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Wild Scotland: Secrets of the Solway

Currently available as a tailor made photographic safari


Welcome to Hidden gems, part of our fully flexible Wild Scotland Safari ! 

This section may be booked alone but is also perfect to combine with either or both of the other sections

Wild Scotland Part 1: Highlands

Wild Scotland Part 2: Islands


South West Scotland’s Solway area is a little visited, wildlife rich gem.  We book exclusive use of a network of specialist professional 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 will also take the opportunity to explore astro photography in this Dark Skies designated area…weather permitting!

Kingfisher - one of the most beautiful and dynamic birds to photograph - this hide is the UK's premier location for those WOW! shots


Sparrowhawk - Chris Packham's World's Best Bird, and star of BBC AutumnWatch

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

What Chris 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

Tawny Owl & Fox

After dark the sparrowhawk hide also plays host to two more exciting residents!

Pine Marten

One of few hides in the UK attracting reliable sightings and photographic opportunities of this charming but elusive species


Try your hand at flash photography of this endearing nocturnal mammal - always entertaining and providing some wonderfully dynamic shots.

Adder - we're pretty keen to bet that this is as close as you could ever get to this fascinating and beautiful creature - a one-off photographic opportunity  


Badger - the hides here provide excellent access to this perennial favourite of UK wildlife.  Being able to photograph badgers here in daylight and close proximity means you'll go home with wonderfully intimate shots


Cuckoo - just back from Africa, these birds are keen to mate and put on a display for photography that's unmatched anywhere in the UK

Dipper / Pied Flycatcher - from these hides you will have the chance to photograph busy parent birds bringing in food for their hungry chicks

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


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 unique image.

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SUGGESTED HIDDEN GEMS ITINERARY - please note that species will depend on time of year

Day 1

Daytime - Travel to Kirkcudbright Accommodation and check in. Early dinner.

Evening - Badgers in golden light


Day 2 

Daytime - Kingfisher: our hide here in Galloway is the premier place to photograph these brilliant birds in the UK

Evening - Otter

Overnight - Kirkcudbright Accommodation

Day 3 

Full Day & Evening

Our hide today will allow us to photograph Sparrowhawk, red squirrel, a plethora of woodland birds and - as dusk descends - fox and tawny owl

Overnight - Kirkcudbright Accommodation

Day 4

Daytime - Jumping Red Squirrel, Adder and Cuckoo, rotating through the hides for the chance of more brilliant shots.

Evening -Pine Marten

Overnight - Kirkcudbright Accommodation

Day 5

Late Morning

A relaxed start for packing up, followed by a fitting finale to our Wild Scotland safari: a photography session of up to 150 red kites in flight, diving, feeding and duelling.

Approx 3pm

Final goodbyes and head home

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Dates & Rates


Currently available as a tailor made photographic safari or 1-2-1 tuition experience with Trai



INCLUDES: Accommodation inc breakfasts, transfers, all hide/reserve/entry fees, photographic tuition.  


EXCLUDES: Travel to/from Aviemore, other meals, gratuities, personal insurance

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

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