Scottish Highlands?

RichardRichard Mildly bemusedMadrid, SpainPosts: 17,784Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

I'm planning a short trip to Edinburgh in early June and am hoping to spend a weekend in the highlands, mainly the Isle of Skye. Looking for tips on photo ops there and en route. Also any recommendations for places to stay or eat would also be welcome. Thanks.


  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,242Registered Users Major grins

    A lot of information should already be available here:

    Last time I was there was in 2006. It can be reached by bridge or by ferry. We did both, but the views from the ferry are very nice.

  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,242Registered Users Major grins

    This was the tour we did. Started in Applecross, via the Isle of Skye, down to Oban.

  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter Posts: 14,028Super Moderators moderator
    edited April 12, 2017

    I wish I was returning. I think a week end is going to be way too short, but it is what you have. There is so much to see and photograph on sky. I want to spend some more time on the western Scottish Isles.

    I think you do want to see Eileen Donan Castle - which you probably already have seen years ago in the opening scenes of "The Highlander" -- Unfortunately you can spend a whole day and more just there.

    You might also want to see Castle DunVegan -

    If you have to choose just one, spend a day at Eileen Donan and stay until after sunset -

    Ruthven Barracks is another spot to spend a few hours, again sunset is best for photography - but it is in the Cairngorn on your way from Edinburgh maybe? -

    If you're not into history and old buildings, hike up and see the Old Man of Storr - that will take a few hours up and back, - it is a good hike up in the dark before sunrise -

    If you want mountains and moors , look into hiking around Buachaille Etive Mor - not on Skye but on the mainland near Glencoe -

    These are way too much for just a couple days, but they should get you started.

    Keep an eye out for Highland cattle - sometimes if you're lucky, they come with rainbows too :-)

    Portree is a lovely small community on the shore of Skye - well worth a bit of street shooting, I think you might enjoy it greatly

    We drove over to Skye, but I am sure the ferry from Oban is a great trip.

    A visit to Scotland isn't really complete without a tour through a Scotch distillery -

    There is also a Tallisker distillery on the Isle of Mull, and a Dalwhinnie Distillery on the mainland, which I enjoyed -

    These suggestions should get you started, and hopefully excited about visiting Skye and Scotland. PM me if you have more questions, I may have a few more answers.

    Pathfinder -

    Moderator of the Technique Forum and Finishing School on Dgrin
  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 17,784Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    Thanks for the tips, everyone. We'll be staying at Greshornish, in the north of the island. There won't be nearly enough time to see everything, but that's almost always true when traveling. City rat that I am, I rarely get to do any landscape photography and I'm hoping the weather cooperates. If not, I guess I'll just have to explore single-malt whiskies. Either way it should be nice.

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,609Administrators moderator
    edited May 11, 2017

    Note the wind! That Photo workshop in progress up on the left peak there in the second video might very well have been Andy with Muench Workshops as they had their Isle of Skye workshop going the same day Thomas shot this.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 17,784Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    Sunrise will be at 4:30 AM when I'm there, so I have no intention of shooting it. Sunset is around 10:20 PM, which is more reasonable. I'm definitely way too sedentary to do landscape photography very often, but I'll give it a try. I don't think my tripod will fit in my suitcase, so I'm resigned to touristy pics.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,526Registered Users Major grins

    I'm no LS 'tog' so feel free to ignore.
    I wonder how much difference being - dare I say - low down will make to most LS pics? ... I suspect not a lot, but will, no doubt be corrected by those who know otherwise.

    Yes. I realise that some pics - like having a leading line hedge / fence / wall etc will be somewhat compromised / different if the cam's on the ground the wrong side of the scene :)

    All I'm wondering is whether taking a half decent 'table top' tripod would be a decent compromise ... or even a bean bag (empty, and fill with appropriate stuff upon arrival in SNP land)
    Obviously a beanbag rested on a suitable available feature (if present) can give other options.

    I'm only saying any of this because I was in a similar situation when I took the 'birds, turbines, sunset pic on my flickr page - I rested the cam on top of an electrical control box on the pier, supported by beanbag ... and a crude 'turntable' (to make pano shots easier) - TTable made from bits of scrap material from a local skip - and done with the 500mm as that's all I had.

    Just a thought.


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