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Photo Tours > Europe > Scotland: Isle of Skye & Scottish Highlands

Scotland Photo Tour

Scottish Highlands Landscapes & Castles Photo Workshop

The Scotland Photo Tour is the perfect travel to photograph the most amazing landscapes of Scotland. In these 9 days, we will visit the wilderness landscapes of North Britain, photographing magical coast views, cliffs, castles, and lakes. We will enter the Isle of Skye to photograph its incredible landscapes and enjoy the most spectacular nature in the British Isles.

This workshop in Scotland, it’s a magnificent opportunity to visit the best castles of the UK and coastal landscapes. But also we will have the opportunity to enjoy various types of photography. From landscape photography to architecture, including night photography. In small groups with all safety measures, comfortable rooms, and transportations.

In this Scotland workshop, we will visit landscape highlights spots like Glencoe with the Etive Mor Falls with Buachaille mountain in the background. But also scenes of the Isle of Skye: Elgol, The Old Man of Storr, Neist Cliff Lighthouse, Fairy Pools, Kilt Rock, or Quiraing.

Our planning also includes the famous Britain castles like Eilean Donan, Kilchurn, or Stalker castles. In addition, we will stop in some other cultural points like the Hogwarts Express in Glenfinnan and

Join now this Scotland Photography Experience open to all skill levels of photographers. Enjoy your holidays in the best hotels & lodges, and learn with our tuition classes at the same time! Continue reading, below you will find all info.

In addition, we offer you an optional 2-night extension in Edinburgh. We will have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful medieval city, with its spectacular monuments and neoclassical buildings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

You can book a place for any tour without a cost. Once we know that the travel is possible, you will be able to keep your seat or cancel your booking without penalties. 

Itinerary of the Scotland Photography Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh

We will start at Edinburgh Airport, where all people will meet & start our adventure around the country. From here we will depart for our first destination on the way to Dalmally with our private vehicles.

Depending on the arrival time, we will spend the afternoon in the Loch Lomond National Park. A scene to enjoy its lakes and forests during sunset. At the end of our first session, we will arrive at our hotel in the area and rest after the trip.

We will have a meeting during this day, so we can know all our guest’s styles and photography skills. This way, we will fit our tuition classes the next days individually. Also, we will give you all the necessary info and answer all safety doubts.

Day 2 Glencoe: Kilchurn Castle & Etive Mor

We will get up early for our first sunrise at the nearby Kilchurn Castle on Lake Awe. We will photograph the first lights of the day, with views of the castle reflected in the lake.

Once our session is over, we will approach another UK castle like the Stalker Castle. Surrounded by incredible nature in Loch Laich lake, it also served as the setting for another mythical movie of the Monty Python. After that, we will have lunch in the area.

Before dusk, we will head towards Glencoe to visit the incredible landscapes around Glen Etive and the Buachaille mountain.
These locations served as the setting for the James Bond Skyfall movie. Throughout the afternoon, we will photograph the falls of Etive Mor, The meeting of the Three Waters, Glen Coe, or Steall.

After this full-day, we will return to our hotel to rest in the nearest village and recharge our batteries for the following day.

Day 3 Glenfinnan - Eilean Donan Castle

After photographing the sunrise, in the nearby Etive Mor waterfalls, we will head north. Today will be a road trip to the Isle of Skye, our next destination.

Halfway there, we will stop at another famous location in film history, such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct, known as the Hogwarts Express. We will arrive with enough time when the famous steam train runs through this viaduct, and we can photograph it in its path. So we will have time for choosing a good composition. Once we finish, we will have lunch and continue our road trip.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to photograph the possibly most famous castle in the Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle. Located on an island on Alsh Lake and also famous for appearing in movies like Braveheart or The Immortals among others.

We will photograph the surroundings of the castle, enjoying the last lights of the day from the coast at dusk. Also, the castle during the night will offer us their illumination, so we can enjoy the environment even more. Once our session is over, we will arrive at our hotel in Erbusaig.

Day 4 Isle of Skye: Elgol - Portree

Today we will return to the Eilean Donan castle to capture the sunrise. After that, we will go to the Isle of Skye, in search of our base for the next few days, the town of Portree.

