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It has been an extremely busy week. Due to lockdown conditions in certain parts of the country, I have been hindered in getting pricing sorted out for my forthcoming Clanlands Photography Tour. I hope to be in a position to launch the new tour, here on my website as soon as possible. Congratulations to Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish for their incredible success with the book. Well done lads!

Okay, here is the preamble to this shot (I think it may be my best shot of all time, because it gave me a thrill when I made it).
As you may know, I’m launching a new photography tour that will be known as the Clanlands Photography Tour, inspired by the newly published book by the two Scottish actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. So I set aside today (Thursday, November 5)  to get some promotional shots for the tour and to get shots of places that I’ve been to before, but didn’t get shots that were related to the new tour.
I left Edinburgh at 5.20am this morning and headed north to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I went to the Glencoe Mountain Resort (There really is nothing there, but hey – it gets a mention in the book!) and then continuing into Glencoe – some 300 yards/metres along the road, I took a right to photograph the “new” Kingshouse Hotel. My next stop would be to photograph the outside of the Clachaig Inn at the other end of Glencoe.
So, after I get my shots,  I drive to the top of the Kingshouse Hotel driveway to turn right (about 8am) and off I go! But just 30 yards along the road I spot some deer on my right hand side. This is the only road that goes through Glencoe, but due to Scottish Lockdown conditions the road was empty – just me. I stop the car, engine still running, and this magnificent beast comes up from the moor on the other side of the road and he’s just looking at me. I lower my window and grab the camera and get this shot! To the left, you’ll see two of his lady friends and he’s telling me…..on your way mucker, they belong to me.
A surreal moment! Man, Nature, Geography, Transportation, Technology and Respect. I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life. You have to admit, he’s a handsome brute!
Glencoe Stag

Glencoe Stag

Happy to announce that we have received a fantastic review for our Outlander Photography Tour in the Daily Record Newspaper’s Tourism Section.

You can read the full review here: Daily Record Newspaper review of our Outlander Tours

 

 

Outlander Photography Tours

 

Chaka

Chaka, the best dog I ever had

This is my dog, Chaka. Chaka was a Parson Russell – Collie mix and was born on September 1, 2004. My ex-girlfriend got him as a rescue dog from the Dog’s Trust in West Calder when he was just one year old. I first met Chaka when he was six years old, way back in 2011. Our first encounter didn’t go well. He was growling and barking at me, but I’ve been around dogs all my life and I thought to myself, “you’ll be alright”. The following morning he was all waggy-tailed and affectionate and from that moment we were the best of friends. Chaka, named after Chaka, Zulu warrior (appropriately, as you will find out) was diagnosed with pancreatitis four years ago and was immediately put onto a low fat diet and over the course of the last four years, administered Omeprazole when needed to manage the condition. He was always a very active and affectionate dog. At the beginning of October 2018 he started to display problems with his stomach and we took him to the Royal Dick Vet at the Bush Estate, Penicuik, near Edinburgh. After many tests they advised us that he would have to have his spleen removed (important to a dog’s immune system). Because of his age (14 years old) at the time, no insurance company was prepared to cover him and the bill was going to be just under £6,000.

I have many friends on Facebook and somebody suggested doing crowd funding to pay the bill, I expressed that I wasn’t comfortable with that but somebody started it anyway and my friends and those of my ex-girlfriend raised over £2,500 towards the bill. I’m fairly pragmatic, but also very emotional, and I asked the surgeon at the time “If the operation is a success, how long are we looking at?” and she replied “Three to six months” – we figured it was worth it and the surgery took place. It was touch and go and he was in ICU for six days and nights, fighting for his life. He won the battle! Over the course of the previous and the next twelve months Chaka had 5 (that we are aware of) vestibular attacks, also known as “old dog’s disease”, but he came through them all.

Over the last three months he has been very finicky with his food and in the last 4 weeks he lost 1Kg in weight, but very bright and alert, showing the same interest in the world around him as always. Today, he was down and I could tell this was the end of his amazing life. I called the Royal Dick Vet and they booked an appointment for 10.40 am. Due to the corona virus lockdown, I had to release him to the vet, Vicky and she took him inside and asked me to wait in my car. She did a scan and revealed that there were complications with his liver and kidneys. I promised him, my ex-girlfriend and myself that I would never see Chaka suffer and after consultation with my ex-girlfriend, we agreed to have Chaka euthanised.

Chaka passed at 11.58am this morning and I have wept ever since. Chaka was one dog in a million (I know we all say that about our beloved  pets, but this guy truly was a fighter with the heart of a lion) loved by thousands on Facebook and many locally. I kept strong until it was over, strong for him, until it was over. My, Our thanks go out to all the staff at The Royal Dick Vet who knew, loved and cared for Chaka over the years.

