photo leader is pleased to address specific photographic concerns that individuals may have.

Photo Leader TBD

Tour Itinerary

October 3: Home

Depart from the U.S. today on an overnight flight to Inverness International Airport (INV). Your arrival time on October 4 will be announced in your first packet for a group transfer. (Meals on plane)

October 4-6: Inverness

Arrive in Inverness in time to check in and enjoy a photography walk along the Ness River. Inverness is a very compact city, which will provide an ideal opportunity for evening and morning photography walks with your photo leader. You can easily reach the Inverness Castle, St. Andrews Cathedral, and the Victorian market. The next day explore locations just outside the city such as Urquhart Castle, 13th Century ruins, located in the Highlands beside Loch Ness, Beauly Priory was built around 1230 as a monastery, or Corrimory Chambered Cairn is from the Bronze Age, and is an excavated passage grave. Overnight Inverness (D; B, L; B)

October 7-11: Orkney Islands

Travel via ferry today from the North coast of Scotland to the Orkney Islands. With hundreds of miles of coastline, beautiful beaches and views as far as the eye can see, you’ll have no trouble finding your own space in Orkney. These enchanting islands off Scotland’s north coast await you. See 5,000-year-old sites in the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney, stroll along idyllic beaches and dramatic sea cliffs, get up close to amazing wildlife and reconnect with nature. Maes Howe, a chambered tomb, the finest in Western Europe, was built before 2,700 BC to align with the winter solstice. Even better known, is the astonishing prehistoric village, Skara Brae, inhabited from about 3,100 BC, until buried by shifting sands. A storm uncovered the remains in 1850. Photograph the amazing Ring of Brodgar, a massive stone circle that was built over 5000 years ago. Visit the Viking Cathedral in the village of Kirkwall, and the picturesque town of Stromness, which is wonderful for photographing at night. Overnight Orkney (B, D; B, L; B; B; B)

October 12-14: Cairngorms National Park

After enjoying your last morning on Orkney, depart this morning, returning via ferry to the mainland, making your way to Cairngorms National Park. Possible photo locations may include Killiecrankie. Located at the southern edge of the park, a spectacular wooded gorge, was the site of a famous battle during the Jacobite rebellion of 1689.

The impressive and nicely proportioned mound on which Ruthven Barracks stands is said to be a natural leftover of the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. This was one of the few crossing places of the middle reaches of the River Spey, and it lies at an important junction of the routes through the Cairngorms.

Loch an Eilein, just south of Aviemore, has an easy walking trail and and from Aviemore there is a funicular up to the top of the surrounding mountains. It is worth a view for landscape lovers. Return to the hotel to pack for departure tomorrow and then enjoy your farewell dinner this evening.  Overnight Cairngorms National Park (B; B, L; B, D)

October 15: Inverness - Home

There will be a group transfer to the Inverness Airport today (time to be announced). (B given time)