During our journey, we will make several stops to photograph spectacular locations on the Strathaird peninsula and have lunch. From the Spar cave to the spectacular coast beaches of Elgol. At this last spot, we will wait for the sunset with these incredible views and infinite compositions.

Once our session is over, we will arrive at the village of Portree. In this village will be our accommodation for the next 4 nights. According to the weather, we can change the planning and do here our tuition lessons.

Day 5 Isle of Skye: The Old Man of Storr

Today, we will photograph the famous The Old Man of Storr. We will get up early to reach this iconic location before the first lights illuminate the sky. From that area, we will be able to photograph spectacular mountains and the cliffs of the Scottish highlands.

This activity requires a minimum level of fit skills. You do not need to have experience hiking, as there is a path. But if you have some health problems please write to us during the booking process. This day, we will have some snacks for lunch in this environment.

For sunset, we will go to the Valley of the Fairies or Fairy Glen. This area is perfect to photograph its small rounded hills and rocky ridges. Covered by green grass and some trees molded by the wind that offers us enormous photographic possibilities. This allows each visit to it to be different, but always equally fruitful.

At night, we will come back to our lodge in Portree to rest in our rooms.

Day 6 Isle of Skye: Neist Cliff viewpoint

After getting up early again, we will go to the Fairy Pools to photograph the sunrise. The natural spectacle of its waterfalls and natural pools, at the foot of the Cuillin mountains, is a perfect photography destination.

We will walk the trail calmly throughout the morning in order to enjoy these impressive landscapes. This area has countless scenes and compositions with its waterfalls and mountains.

After our Fairy Pools tour is complete, we head north to the Isle of Skye. We will arrive for what is the most famous location in the Scottish Highlands: the Neist Cliff Lookout. Like the previous day, we will have some snacks for lunch.

From the same viewpoint, we will have incredible views of the cliffs with the lighthouse at the bottom of the peninsula. Depending on the time we have, we can enter the path that leads to the Neist Point lighthouse. Anyway, we will be shooting what will be the best location for our session from the same viewpoint to the coast.

Day 7 Isle of Skye: Quiraing

During our last full day on the Isle of Skye, we will visit the Quiraing. Here we will enjoy the sunrise with these incredible views before start hiking in the area.

In the Quiraing area, we will spend the whole day. Hiking through its landscapes and visiting places like The Needle, The Table, or The Prison. During our excursion, we will photograph these magical undulating environment, lakes, and rock formations that make Quiraing a unique destination.

According to the weather and conditions, we will photograph the sunset in some coastal scenes close to The Quiraing.

This day, we will make an overview of the photos taken during the trip to our lodge. It will our last overnight in the Isle of Skye, so we can process some images this night. We will teach you all our techniques, so it can help you to improve your skills.

Day 8 Glencoe

After breakfast, we will start our route to the south, leaving the island.

Along the way, we will have the opportunity to photograph waterfalls such as Ploda Falls. A spectacular 40-meter waterfall, surrounded by the lush forests of Douglas Fir.

Following our way to the south, and near Glencoe, we will be able to make another excursion to visit the Steall waterfalls. Another of the waterfalls that we did not have time to visit on our journey. We will photograph the sunset next to the beautiful Etive Mor waterfall, with the Buachaille mountain in the background.

We will do overnight at Glencoe, which will be our last night in the Scottish highlands.

Day 9 End of the trip

Today ends our photography trip at Edinburgh International Airport. Try to book your flight for the afternoon, so we will have time to buy gifts & souvenirs before departure. It will be the moment to tell the group goodbye and wish you a good flight!

