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The Cairngorms National Park sits almost 1000m above sea level creating a unique landscape environment – the remnants of the old Highlands. Here we are surrounded by the huge rounded ‘hills’ of the Cairngorm plateau – seemingly benign but actually some of the highest hills in Scotland and thus with the highest levels of snow in the UK.
Below the snow line are the stunning old growth Caledonian forests and moorlands, crossed by white water rivers and mountain streams feeding the wonderful lochs and lochans which bejewel the landscape. It is an under-photographed treasure trove of a place, full of glorious opportunities for us to work with.
This is one of our ‘Creative Growth’ tours and so there will be more time spent helping you develop your own style and thought process in approaching the way you make your work. We will endeavour to help you think more about the direction you are taking your work and putting more of yourself into it.
This will mean some time spent each day in reflective discussion, image review sessions, task setting (and review), image processing etc. - in short, focussing on the ‘Growth’ aspect of creativity . As we all eat together around the huge farmhouse kitchen table and relax afterwards in the lounge we will have time for creative discussion in the evenings too.
We have chosen our accommodation very carefully with this objective in mind. We really want to take you out of your day to day life and give you a week of total immersion, not only in the landscape, but also in creative thought.
Based in its own 120 acre nature reserve, and fitted out with its own projection system for our discussion and image sessions, Ballintean Lodge is perfect for us. We will have our own full time chef to prepare meals to our schedule. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are all included in the cost of the workshop.
This tour is also limited to ten participants so we will have even more time to work with you individually through the week, hopefully improving your experience with us even more.
This is a location we both know intimately and we are excited to have this opportunity to take you to all the delightful spots we love to make images of, and to help you grow as artists through our week together. We look forward to sharing it with you.




Ballintean started life as a farm but over the last 20 years, Peter & Amanda Cairns have re-shaped this wild corner of the Highlands into a quiet, nature-focused getaway. The property sits within a 120-acre “rewilding” reserve, where apart from a small herd of Highland cattle providing natural grazing, nature is left to do its own thing. The result is a rich tapestry of habitats from regenerating native woodland to open flood plain meadow. Ospreys nest next to the river, buzzards mew overhead and pine martens forage at either end of the day. A keen eye might also spot a golden eagle soaring over the distant ridge. Immediately beyond Ballintean there are extensive forests, hidden lochs and endless hills all waiting to be explored.

There are eight rooms in the lodge and a further two rooms in an apartment a couple of minutes away.

The Cairngorms

dancing leaves...sweet melancholy




5 nights  single room accommodation at the the Ballintean Lodge  or apartment nearby.

Includes breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Tuition from Valda and Doug


Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), alcohol, airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking. Not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Average temperature  9C


British Airways and other carriers operate direct flights from London to Inverness.  Flying time about an hour and a half.

Terms & Conditions




  • Bailey Chinnery Photography shall mean Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery


  • The Client: shall mean the person or persons listed on the invoice as the person booking the tour or workshop and anyone they are booking on behalf of


  • The Fee; shall mean the fee listed on the invoice for the purpose of the Client(s) attending the workshop or tour (including any applicable taxes should they apply)


  • The Dates; shall mean the dates listed on the invoice and workshop of tour website listing in respect of the commencement and termination of the workshop or tour


  • The Deposit; shall mean the sum listed on the invoice


  • The Invoice; shall mean the document sent to the client(s) indicating payment required for the workshop or tour


  • The Workshop or Tour; shall mean any place, event or location together with such details as may be recorded on the invoice and web page to include accommodation, tuition from Bailey Chinnery Photography and other services or extras as described during the dates outlined.




The invoice and these Terms and Conditions shall form the entire agreement between the parties save for any variations agreed in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and no variation or modification shall be effective unless accepted by Bailey Chinnery Photography in writing.




