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Pine Marten Hide

Pre-arranged (evenings only)

Available Year Round

*Flash units, receivers and transmitters are available for hire if you prefer this to LED lights. This is an extra £30pp and can be added to your booking after completing your billing address. If you would like to hire them please add a note on your booking to state which camera body you will be using.

It is important in that in our pine marten photography hide that you have good etiquette.

Located on Scotland’s South West Coast near Kirkcudbright, over the past four years we’ve worked tirelessly to develop a unique opportunity to photography the elusive Pine Marten.

The hide is on the edge of a pine forest with years of conservation work taken place by our team to establish a breeding population in the region.

LED lighting is used to illuminate the area meaning flash is not required.

Now available all year round and each day of the week

There is to be no messing about with the set-up in anyway.

Disturbance must be kept to a minimum.

Do not wander in and out of the hide

No gaps in the netting making yourself visible in any way from outside.

No sudden lens movements

Noise to be kept to a minimum

Please take all your mess home

When the Pine Marten visits please wait until he starts feeding before any shots are fired

The site is covered by CCTV with audio.

Anyone found to be flouting the rules will not be welcome back to any hides run by Scottish Photography Hides.

Meeting Point

Beside the War Memorial at, Ringford, DG7 2AL

Meeting Time

Monday-Sunday: Pre-arranged (evenings only) depending on the time of the year.

IMPORTANT   Please email us at a couple of days before your day to find out the meeting time.  Scottish Photography hides takes no responsibility to find out the meeting if you do not get in touch prior to your visit.

Photography Hide Facilities



Layby Parking

Terms & Conditions

By booking this photography workshop you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

Additional Information

It is important in that in our pine marten photography hide that you have good etiquette.

These animals are super sensitive and it is extremely important no noise is made.

Silent shutter and single shot are advised if you have this option.

If you are quiet you will have a 95% chance of success, but if not you will have a 95% chance of failure it is that important.

It can get a bit chilly at this site  so warm clothing is advisable.

The walk from the car can be a little slippy during times of wet weather and it is a short walk with a steepish hill to negotiate , so boots with a good grip are advised.

Due to the location of this spot, there are no toilets on site.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be expected to be in the hide for atleast 4 hours from the point the hide manager leaves to maximise your chances however there is no obligation on the time you spend in the hide and its entirely up to you how long you give it. Just dont complain if you have a no show if you do go early.

Available: Year Round
Max Participants: 7 Persons
Lenses: 300-500mm

Plates are in the this hide so a gimble heads can be used. There is also a sturdy shelf that is more than adequate for beanbags.

Meeting Point & Time
Pre-arranged (evenings only) depending on the time of the year. Meeting is Beside the War Memorial in Ringford Village, DG7 2AL.   As you come of the A75 trunk road you enter the village straight away and the War mamorial is situated just past the 1st cottage on the left.

It is important that clients are there sharp as the hide manager only has a 30 minute window and if you are late you may loose your day. It would also be appreciated if you could be suited and booted and have all required kit ready prior to the meeting. Thanks in advance.



From the start time we advise you prepare yourself for a minimum of 4 hours from darkness falling.

Because of our schedule we cannot meet any later than the time stated

It is our policy not to give out our number as in the past it caused to much hassle as we were receiving calls all day and night. We were forced to make the decision to only deal with emails, Facebook messenger or Instagram messages.

No, you are greeted at the meeting point then are told to follow the site manager to the hide where you park up. The hide is only a short walk from here.

NO, All bait must be supplied by Scottish Photography hides.

If you would like a hide to yourself the number of seats in that particular hide must be paid for.

Only if no other clients are using the hide that day.

Unfortunately no, We do our best to attract them regularly and have a high hit rate. Of course there will be days a no show occurs, but we are dealing with wildlife here so you must understand this can happen.

If the cancelation occurs within one month of the hide date you will unfortunately lose your day altogether. If it is over a month away you will be able to choose another date that must be taken within a 12 month period of the cancelation. With Covid-19 being a factor in recent times we have extended this period to 2 years. However no refunds will be issued on any cancelations.

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