Discover the best photography locations in Scotland
Scottish Highlands, in the North of the United Kingdom, has the best photography locations in Scotland. Plenty of islands, lakes/lochs, rugged coastlines & mountains, makes this area a paradise for landscape photographers.
In this list, you will find some of the most iconic locations, but also some other beauty spots. At the end of the post, you can find a map with all geolocations.
Glencoe is a must-see area in your travel to the Scottish Highlands. Very easy access to famous spots as Etive Mor Waterfall or the Three Sisters made this area one of the most popular spots for landscape photographers.
If you are an adventure photographer, you have a few options for hiking and climbing the mountains of this valley. But if you prefer easy locations, besides the previous waterfalls, you also will find famous film locations in this valley.
Bow Fiddle Rock
Close to Portknockie, you can find the Bow Fiddle Rock. An incredible and photogenic rock formation on the northeast coast of Scotland. We recommend to plan carefully your shooting, as the tide and waves can change the spot fast.
In this area, you will find other interesting rock formations, as the Whale’s Mou’s. This is is truly a gem for photographers, but sorry to repeat, be aware to visit at low-tide.
Old Man of Stoer
The Old Man of Stoer (don’t confuse with the Old Man of Storr) is a dramatic sea stack at the north Stoer Head Lighthouse. From the parking of the lighthouse, you will need to walk around 30 minutes to arrive.
Be ready for strong winds in the area, anyway the path is not dangerous and the place is easy to find. During the footpath you can find some other interesting compositions, so we suggest you to dedicate a few hours to this place. It’s perfect for sunset shooting and close to that, you will find our next recommended spot.
Close to the Old man of Stoer, you will find one the most beautiful waterfalls in all Scotland: Clashnessie falls. Its just 15 meters, but the beauty of impressive of this fall, make this spot a must-see spot.
The path to arrive is fairly rough and boggy. Its signposted from the beach car park and easy to find. Simply respect the area to avoid problems with the owners of the land.
Stacks of Duncansby
Our northeast recommendation: The Stacks of Duncansby. This impressive two rock stacks is only one of the attractive of the area. The 3 km. path along the coast offers incredible views of this landscapes.
In this area, you can find some other different spots to photograph as the nearest lighthouse. Also, this area is one of Britain’s best sea bird colonies. So, if you are planning a tour to the northeast part of Scotland, don’t miss this spot!
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Not far from Duncansby, there is this magnificent castle. The rock formations and cliffs that surround the castle, make this another must-seen for your north Scotland tour. These landscapes will offer you different great compositions to capture in one shot the icons of Scotland.
This location is fairly far from touristic routes, so its hard to find as one the best photography locations in Scotland. So if you are looking for something unique and original, we are sure this place not will defraud you.
Eilean Donan is one of the most iconic castles in Scotland. Located where three great sea-lochs meet and surrounded by the mountains of Kintail its one of the popular spots for photographers. Thanks to this location, in the entrance to the Isle of Skye, is a very popular spot that you will enjoy better during sunset.
Best photography locations in Isle of Skie
At the Quiraing, you will find probably the best landscapes of all Isle of Skye and for sure one of the best photography locations in Scotland. The possibilities go from an easy shoot close to the car parking to different levels of hiking.
Going to the north is much easier, and in the south, you will be able to capture unique captures. Anyway, go there during sunrise, so the light will be coloring all these landscapes.
Old man of Storr
If you are planning to visit the Isle of Skye, the Old Man of Storr is probably one of the pics you will want to take. The path from the car parking to the viewpoint takes 1 hour 15 minutes. Anyway, the views you will get once you arrive at the top will make your efforts rewarded.
The best moment to photograph, it’s sunrise. So take a head torch to climb to the viewpoint. We also recommend taking time to explore the area, as you can get different interesting compositions there.
Another popular spot & touristic spot in the Isle of Skye. So don’t expect to be here alone. The beach itself has hundreds of jagged rocks that will be a great foreground. Also, you can use the Honeycomb Rock in your compositions.
The Cuillin in the background will help you to capture great pics during sunset, which is the best time to photograph this beach.
One of the main walks you must do in your visit to the Isle of Skye. Here you will find a natural pools that connect each other with beautiful waterfalls. A paradise for photographers!
The path is easy to find, and well mantained. (Only the start of the path is very steep, but not long) Just be carefull to not slide off crossing the river.
The time to visit the Fairy Pools will depend on the time you will spend photographing. Anyway you can reach the top in less than an hour, where is located of the most famous spots.
Neist Point Lighthouse
Another iconic spot in the Isle of Skye: The Neist Point Lighthouse. The western location in the UK without need to take a boat. This way is a perfect spot for sunset.
The location is fairly easy to reach, and you do not need to walk to the lighthouse to get a great pic. Anyway, move from the parking (the iconic spot) in the area to get original compositions.
Best photography locations in Isle of Lewis
The Isle of Lewis, located in the Outer Hebrides, offers you great opportunities for seascapes. One of the most famous, and most beautiful, is Mangersta.
The area offers you a lot of possibilities, with a lot of sea stacks close to the coast. The cliffs that surrounded are quite impressive, and there is no path to explore it. So the best advice is to ask local people for the correct way to explore it.
Stac a’ Phris Arch
This natural Arch is a really impressive location that you must visit if you visit the Isle of Lewis. You can reach after a 2km path from the South, parking in the Norse Mill. If you are visiting with a small car, you can also come from the north from the closest residence village.
As in all cliff locations, be careful! Sunset is the best moment to photograph, as the cliffs during sunrise will give a shadow to the arch.
This is our list of the best photography locations in Scotland. Anyway, during your travel to the Scottish Highlands, you will find hundred of beautiful landscapes. Also you can enjoy the beautiful city of Edinburgh, or small old towns during your route, to complete your photo tour.
If you want to visit most of these spots with us, you can join our next Scottish Highlands photo tour. During our travel, we will visit most of these locations, but also some others. With our guidance, we will be choosing the right locations and best compositions to make the most of our trip.
According to the actual restrictions, you can travel to Scotland only with guidance that supports the route map. You can find more information in this link.