Scotland is a land of great natural beauty, made all the more charming by its rich cultural heritage and fascinating folklore. And it's also the ideal destination for some awe-inspiring scenic photography.
With these 5 most stunning locations for photography in Scotland, you’ll be inspired to grab your camera and head for Scotland's rolling green hills.
A stay at Loch Ness is just the ticket for some epic photography sessions. Although this loch is perhaps best known as the home of the famous Loch Ness monster, it has so much more to offer. Loch Ness is the second-largest loch in Scotland and is set against the magnificent backdrop of Urquhart Castle.
There are many ways to enjoy the scenery and find the best position for that perfect shot. Enjoy a tour or boat trip from Inverness, Drumnadrochit, or Fort Augustus. Alternatively, walk or cycle along the Loch Ness 360 Trail.
This scenic route circles the loch, and includes the South Loch Ness Trail on the south side and the Great Glen Way to the north. So get some fresh air, bask in the awesome scenery, and capture your best moments along the way.
One of the most popular locations for landscape photography in Scotland is Glencoe. The site of many film shoots, this valley also boasts the Three Sisters and Etive Mor Waterfalls. Even on a cloudy day, nothing can detract from the beauty of this Highlands piece of paradise.
Fortunately, Scotland is not one of those destinations where photography is banned. So you’ll have no issues traveling and photographing the beautiful countryside. The only issue you’ll have is deciding what to photograph first!
The Buachaille Etive Mòr mountain in the distance, or the river Etive with its waterfalls in the foreground; everything here is worthy of being photographed. Of course, you’ll also want to enjoy the scenery on the other side of the lens. So you’ll be pleased to know that the hills of Glencoe are also great for a hike.
Another top spot for photography is Eilean Donan. Watched over by the mountains of Kintail, this tidal island, castle, and surrounds, positioned where three lochs converge, is one of Scotland’s most picturesque spots. Capture the magnificent medieval castle by day, and the sensational sunset by night.
Eilean Donan is a famous stop along the Kintail National Scenic Area. You’ll likely recognize it from films and television series. This beautifully restored castle in the western Highlands has been the delight of many photographers. And now it will enchant you, too.
You can access the island by footbridge from the mainland. When you’re not taking stunning pics of this Highlands gem, enjoy one of the tours at the Castle. First established in the 13th century, destroyed in 1719, and subsequently rebuilt, this world-famous site on the water’s edge is as pretty as a postcard.
These days, it's not unusual to find places offering a photography retreat. But you can design your very own photography retreat and memorable vacation in one. The Isle Of Skye boasts several gorgeous hotels and quaint pubs for your Scottish getaway.
While you’re enjoying their warm hospitality, you’ll want to schedule a visit to the Old Man Of Storr. No, this is not an old, wizened sage living in the hills. It’s a rock standing 164 feet high, in the rocky hills of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye.
This rocky peak dominates the landscape and is a landmark along the hiking path known as the Skye Trail. Often used as a backdrop for wedding and honeymoon photographs, this magical place is sure to provide you with ample inspiration for your photos.
On Castle Rock, at the top of the Royal Mile, you’ll find Edinburgh Castle. This famous landmark is a must-see on a trip to Scotland, and it offers many exciting photo-taking opportunities, too. Whether you’re a professional photographer looking for great shots, or an amateur seeking inspiration, it’s the place to be.
Standing proudly on the remains of an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's most visited paid-for historic attraction. But you’ll get much more than just a slice of Scottish history when you set up your camera on these grounds.
You’ll have unrivaled views of Edinburgh from the Castle and its Esplanade. And with several other historic landmarks and attractions on offer, Edinburgh is sure to become one of your favorite Scottish destinations.