Wild Scotland: Secrets of the Solway

Welcome to Secrets of the Solway, part of our fully flexible Wild Scotland Safaris!


This section may be booked alone, but is also perfect to combine with either or both of the other Wild Scotland Safari sections as a private small group or individual experience!

Wild Scotland Part 1: Highlands

Wild Scotland Part 2: Islands


South West Scotland’s Solway Coast is a little visited, wildlife rich gem.  We book exclusive use of a network of specialist professional photography hides to get you close to all of the region’s iconic Springtime species.  These are the secret places that many top pros use to create those shots you see and think “wow – how did they get that??”  


We may also take the opportunity to explore astro photography in this Dark Skies designated area…Scotland's springtime weather permitting!



Sparrowhawk and woodland birds

Chris Packham's World's Best Bird, and star of BBC Autumnwatch - sparrowhawk Mad Max ( plus Mrs Max! )

Exclusive use of the hides Autumnwatch used to photograph and video these tremendous birds.

What Chris Packham says about Mad Max:    

"Best bird I've ever seen..."      "Awesome..."      "The greatest individual bird on planet earth..."

Watch Mad Max & Chris Packham's encounter on Autumnwatch at 


...and in this hide you're always likely to see a few surprise guests such as red squirrel, deer and countless woodland birds! 

Tawny Owl

There is no mistaking a tawny owl hooting through the woods - and the thrill of hearing it is only bested by seeing  one swoop out of the darkness and into your viewfinder for an epic and perfectly lit photograph!


Much maligned, the fox is one of our most handsome mammals, a fact you'll appreciate while photographing them up close at this purpose-built hide


We're pretty keen to bet that this is as close as you can get to this fascinating and beautiful creature. Thanks to the skill of the team here this is another photographic opportunity it would be hard to achieve in the wild anywhere else.


One of the most beautiful and dynamic birds to photograph and this hide is the UK's premier location for those WOW! shots.  Trai will ensure that this is a place where dream shots are made reality.

Pine Marten

These charming small mammals are still relatively rare in the UK, especially outside Scotland, so the chance to photograph them as close as this is one to be jumped at!  This will be our evening shoot to round off day 2.

Optional Day 3 - additional cost 

Red squirrel

Our favourite little characters, red squirrels are always good for a photo opp! Our last morning flies by as they busy themselves around this purpose-built hide, complete with reflection pool.

Red Kite

The spectacle of up to 150 red kites spiralling overhead is a dizzying one. With exhilarating opportunities to photograph the birds in flight, diving for food and fighting in mid air for scraps, this is the perfect opportunity to bag a uniquely dynamic image.  A fine way to finish up our stay in SW Scotland!


Friday 9 April

Travel to your chosen Kirkcudbright Accommodation


1900 Optional group meet up for evening meal, introductions and briefing


Saturday 10 April 


0700 Meet Up

Our hide today will allow us to concentrate on photographing the iconic Sparrowhawk and Adder. And no doubt we'll be honing our photography techniques in between times too, as red squirrel, deer and a plethora of woodland birds pay the hide regular visits.  Bring a packed lunch today. Toilet facilities available on site.


You may choose to return to Kirkcudbright for a quick early dinner or remain in the hide with a packed meal



1700 Meet Up

As dusk descends we return to our hide site as fox and tawny owl become the focus for our first night time photography shoot.



Your chosen Kirkcudbright Accommodation

Sunday 11 April


0700 Meet Up

Today we switch our focus to kingfisher, the species that made the name of these photography hides, and for good reason - kingfisher photography just doesn't get any better than this!


1700 Meet Up

After an early dinner we head straight out for our second night time shoot of the trip - this time concentrating on Pine Marten.


Your chosen Kirkcudbright Accommodation or goodbyes and heading home.

Optional Monday 12 April - Additional cost: £60



A relaxed start to the day in the company of red squirrels, with our specialist hide giving opportunities to photograph their antics in the air and at a reflection pool.




Our last photography session of the trip sees up to 150 red kites in flight, diving, feeding and duelling. A fitting finale to our Secrets of the Solway safari!

Approx 15.30pm

Final goodbyes and head home

You may also like to see our Guest Gallery and Feedback page for this tour!

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