Foreword

Since 2009 I have had the privilege of visiting Scotland three times. On all three occasions I couldn’t resist the ruggedness of the West Highlands & the isle of Skye. This doesn’t mean that the east side of Scotland is of less interest, on the contrary, from what I saw on the way back to Edinburgh from Culloden on my last trip I am pretty sure that I will take a trip specially devoted to this region steeped in history & stunning scenery albeit tame in comparison to the Highlands. My heart lies in the Highlands though, I need more nature than historical events & locations it seems. Landscape photographers like myself love the extremities offered by the natural elements, a mandatory ingredient for capturing those special moments & Scotland has these qualities in abundance. 

The weather is unpredictable not meaning that unpredictable weather is bad as many would presume but due to the rapid changing conditions. Between sunny periods, the odd storm can suddenly break out producing some extraordinary light & cloud formations, top ingredients for good pictures. Additionally, a rugged coastline that gets more rugged the further north you drive. Then there are the many lochs, mountains, castles, solitary trees standing in the middle of nowhere plus numerous derelict farmhouses scattered throughout the countryside. These are just a few of the endless photographic possibilities available in Scotland. After a good days hike a warming whiskey at the local pub with a real coal fire & friendly banter with the locals.

Highlights Of My Trip

Edinburgh

A nostalgic city, full of charm. All the main attractions are within walkable distance of the railway station. These include: The Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, The National Gallery of Scotland, shopping in Princes Street or just enjoying the view from Calton Hill overlooking the town.

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is beautiful & should be on every photographers itinerary.

The West Highland coast

The rugged coastline is ever changing as is the weather which can make for exceptional pictures, but be prepared to get wet from rain & waves plus a battering  from prevailing winds.

Edinburgh

Isle Of Skye

West Highland Coast

LANDSCAPING SCOTLAND

Visit my portfolio of images that I have collected from the past three trips including many coastal & rural images.

Travel Journal

I have been able to visit many interesting places due to my addiction to digital travel photography & decided to write a little about those that have captured my attention in the past 10 years.

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Did You Know?

Famous for its rugged beauty, the Highlands are unsuitable for farming & since the 18th century has suffered a steady decline in its population, partly due to the failure of the Jacobite rebellions. Today, crofting, fishing, whiskey distillation & tourism are the chief sources of income.

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