A Deposit is required when the client books a Tour or Workshop in order to reserve a place on the requested dates. The Deposit will apply towards the Fee payable for the Workshop requested by the Client and is non-refundable. The place on the Workshop or Tour is not secure until the Deposit is received. Bailey Chinnery Photography reserve the right not to accept any booking without giving a reason.




The balance of the Fee must be paid for or on behalf of the Client no later than 28 days prior to the Dates. The Client shall always remain the persons liable to Bailey Chinnery Photography for the Fee on behalf of the Client. Any bank or PayPal charges incurred due to returned cheques or PayPal fees will be debited to the Client and payable in addition to the Fee.




In the event of the Client cancelling the Workshop or Tour, Bailey Chinnery Photography reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee in accordance with the following scale:


  • The Deposit may be returned if cancellation takes place more than 3 months prior to the Dates if an alternative booking can be secured.


  • 100% of the Deposit may be retained if cancellation takes place less than 3 months prior to the Dates


  • 100% of the Fee will be retained if cancellation takes place within 28 days of the workshop or tour


If Bailey Chinnery Photography can secure an alternative booking at any time up to the Dates they may be able to return some or all of the Fee at their discretion and may retain an administration fee.




Bailey Chinnery Photography cannot be held responsible for the lack of photographic coverage caused by any restrictions in force by officials or organisations of any location where the workshop or tour is due to take place. Bailey Chinnery does not guarantee any specific location or photograph, although every effort will be made to deliver the Workshop or Tour as described on the website and tour notes.


Travel and Accommodation


The Fee does not cover any costs associated with the Workshop or Tour beyond accommodation, transport (as provided by Bailey Chinnery Photography) and all photographic tuition during the Workshop or Tour. All other costs and expenses associated with attending the Workshop or Tour are the responsibility of the Client.


Force Majeure


Whilst every care is taken to provide the Tour or Workshop on the Dates, it is subject to alteration or cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography owing to any cause beyond its reasonable control, i.e. Act of God, Fire, War, Road closure, illness etc.


Cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography


In the event of cancellation by Bailey Chinnery Photography, Bailey Chinnery Photography’s liability shall be limited to a full refund of any sums paid by the Client in respect of the Workshop or Tour. A rearrangement onto a future Tour or Workshop can be arranged free of charge. Bailey Chinnery Photography will not be responsible for any further costs, losses, claims or actions howsoever arising, and the Client hereby indemnifies Bailey Chinnery Photography against same.


Illness and Non-Attendance


Bailey Chinnery Photography will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the named photographers will be available to lead the Tour of Workshop; however, in the unlikely event that one cannot attend an alternative replacement leader will be sought. If this is not possible the Workshop or Tour may still be able to proceed with a single leader and without reduction in Fee.


Client Responsibility


It is the responsibility of the Client to posses a valid passport (if required) and all visas, permits and certificates, including medical certificates required for the Workshop or Tour. All advice or notes given by Bailey Chinnery Photography on such is given in good faith.


It is the responsibility of the Client to arrive on time, to be healthy enough to complete the tour and come with the appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment.


Governing Law


This agreement shall in all respects be governed by the law of England and wales and the parties hereto submit to this jurisdiction.




The Client is hereby advised to take out a suitable insurance policy to cover for any expenses, losses, claims or actions of any kind arising in connection with but without limitation) to both cancellation by either party and force majeure affecting the Workshop or Tour or any event or matter relating to or dependent upon the Workshop or Tour.




Bailey Chinnery Photography do not accept any liability for personal injury, accidents or losses of any kind whatsoever, and however caused, during the course of the Workshop or Tour and the Client hereby indemnifies Bailey Chinnery Photography against any claims, costs, losses or demands howsoever arising in this respect.




In booking and paying a Deposit for a Workshop or Tour with Bailey Chinnery Photography the Client hereby agrees and confirms that they have read and understood the content, meaning and effect of these Terms and Conditions and acknowledge that they have been afforded the opportunity of seeking their own separate and independent legal advice prior to paying the Deposit indicating their complete acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.


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