Picture-perfect: a photography tour of Scotland

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There are few places on the planet that offer as much to photographers as Scotland does. The region is renowned for its photography spots for good reason; even the most well-travelled professionals are sure to be awe struck. The sheer diversity of amazing photo opportunities available is what makes Scotland so special; along with those incredible views, of course. From rugged coastlines and serene lakes to rich woodland and snow-capped mountains, you are truly spoilt for choice. 

Venture out into the wilderness for postcard-worthy landscapes or head to the cities to capture everyday life amidst bustling street scenes; you'll find spectacular shooting opportunities no matter which type of photography you favour. Scotland's amazing range of local wildlife makes for excellent snapping, as does its long history, with imposing castles to visit and ancient towns to wander through. Pay a visit to the region's famous lochs, or track down little-known waterfalls and gorgeous sandy bays.

The weather here may be notoriously changeable, but that's part of the thrill; indeed, those moody, atmospheric shots hold just as much charm as those drenched in golden sunshine. Of course, there are plenty of draws away from the camera, too. Fascinating history, thriving culture and delicious food make a trip to Scotland even more worthwhile. 

Naturally, there are far too many spots in this photogenic region to list in one article, so we've narrowed it down to the very best. Whether you're a complete novice or a seasoned professional, these locations will provide plenty of stunning picture mementos. Pack up your equipment (and don't forget your waterproof jacket!) - here is our guide to the places that offer the most beautiful photos of Scotland.

 

Trossachs National Park

 

A visit to the Trossachs National Park is very unlikely to disappoint. Home to numerous mountains, stunning woodland and waterfalls aplenty, this spot is surely a photographer's dream. Hike upwards for incredible vistas, go on the hunt for snaps of the local red deer, or pay a visit to the picturesque ancient village of Luss.

Set in the heart of the park is stunning Loch Lomond; the largest lake in the UK, and undeniably one of the most beautiful. Some of the best Loch Lomond photos are taken from the water; spend an afternoon snapping from a boat, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, a canoe or kayak. Explore the Trossachs and stunning Loch Lomond on our popular expert-guided tour.

 

Glencoe

 

If you are intent on capturing spectacular vistas during your time in Scotland, a visit to Glencoe is a very necessary addition to your itinerary. Probably the most famous of all Scotland's glens, this spot is moody landscape photo heaven. Created by volcanic explosions over the centuries, this deep valley offers picture-perfect scenery, and naturally, wonderful walks.

In particular, the rather lonely-looking location of Lagangarbh Hut in the valley makes for incredible Highland photos. Scotland may not be short of those, but with the little white cottage perfectly framed by the looming mountains behind it, it is really quite special.

 

Lewis and Harris

 

Forming one island, the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris provide some of the most beautiful photos of Scotland, which is why we had to add them to our Hebridean Island Adventure holiday. The more rugged isle of Harris offers natural beauty in abundance, as well as ample wildlife spotting (and snapping) opportunities.

Visit the remote Rodel Saltmarsh for a unique landscape that very few travellers see, or head to the stunning Luskentyre Sands for gorgeous beach shots, or capture scenes of everyday life at the traditional crofting village of Seilebost. On the Isle of Lewis, the Victorian architecture of Stornoway provides some great shots, as does the curious historic village of Gearrannan.

 

Finnich Glen

 

Set in the county of Stirlingshire, north of Glasgow, lies this photography gem. Finnich Glen may be familiar for fans of the television programme Outlander; it was used as the setting for the fictitious St Ninian's Spring. Getting photos here can pose something of a challenge; there's a steep staircase to descend first, built in the mid-19th century and known somewhat ominously as the 'Devil's Steps'. Still, don't let that - or the stories of witchcraft and Druids - put you off; the beautifully contrasted mossy walls and rust-coloured water is a real treat for both eyes and camera.

 

 

Circus Lane

 

For photographers visiting the historic city of Edinburgh, a stop at Circus Lane is a must. This is a real hidden gem in the city, with its terraced mews houses, cobbled paving and lovely shrubs and hanging baskets serving as prime photography material. Be sure to stop by the equally photogenic Dean Village afterwards; its 19th century architecture, bubbling stream and monuments to its strong milling past make for some of the very best historic Scotland photos.

 

 

 

Glenfinnan Viaduct

 

The instantly-recognisable Glenfinnan Viaduct remains one of the most-loved photography spots in Scotland. With its imposing arches rising dramatically from the lush greenery below, it's not hard to see why. Plan your visit in advance to capture the charming Jacobite Express steam train as it comes roaring through - you'll find the best place to view it is from the hill towards the west.

While you're here, pay a visit to the nearby Glenfinnan Monument; erected in 1815 in tribute to the Jacobite soldiers who died fighting for Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Not only is the history fascinating, but the views from the adjoining visitor centre are superb.

If you’d like to experience the viaduct from the train itself, take a look at our Highland Railways holiday.

 

Dunnottar Castle

 

Located in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, the ruins of this once magnificent fortress make for very dramatic photographs. Shoot the cliff top castle from its approach, just past the entrance gate, with the sea as an imposing backdrop. There's plenty of intriguing history to explore here, too. having once been home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland the castle has seen its fair share of drama over the centuries, including an eight-month battle with Cromwell’s army and visits from Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace.

 

 


From castles to beaches, the UK is full of charm and character. With so much to discover right on your doorstep, there's always somewhere new to explore. Take a look at our range of UK tour options to find your next holiday - no planning or driving required.

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