Departing in the early morning to get the best of the light, this trip will focus on seabirds but will also feature seals and quite possibly bottlenose dolphin which we expect to encounter on about 60% of trips giving excellent photographic opportunities in the low sunlight with the coast in the background
Local wildlife photographer Ian Hay will be on hand to help you make the most of photographic opportunities and help with the technical aspects.
The workshops will be limited to eight photographers, on board the charter vessel the Mrs B. This is a luxury vessel that offers a very stable platform for photography with an emphasis on birds in flight including Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, kittiwake, fulmar, and gannet.
The boat also has a low-level platform at the back that gives access to low angled photography for birds sitting on the sea. Access to the platform is limited to calm seas and you will be allowed to use it in rotation as space is limited.
Seals are curious and will make great photographic subjects as will the cliffs and castle.
Jumpling photographic workshop
Time 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Season - Mid July
This is a unique experience to see one of the most spectacular wildlife events in Europe. Each year young Guillemots must make the journey from the high cliffs to the sea. This is done when they are still very young and not fully able to fly. This is a dramatic spectacle as the adults call the chicks to make the death-defying leap whilst predator are looking for a quick meal.
The crew worked on the BBC Stormborn documentary and have the experience to get the boat into the correct position at the right time to catch this extraordinary event.
Local wildlife photographer Ian Hay will be on hand to help you make the most of the photographic opportunities.
The trips will be limited to eight photographers on board a charter vessel the Mrs B. This is a luxury vessel that offers a very stable platform for photography.
The boat also has a low-level platform at the back that gives access to low angle photography of birds sitting on the sea. Access to the platform is limited to calm seas and you will be allowed on in rotation as space is limited.
Ian is a naturalist and wildlife photographer whose photographic articles have been featured in BBC Wildlife, Birdwatching magazine, Scotts magazine and Scotland outdoors. He is contracted to provide photographs for RSPB Images and has held over 10 exhibitions of his work with the first being held in 1997. He has recently started a YouTube channel giving help and inspiration for photographers.
Ian has carried out citizen science whale and dolphin watches for the last 20years and has organised volunteer surveys from Aberdeen to the northern isles for the last fifteen.
He has also run trips to teach tourism businesses about the coast and its wildlife as well as photographic trips including dolphin photography workshops.
Stonehaven paddle boarding have joined us in this unique trip. Dave is an experienced SUP instructor and Andrew our skipper combines their local knowledge to produce a truly memorable experience.
On this tour you will be exploring the amazing coastline between Stonehaven and Dunnottar Caste. Dramatic Sea Cliffs, Caves, Coves, Waterfalls, and paddle below the breath-taking Dunnottar Castle.
There is an abundance of wildlife to spot – Seals, Sea Birds and maybe even a Dolphin or Mermaid.
This is the next step for those that have completed a Beginner Lesson successfully or are already a competent paddler on the sea and is essential in your progression towards solo paddling.
We use our boat to take you to all these amazing spots not normally available to paddleboarders paddling from Stonehaven. The boat is there as a base to take a break but mostly to get you to some remote parts of the coast not normally visited by paddle boarders. We limit spaces to six on this trip so there is plenty of space for you and the boards. You can use your own equipment, but the price does include board, paddle, and safety equipment. Lunch can be provided.
Mrs. B is a new boat built in Finland to exacting standards and is the perfect platform for exploring our Northern Waters. She has 680 hp from two big engines that eat up the miles or she can happily cruise along at a comfortable speed taking in the coastline in comfort. We can accommodate up to 8 guests with the option of sitting inside or enjoy protected outside seating. These trips are meant for a group who really want to have a bespoke trip.
Fast, safe and dry.
We can take you on your own Sea Safari along the cliff’s sea the vast array of seabirds from Puffins, to Guillemots, Razor Bills and Fulmars with chicks in the summer months. Seals frequent our shoreline and several pods of dolphin’s patrol along the inshore waters providing a truly amazing spectacle.
You can stay warm and dry. With no height restriction.
Mrs. B is unique in the fact we tow a small RIB called “wee brother”, we like to keep our names in the family. Wee brother is there to explore giant caves that even our other big RIB 4 brothers can’t get into. This is an amazing experience being so close to the wildlife without disturbing it. Grey and common seals love “wee brother” and are very inquisitive of their visitors. We can also stop at nearby Catterline and take you ashore to go for lunch at the creel Inn or take you onto a beach to explore.
How about some lunch alfresco in your own secluded bay?
Another option is if you fancy doing some fishing our skipper knows a few secret spots to catch a variety of fish. As our heritage is fishing, we have some lobster pots that we can show the traditional way of how lobsters and crabs are caught. However, we do operate a catch and release policy so no lobster for tea I’m afraid.