Contact us on 01479 812345 or email email@example.com if you would like to discuss the sessions before booking. You are welcome to visit the Fishery beforehand to familiarise yourself with the surrounding before your early morning start!
The Fishery is open from the 1st of April to mid-August, depending when the birds arrive and are settled, feeding regularly until they migrate. For more information on this year’s Osprey migration see http://www.roydennis.org/animals/raptors/osprey/.
Guided dawn and evening sessions are available 7 days a week, advance booking is essential as is providing your own equipment. Groups meet at the Fishery 10 minutes before the session starts, early morning times vary as they begin at first light and evening times are 16:30.
Our hides have all been built specifically to photograph Ospreys fishing; we are continually learning and adapting them. They are all low level and the pond has been raised. The two oldest hides each have four places and the two newer fives places in each hide. We are planning to build at least one new very low level hide for this season to enable more certainty that whatever the wind direction you can capture a head on shot of a diving Osprey.
Rothiemurchus Fishery is beside the river Spey just across the bridge from Aviemore. If you are coming by car, at the South entrance to Aviemore roundabout take the turning to Coylumbridge, Glenmore and Cairngorm (brown signs to Rothiemurchus), cross the River Spey and
the entrance to the Fishery is immediately on the left. More information is available on the How to Get Here page if you are coming by another mode of transportation.
There is also excellent public transport with frequent bus and train links into Aviemore from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Inverness. It is then a 7-minute walk from the railway station, cross the lines by the pedestrian bridge, turn right, pass The Old Bridge Inn then turn left across the old iron bridge, follow the old road for 50 yds. and the Fishery is just on the left.
Early season: April – May
£90.00 pp guided morning: first light – 9.00, with optional complimentary unguided day and evening sessions (see below) if an Osprey does not hit the water during the guided early morning guided session
£160.00pp for two consecutive guided early mornings: first light – 9.00, with optional complimentary unguided day and evening sessions (see below) if an Osprey does not hit the water during the guided early morning guided session
£60.00 pp unguided evening: 16.30 – dusk*
£40.00 pp unguided day: 9.30 – 17.00*
£20.00 pp unguided half day: 4hrs max. between 9.30-17.00*
* unguided sessions are onlyavailable to customers already booked onto guided
early morning session/s
Peak season June – August
£140.00 guided early morning first light – 9.30, with optional complimentary unguided day and evening sessions if an Osprey does not hit the water during the guided early morning session
£230.00 for two consecutive guided early mornings: first light- 9.00, with optional complimentary unguided day and evening sessions (see below) if an Osprey does not hit the water during the guided early morning guided session
For three or more consecutive guided early mornings please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
£100.00 guided evening: 16.30 – dusk
£60.00 unguided evening: 16.30 – dusk*
£40.00 unguided day: 9.30 – 17.00*
£20.00 unguided half day: 9.30 – 13.00 or 13.30 – 17.00 *
* unguided sessions are only available to customers already booked onto guided
early morning session/s
Full payment on booking, Credit Card (not Amex), BACS or cheque.
Changes and cancellations
We need at least 24 hours’ notice of a change or a cancellation to receive a full refund.
Who are the guides?
Our guides are chosen because of their keen interest in wildlife and they are enjoying meeting other naturalists, even at first light. They are here to advise photographers on what to expect, ensure that the fish are content, Osprey are not attracted to other parts of the fishery and to alert you by radio to a bird approaching or flying overhead so that you are ready to take the picture; they leave the photography to you.
How long is each session?
Early morning sessions last from first light till 9.30am.
Evening guided sessions last from 16.30 until dusk.
How many dives can I expect during a morning session?
These are wild birds, nothing can be guaranteed. The unexpected is part of the experience; dives vary from 1 up to 8 on a typical morning. On occasions dives can reach double figures.
What species of fish do they catch?
