Evening one and all
Once again I need to turn to the great unwashed to seek mystical guidance.
My dad is an amateur photographer and his passion is wildlife photography, he even spent a week up near the arctic taking piccies of polar bears and such. That was just last year.
It was his 80th last week birthday and I made the mistake of telling him I would bring him to Scotland for a week so he can do some photography as we would have a wander around. My Bad. He is fit as a fiddle and can walk me under the table as long as he has a regular break with a cup of tea and a sandwich. I have got his flight booked and so I will collect him from Glasgow airport on the 21st September. Nip over to Edinburgh and spend a few hours over there. then on upwards in a northerly direction.
Sunday spend at Oban?
Monday Around Fort Augustus day around loch ness?
Tuesday at Speyside near Aviemore
Wednesday Moray firth Dolphins and anything else we can fit in after.
Thursday John O Groats/ Thurso
Friday back sown south somewhere.
Saturday morning in Edinburgh and drop him back at Glasgow for his flight home.
Other than that he wants to go sit in a shed for several hours and try to get a picture of a pine martin. so I am booking a slot at Speyside Wildlife either on the Tuesday or Thursday and as that is not until the evening about 9pm. we will probably spend the day at the Highland wildlife park to amuse ourselves. I take pictures as well so I wont get bored but he is usually a lot better than me. But lets not talk about my photo of the dolphin breaching the surface. snigger.
I think a trip on a boat off the Moray firth taking wildlife photos of seals, dolphins and birds would be good. Can anybody recommend a good operator for the photography? There are loads of them.
And as we are that way it would seem to be rude not to go to John O groats for a wander. There is a 6 klick walk that he will happily do although I may moan a bit, and take some snaps along the way.
But that is only 2.1/2 days. So I have a number of questions.
Main question. Are we going to be inundated with the midges then? Netted hats advisable?
I am up for any suggestions of where to go, where to stay, things to photograph. I am trying to plan the whole trip so i do not double back on myself. It is the old once in a lifetime trip so I want to make sure we fill in as much as possible. I don't want to just drive around as it gets boring for the passenger. So start one place stop for a few hours drive to next place etc. Nothing is set in stone and I haven't booked anything yet except the flights.
All being well I will also pop into Mcleods to have a look at their secondhand scopes. Not that I am having anything to do with shooting . No siree.
so all suggestions greatly received.