Chaka, you will remain with me until I die. I am empty right now, but I will heal and you will never, ever, be forgotten!

Sleep well my darling wee boy!

Chaka: September 1, 2004 – April 9, 2020

Photography Tour Company of the year, Photography, Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom, Award Winning

I am extremely proud and excited to win this prestigious industry Award for 2020. Over the last 10 years, I have worked extremely hard to offer photographers and people with an interest in photography a good selection of original photography tours. While there are several photography tours based in Edinburgh, did you know that mine was the first of its kind, anywhere in the world.

I have expanded the types of photography tours that I now offer. Of course the Edinburgh Photography tour is ever popular as is the 4 Abbeys + A Chapel Photography tour. Over the last two years my custom, private, photography tours of Scotland and my Outlander Photography Tour – based from Edinburgh, are proving to be a huge success.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve this success and I wish all my previous, present and future clients the very best for the upcoming festive season and hope that 2020 is your best year yet!

James

OUTLANDER TOUR BOOKINGS

 

Outlander Tour, Diana Gabaldon, Jamie Fraser, Outlander Photography Tour. Outlander

Anne and Marijke, two Dutch Outlander fans have booked their Outlander Tour for July 27 to August 1, 2020, so those dates are no longer available. Hotel accommodation is in limited supply and as such we recommend that you book your Outlander Tour as quickly as you are able to, to ensure we can get you the right accommodation. Please get in touch with James Christie – uk.jameschristie@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Full itinerary for the Outlander Tour can be found here Outlander Tour Details

 

Outlander Tour, Diana Gabaldon, Jamie Fraser, Outlander Photography Tour. Outlander

Thank you for visiting my web site. My Outlander Tour is a photography tour and a sightseeing tour of the Outlander film locations in Scotland. This tour took me 2 years to develop, to ensure that I could give Outlander fans from all over the world the very best Outlander experience when visiting Scotland. I am a huge fan of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon and the TV series by the Starz Network. Scotland, my birthplace, is a beautiful country to visit and I can understand why so many people want to come here.

My Outlander Tour is 6 days and 5 nights. Hotel accommodation is included in the price. You will stay at the Original Rosslyn Inn, set in the romantic village of Roslin, just 8 miles south of Edinburgh City Centre (less than 3 minutes walk from the historic and mystical Rosslyn Chapel) for 4 nights and the last night will be at the Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. This Outlander Tour is the only one of its kind and it is the most comprehensive Outlander Tour available in Scotland today. You will be guided by myself, James Christie, – I have 41 years experience as a professional photographer and have photographed many legends over the years including, but not limited to David Bowie, Vidal Sassoon and Simon Callow (Duke of Sandringham), so you will be in very good hands. You don’t have to be an advanced photographer, as I will guide you step by step, all of the way to ensure that you return home with outstanding photographs of every Outlander location that we visit. Most importantly, my goal is for you to enjoy the 6 days that you will spend with me.

I have been doing Photography Tours in Scotland for 10 years and developed the Outlander Tour 3 years ago. Diana Gabaldon frequently likes and retweets my tweets on Twitter about this Outlander Tour, which is a huge honour and very humbling to myself. I have been on location when season 4 of Outlander was being filmed. I have over  1,000 fantastic  TripAdvisor reviews and I am a great story teller. I wanted to produce an Outlander Tour that would be different to the many others being offered and I believe that I have achieved that goal. The Outlander tour is thorough and I have no set timetable so you get to spend longer, at each site visited, than you would on other Outlander Tours.

You don’t need a fancy camera to make great photographs, I have had clients on tour with me and all they had was their iPhone and with my instruction they went home with amazing photographs. My goal is to give you the experience of a lifetime and to go home with your Outlander Tour photographs and rave about them to your friends and family for many years to come. I live less than a mile from Roslin and as such if you want to venture in to Edinburgh on any of the evenings that you are here, I can take you there and bring you back to the hotel, my philosophy is: You are the boss and I am here to assist in any way that I can.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Outlander Tour here: Outlander Tour Booking Page

Rosslyn Chapel, Knights Templar, Freemasonry, Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, Tom Hanks, Grand Lodge, Dolomon's Temple, Holy Grail

The magnificent and mysterious Rosslyn Chapel. We visit this incredible site on our “4 Abbeys + A Chapel Photography Tour”. Construction on the Chapel began in 1456 by William Sinclair, the first Earl of Caithness. His original plan was for a cathedral sized structure, but he died and it was never completed.