Tour: Autumn Gold ·

Autumn Gold

24.10.2020 - 30.10.2020 Cairngorms | Peter Cairns photography, landscape, wildlife, outdoor, adventure 1225 GBP

As the birch woods of the Scottish Highlands turn to brilliant gold and the high tops are dusted with the first snowfall of late autumn, the Cairngorms National Park becomes a nature photographer’s paradise. Ethereal mists cloak mirror-calm lochs and ancient Scots pines, withered over three or more centuries, stand sentinel silhouetted against fiery sunsets. At this time of the year, the Highlands is a landscape of captivating beauty, enhanced by a clarity of light unique in the UK.

Our photographic adventure will include visits to primeval pine forests; hidden glens rich in autumnal colour; sweeping heather moorlands and rugged mountain scenery. From our base in Glenfeshie we will take full advantage of the wonderful natural tapestry of landscapes right on our doorstep but we will also venture further afield, perhaps to the autumnal delights of Glen Affric or Torridon.

Our aim throughout this retreat is not only to capture the classic scenic splendour of the Highlands, but also to be artistically creative and to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We shall explore patterns, shapes and textures and look at the creative use of lighting and composition. Our outlook will remain flexible so that we can react to conditions as they arise, taking account of the weather, light and time of day.


  • Capture the colours and moods of autumn in the UK’s wildest National Park.
  • Explore woodland, lochs and moorland at dawn and dusk.
  • Learn creative techniques to add variety to your images.
  • Enjoy top accommodation and food in our own country lodge.
  • Evening presentations to inform and inspire.


Our accommodation in the Cairngorms is a lovely converted mountain lodge in spectacular Glenfeshie. The Lodge is comfortable and full of character - specially designed for photographic house parties. All rooms are private with en-suite facilities. Accommodation has Wi-Fi connections although phone signals can be patchy.


Your room at Ballintean Mountain Lodge will be available from 5pm on arrival day. Cars can be safely parked at our lodge. Directions will be sent, as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie station (7 miles). 

Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer transfers on arrival/departure day but we charge £40 per trip, which can be shared if other members of the group are travelling by air.


Peter Cairns is your guide for this retreat. Peter has 20 years of photographic tour-leading experience and knows this part of Scotland intimately. For those who would like assistance, he will take you through both technical and creative aspects of landscape photography and will be on hand to help you get the most from your time spent with us.

Autumn Gold
Peter Cairns