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The Best Opportunities For Scottish Landscape Photography

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The Best Opportunities for Scottish Landscape Photography

Scotland has some of the best photography opportunities available in the whole of the UK. The large number of islands, lakes/lochs, mountainous scenery and impressive coastline provide the perfect subjects for stunning Scottish landscape photos. So, where are the best opportunities for Scottish landscape photography?

Some of the best opportunities for capturing the astonishing Scottish landscape can be found in the areas of Glencoe, Eilean Donan Castle, a collection of photography spots on the Isle of Skye, Mangersta, and many more. To make the most of these areas, it is important to go on a photography trip prepared with the right equipment to get the perfect shot.

Keep reading to find out more about some of the best photography opportunities in Scotland, and how to make the most of these opportunities.


Where is the Best Scotland Landscape Photography?

Whilst the locations below are a number of fantastic photography locations to capture the Scottish landscape, the list below is by no means exhaustive. There are countless areas all over the country that provide stunning views for your photograph, so be sure to consider other options too.



a large body of water with a mountain in the background

With such easy access to a number of tourist hotspots such as the Three Sisters, the Etive Mor Waterfall, and stunning lochside views of Kilchurn Castle and Castle Stalker, Glencoe offers the perfect trip for a keen photographer.


Eilean Donan Castle 

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Another very popular spot for photography in Scotland is the iconic rebuilt Eilean Donan Castle, which has been featured in various movies over the years. Located where three great sea-lochs meet, the castle is surrounded by the impressive mountains of Kintail.


The Isle of Skye

a large waterfall over a rocky beach

On the Isle of Skye, you are sure to find a number of scenic Scottish landscapes that offer the ideal locations for photography. For example, the Old Man of Storr which is a dramatic rock formation with a pinnacle that reaches 50 metres high. The popular tourist spot of Elgol also provides some amazing views of the Scottish highlands.


The Fairy Pools

a waterfall with a mountain in the background

Also found on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are a collection of natural pools and waterfalls that provide stunning subjects for your photography experience. The water reflections will enhance your photos significantly, and exploring the Fairy Glen will open your eyes to beautiful Scottish landscapes. 



a group of clouds in the sky over a body of water

The spectacular seascapes that can be found on the Isle of Lewis in the outer hebrides are also a great opportunity for photographers to explore. In particular, Mangersta has a number of rock formations on the coastline that are definitely worth visiting. 


Top Tips to Get the Perfect Photo

If you are planning a photography trip to Scotland, there are a number of considerations that can help you to get the perfect photo. 

Camera Equipment

To get the perfect photo of the Scottish landscape, it will be important to bring a range of camera lenses so that you are equipped to take a wide range of photos. A sturdy tripod will also come in handy, as you may wish to reduce the shutter speed and minimise camera shaking. A rain cover for your camera will most likely become essential due to the unpredictable weather conditions, and a polariser will prove useful for waterfalls, seascapes, or for shooting in the middle of the day.


When you are exploring some of the more remote areas of Scotland, it is important to arrive equipped with the right clothing, including appropriate hiking boots. Warm and waterproof clothing will be particularly vital during the winter months, and suitable hydration and sun protection during the summer. 

Weather Conditions

Scottish landscape photography is inevitably highly dependent on the weather. It is therefore important to consider the conditions and location carefully before embarking on a photography trip. If you are able to, booking on to an organised trip with a guide may help you to discover opportunities that you might not find otherwise. If you are trying to capture a specific photo, consider the time that you will need to arrive at the location to capture the right lighting and be sure to plan around the weather.


Book a Photography Tour of Scotland

Our range of photography tours will take you to the most stunning locations in Scotland. Delivered by our expert guide, our tours are second-to-none, and are guaranteed to provide views of the Scottish landscape that you would struggle to find on your own. Book a photography tour of Scotland today.

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