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The Tipling, Tesni, Thomason Tour

Tour Overview

An exciting new collaboration combining the expertise and leadership of David Tipling, Tesni Ward and Brydon Thomason, inspired by a lifetime spent among the islands and their wildlife.

With over 25 years’ experience leading photo-tours on Shetland, with more than ten of them with us, David is no stranger to the islands and we are thrilled to have Tesni join our team for a second year on this exciting tour. Whilst all camera users will receive full guidance and support, we have two OM System specialists on board.

Showcasing the very best of Shetland’s spectacular wildlife from waders to seabirds, this tour visits the best locations. They include Sumburgh Head, Noss, Hermaness and Fetlar. One of many highlights will undoubtedly be the exhilarating opportunity to photograph diving Gannets at very close range on our exclusive charter to Noss NNR with ‘Shetland Seabird Tours’. For many though, the star attraction (and our signature species), is the Otter.



Key points

  • Leadership and expertise of three esteemed photo-tour leaders
  • A day concentrating on otter photography – guests paired off from the main group with Brydon.
  • A boat charter for gannet feeding frenzy photography.
  • Develop and hone field craft skills and subject knowledge.
  • Learn how to get the best from your camera.
  • Low guest-to-guide ratio.

Accommodation; split over two bases to maximise opportunities and logistics to suit locations and subjects. Sumburgh Hotel in Shetland’s South Mainland and Fetlar in the North Isles. *Note on Fetlar guests will be accommodated at two venues, Gord guest house and exclusive use of their self-catering property nearby.

2024 Dates

  • Wednesday 29th May to Wednesday 5th June, 2024
  • Thursday 6th June to Thursday 13th June, 2024

More information and booking here! 


Start: 29 May 2024
End: 13 June 2024
Tesni Ward, David Tipling, Brydon Thomason

Sumburgh Hotel, Sumburgh, Shetland, UK

Sumburgh Head 25
ZE3 9JN Sumburgh Scotland
United Kingdom

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