Scottish Highlands Photos

Extensions of this Photography Tour

As we explain, we can prepare an extension of this trip to visit Edinburgh during the next two days. But also other places in the Highlands or UK. Take a look at more locations we propose to you and ask us for more info:

  • Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat and street architecture
  • Castles in Royal Deeside: Dunnottar, Kincardine, Crathes...
  • Seascapes of the North: Duncansby, Ullapool, Bow Fiddle Rock...
  • Isle of Lewis: Mangersta, Stac a’ Phris Arch, Lighthouses...
  • Loch Ness area: Falls & Castles
  • Trossachs & Cairngorms National Parks

Scotland Photography Trip Map

Photographer Guide(s)

Photographer Guide Eduardo Fuster
Eduardo Fuster
Co Founder - Photographer
David Aguilar photographer guide
David Aguilar
Photographer

More information about this trip

Keeping you safe during COVID-19

  • Face masks required for travelers & guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • 100% refund if travel ban
  • Not payment for booking

Departure & Return Location

Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in twin rooms with private bathroom
  • All transportation during the tour
  • Fees and entrances to National Parks
  • Edition lessons during the tour
  • Photographer Guide
  • Basic travel insurance

Price Excludes

  • Flights to & from Edinburgh
  • Any Private Expenses including meals
  • Tips
  • Visa, check if you need
  • Anything not mention in "Price includes"

Complementaries

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod and remote shutter
  • Wide angle lens (14-24mm as example)
  • Standard lens (24-70mm as example)
  • Telephoto lens (70-200mm as example)
  • Headlight
  • Waterproof boots

Photographic lessons

  • Composition
  • Digital Workflow
  • Panoramic Photography
  • Depth of Field calculation
  • Focal Blending
  • Blue Hour Photography
  • Night photography
  • Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
  • Photoshop and Lightroom post-processing workflow
  • Guest images reviews

Budget

Conditions

Price

The price of this Scotland Photo Tour is based on the participation of a minimum of 6 participants. In case there are not enough participants, the possibility of making the trip will be offered with an increase proportional to the price, or a 100% refund of the total paid.

The last time of exchange rate calculation was January 1st, 2021, the final price can be modified up to 30 days before the tour start.

Accommodation

The accommodations offered are shared double rooms at Hotels with private bathrooms.

You can book an individual room during the process of the book your place for the photo tour or writing us at [email protected]

Meals

This tour doesn’t include meals. The budget each day should be around $50 for breakfast, snacks for lunch, and dinner in restaurants.

Insurance

Our tours include basic insurance, we suggest contracting full cover insurance. Contact us to expand your insurance coverage.

Transports

Our tours include all internal transports (cars, vans, trains, or flights). We don’t include international flights, but we will guide you at the moment of your booking the best options to arrive to the destiny from your home.

Itinerary

The itinerary mentioned can be changed due to a force major reasons like weather conditions or accidents for example.

Payment & Refunds

To book your place you need to pay 20% of the total cost. The total payment must be made 15 days before the trip. For security reasons due to the pandemic, you do not need to pay for booking

This tour is done by LLC “CLUB OF PHOTO TRAVELERS”, due to illness or other reasons the trip may be made by another guide.

Cancellations

DUE TO COVID-19, we have exceptional conditions for cancellations: Before 15 days we refund 100%. Less than 15 days there is no refund.

Other considerations

Please, check the section “This tour include” and “This tour not include” to know more details about meals, guides or other services include.

FAQ

What to see and do on a Scotland Photo Tour?

  1. Glencoe
  2. Bow Fiddle Rock
  3. Old Man of Stoer
  4. Clashnessie falls
  5. Stacks of Duncansby
  6. Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
  7. Eilean Donan
  8. The Quiraing
  9. Old man of Storr
  10. Elgol
  11. Fairy Pools
  12. Neist Point Lighthouse
  13. Mangersta
  14. Stac a’ Phris Arch

When should I visit to photograph the Highlands?

For casual travelers, the best time to visit the Scottish Highlands is during summer. Although the temperatures are not very high, as it’s located in the north, from June to August you will find the best weather. For photographers, the best season it’s during autumn. As you not will find crows of tourists and the landscapes are much more beautiful.

Why are there no trees in the Scotland landscapes?

Big deforestation happened hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, without human help, nature can’t repopulate itself. The ground isn’t good enough for it. In this area, the peat from the forests that once covered the land is still burning. The inhabitants cut down the forests of northern Scotland to create large areas of cattle.

What is the oldest castle in Scotland?

Dunvegan is the oldest castle all around Scotland. It was built in a lochside on the Isle of Skye, in the Scottish Highlands. Also, it has a mark as it is continuously inhabited for the last 800 years. The owners are the ancestral Clan MacLeod.

 

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