Wild Scottish Highlands Photo Adventure

Destination Summary – Wild Scottish Highlands

Photograph the unique drama and spirit of the wild  Scottish Highlands.

This photo adventure features the iconic mountains and lochs of Torridon  dotted with stands of charismatic Scots pine below the lofty peaks of Slioch and Liathach.

There’s also the opportunity to photograph and tour the Singleton single malt whisky distillery  which is adjacent to our hotel on the second day.

Heading south after a couple of stops along the north side of Loch Ness,  the wild beauty of Glencoe and Glenfinnan are bursting with photo opportunities.

Both these locations are rich in history and drama. You’ll capture the waterfalls and rivers that meander through then Glen, take a walk  along the old road to photograph the old bridges and  capture one of the  most iconic of Glencoe views.

Further west  along the “road to the isles” after a session by Loch Linnie and views of Ben Nevis you’ll photograph the Glenfinnan viaduct (also of Harry Potter fame), have lunch in a restored railway car and take in the majestic views around Loch Shiel. Back on the road, the  seascape views over to the isles of Eigg and Rum give you a preview of the inner Hebrides before catching the ferry to the wonderful Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s best photography destinations.

Elgol on Skye’s west coast offers one of the finest photographic locations in Scotland. The Elgol views to the Cullin mountains and crashing waves of loch Scavaig are a highlight at any time of year. We’ll capture this evocative and classic scene at dusk before finally heading to our Hotel /Inn late evening.

The following and final day  takes in a wonderful  session at Glen Sligachan on the northern side of the Cuilin hills to capture the Glen and it’s wild river as it tumbles and cascades down the hillside. Sessions at Eilean Donan Castle and Ratagan and the 5 sisters of Kintail will be our final stops before returning to Inverness by way of Loch Ness.

 This is a photo tour that explores the best of the Wild Scottish Highlands full of wow factor locations. Not to be missed.

Extra information

Start time 11:00 – 11:30 pick up in Inverness on the 20th May

End time 17:00 drop off Inverness on the 24th May

Getting there  Inverness is serviced by bus and rail  from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3-4 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports

Accommodation  4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast – 1 nights  Ord House Hotel in Muir of Ord ~ 2 nights at the Ballachulish Hotel, near Glencoe and 1 night on the Isle of Skye at the Old Inn, Carbost.

Essential equipment camera, lenses and good quality tripod.

Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.

Skill level beginners to advanced.

What to expect

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 their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.

Reliably fickle weather can be a feature of Scotland and her dramatic and romantic landscapes. Conditions can be glorious at times but it’s not unusual to turn cool and rainy at any time of year. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. 

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 muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – 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.

Wild Scottish Highlands Photo Adventure
20th - 24th May 2018 - 5 days
Places available: available
Trip fee: £1495.00
Booking deposit: £200.00
Starts / ends: Inverness


  • 4 nights single occupancy accommodation
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Pick up from Inverness and drop off
  • Ord Single Malt Whiskey distillery tour
  • Ferry tickets to Skye
  • Tea coffee and snacks
  • Practical guidance on location
  • Day and dusk sessions
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie

Not Included

  • Transport to / from Inverness
  • Lunch or evening meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Remote Highland locations
  • Wild mountains, lochs and Glens
  • Infamous historic and famous Glencoe and Glenfinnan
  • West coast seascapes
  • The red and black Cuillins of Skye
  • Plenty creative shooting time on location
  • Small groups ( max 6 ) for maximum freedom to photograph
  • Highland guide with local knowledge
" I feel very fortunate to have found this trip. It was a place a had wanted to go to for some time.
The format was perfect and I had a great time.
I have been on at least 20 photo tours and Glen is one of the best. He was very knowledgeable about the locations and about photography.
Just the right combination of technical expertise and artistic eye.
He was really dedicated to making sure everyone got help and was getting good images."
Elaine Heron- California, USA.