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The Scottish Highlands – A Landscape Photographers Dream

The West Highlands of Scotland has to be one of the most photogenic landscapes in the United Kingdom. A vast wilderness, encompassing mountain ranges covered in ferns and heathers, reaching down to the Lochs and shorelines. The many islands that run along the west coast are all quite different with their own unique beauty.

No matter what time of the year you are in the Scottish Highlands, with a little patience there is something worth photographing.

Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor

One of my favourite areas to do landscape photography is around Glen Coe, (the stunning three sisters; part of the Glen Coe mountain range) and Rannoch moor which sits on the plateau above Glen Coe. There are also many lochs near Glen Coe, such as Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe.

Even in the spring there are stunning landscape photographs to be had, Glen Coe and Rannoch moor take on a soft fresh look, and the mists often descend over the mountains giving a beautiful eerie feel.

A Storm Clears - Glen Coe - Scotland

A Storm Clears – Glen Coe – Scotland

I love nothing more than walking around Glen Coe and Rannoch moor in the autumn months, listening to the roar of red deer and looking at the breath taking autumn colours, moods and misty mornings, a photographs paradise. As winter sets in and the red deer descend to the lower slopes, you can often see a sprinkling of snow on the mountain tops; it is truly a magical place.  As the first heavy frosts come in, the land takes on a moody silence, the many small lochs on Rannoch moor start to freeze over; this is one of the best times to do landscape photography. It is also much easier to take minimal photographs, the snows and mists tend to blank out unwanted features on the landscape.

Winter on Rannoch Moor - The Highlands Scotland

Winter on Rannoch moor – The Highlands Scotland

As you drive back down through Glen Coe to the coastal waters you can see many islands and peninsulas that sit out in the sea, some of which now have snow capped mountains and the nearby lochs are often shrouded in mist.

The above is only explores a very small area of Highlands and islands of Scotland, but hopeful give an insight into this amazing land.

Russell an International award winning Professional photographer passionate about landscape and nature photography, travelling, exploring this amazing planet and the arts.
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