Highland Spirit, Photo tour Scotland

Scotland – Destination summary

In September the Highlands of Scotland are in their element as the colour palette of the landscape begins to introduce some warmer colours amongst the shades of summer greens.

This exciting new 4 day photo tour begins by exploring the Highland mountains and lochsides of Torridon on Scotland’s north west coast. Further south you’ll encounter the Scots Pine clad hills around the Cairngorm massif before travelling through Speyside whisky country, and a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery.  From here it’s on to the classic east coast seascapes and fishing villages of the Moray Coast. A great variety of photographic subjects to enjoy and challenge your skills.


West coast – Torridon

To the north west of the Highland capital Inverness, lie the dramatic Torridon mountains, one of the most beautiful and lesser visited parts of Scotland. Ben Eighe, Liathach and Ben Alligin all rise high above the tumbling rivers and glittering lochs below, popular with climbers and hikers they’re great to both photograph and explore.

At the end of Glen Torridon lies Scotlands 4th biggest loch, Loch Maree.  Its shores are dotted with stands of iconic Caledonian pine trees and the vistas here make for great dusk compositions as the sun sets over brooding Slioch, which sits on its northern shore.

The Cairngorm 

To the south of Inverness we meet the Cairngorm, Gaelic for ‘Blue Mountains’. The Cairngorm mountain (1245m) is the one that gives the whole massif its name. We’ll be based near the shores of Loch Morlich which are an excellent location to see the range at dusk.

Hidden in a nearby forest is Loch an Eilean, home to a 13th century castle that seems to float on the surface of the Loch, another great photo opportunity.  Glenfeshie features a hidden set of waterfalls and cascades and is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and capture some wonderful images.

East Coast – Speyside and The Moray Coast 

The Moray Coast, recently added to the worlds top 12 coastlines list by a National Geographic panel is located to the east of Inverness on the Moray Firth. In the morning you’ll make your way from the  Cairngorm on a scenic road that follows the route of the River Spey. The third longest, and fastest flowing, river in Scotland usually crops up in conversations involving Single Malt Whisky and Salmon fishing.

Your route onwards to the sea will cut through the Monadhliath and Cairngorm range, the journey dotted with pretty villages and distilleries. Around half way you’ll photograph the original Glenfiddich Distillery, world famous and still family owned, and sample its  Single Malts.

At the coast you will explore and photograph a number of its key features, including the Bow Fiddle Rock, Portsoy harbour, Findlater castle and the small coastal village of Gardenstown.

After a night in the Fife Lodge Hotel in Banff, your final day will feature several photo stops including Duffus castle and the beaches of Hopeman and Findhorn to create some seascape compositions.

A packed 4 days with a variety of scenic photography locations that run from coast to coast – book your place now.


Extra information

Pick up at 10:30am on the 9th September in Inverness at your chosen Hotel or the Railway station – drop off in Inverness on the 12th early evening around 6pm.

Getting there 

Inverness has flight connections with London, Dublin, Amsterdam and other regional UK airports. It’s 3hrs north  by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow.


9th – The Chieftain Hotel, Inverness – 1 night, 1oth – The Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel – 1 night ( with dinner included ) 11th- the Fife Lodge Hotel, Banff – 1 night. All single occupancy with ensuite.

What to expect

Photo Adventure 

This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.

A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given.

Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images with Glen and fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.


September can be a kind month which  sees settled mild weather but still that chance of rain, it’s Scotland after all. So be prepared for showers and wind, and sun.

Locations and fitness.
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on slippy surfaces. This can involve short walks up  hills, along riversides and over uneven terrain. Walking times can be up to 30 minutes – one way, however  participation is optional at every location.

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

Highland Spirit, Scotland Photo Adventure
4 days 9th - 12th September 2018
Places available: yes
Trip fee: £1250.00
Booking deposit: £250


  • 3 nights single occupancy accommodation ( *one evening meal included at Hilton Coylumbridge)
  • Breakfasts and refreshments
  • Pick and drop of in Inverness
  • Glenfiddich Distillery tour.
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Day and dusk location sessions
  • Transport to all locations
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie

Not Included

  • Any flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches or evening meals*
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Highlands landscapes
  • Moray seascapes
  • Torridon Mountains and Lochs
  • The Spey Valley and whiskey country
  • Cairngorm mountains, waterfalls and lochs
  • Seascapes and villages along the Moray coast
As always Glen's trip exceeded my expectations. This is my 7th trip with Glen and I keep coming back because of the excellent locations, great camaraderie and Glen's patience and boundless enthusiasm. Bev Scott - UK