Rothiemurchus Fishery is stocked with excellent Rainbow Trout. We use live trout for Osprey photography, both for the quality of the picture and bio-security to protect the welfare of the fish and wildlife.
What happened if no bird hit the water during a guided early morning session?
You have the option of a complimentary unguided day and/or evening session preferably to be taken the same day. However, it is valid for 12 months from the date of your visit. Please do not expect another free session.
What lenses are best?
DSLR or Mirrorless system with a lens in the region of 300mm minimum and up to a maximum of 500mm based on a full frame camera.
Have no more than the length of the lens hood protruding from the hide.
What other equipment is recommended?
A tripod, beanbag or head plate is recommended, hand holding is not.
What clothes do I wear?
Even in summer it can get cold in hide as you are sitting for long periods, so it is best to layer up clothing.
Remember these are wild birds – be ready, keep checking camera settings and stay alert.
You will be warned when an Osprey is approaching or overhead but remember they have extraordinary eyesight so it is important to keep still, have no more than the length of the lens hood protruding from the hideand be ready for the moment.
Ospreys preparing to dive is an exhilarating, exciting experience even for the most experienced photographer and it is easier to stay calm if you are prepared and ready.
Is there any other wildlife to photograph?
Herons and Mallard and if you’re very lucky the occasional Kingfisher.
At Loch an Eilein there are Red Squirrel and Bird Feeders which regularly attract Crested Tits and Coal Tits.
More questions or advice
Please feel free to text for a call back for more details on 07827 011780 or email us on
Good Luck; we hope you have an enjoyable and productive visit
Nowhere else in the British Isles are the history and fortunes of the osprey more inextricably linked to a place than those birds that frequent the Rothiemurchus estate. For well over one hundred years the Grant family have been instrumental in the successful return of these magnificent birds to the UK as a breeding bird, and nowhere else are you more likely to have an unforgettable encounter with one as it plunges to snatch a fish.
This has been my ‘go to’ spot for filming and photographing ospreys hunting for decades – and it just keeps getting better. Of course, part of the magic is held in the fact that these are wild birds and it is at their will that one waits for the chance of an encounter. But let me tell you, if lady luck is smiling on you and you have an osprey hitting the water at eye level before you only 10 or 15 mores away, it ranks as one of the wildlife wonders of the world. Indeed, even if you are not trying to get a photograph of this magnificent bird, it is well worth simply waiting, watching and thrilling at the phenomenon.
- – Simon King, OBE, LLD, HonFRPS, HonFBNA
I have been lucky enough to have been involved with the Rothiemurchus Ospreys for over 6 years , I must have watched and photographed hundreds of dives and still find it one of the most exhilarating wildlife experiences anywhere. To witness this magnificent bird dive and plunge into the water 10-15 metres away then fly past you with a wriggling trout is extremely special and I have to say very addictive.
For the photographer, what makes the difference at Rothiemurchus is the low level hides giving you virtually a water-level eyes view of the action. This perspective gives a unique viewpoint and the potential for stunning images. The backgrounds are hugely important and this has been taken into consideration at Rothiemurchus. When using the correct lens and settings you can isolate the Osprey from its surroundings, making it stand out even more. Combine that with the low angle position and you have the perfect combination to achieve some superb pictures. It’s never easy and patience is often rewarded.
They are wild birds, and there are many things which are out with anyone’s control that can dictate whether they fish or not. Dives will vary but that is part of the challenge, if you truly want to be a wildlife photographer you have to understand and accept that aspect. However, when it does happen you will never forget that moment, such is the spectacle, you will have witnessed something that is a rare privilege. I have taken possibly thousands of Ospreys images, and have many that I am delighted with, but I still have not got THE shot, close but still not quite there. So I will keep trying and one day it will happen. Even if you do the Rothiemurchus Ospreys just the once and get some dives it will be a memorable magic experience.
- – Neil McIntyre, Category winner in Wildlife Photographer of Year Awards and in the British Wildlife Photography Awards