AUTUMN GOLD – PERTHSHIRE, LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS – SCOTLAND OCTOBER 2023

Destination summary

Late October is when the Highland’s Autumn colours are nearing their peak. In Perthshire’s Big Tree country you’ll discover its one of the best places to capture the golden hues of the forests that fill the glens and hillsides.

The Hermitage near Dunkeld and the Birks of Aberfeldy  are both magical places to witness the autumn colour with waterfalls, cascading rivers,  tall trees and the surrounding hillsides full of warm hues.  Both locations will form the first part of our itinerary  where we can expect to  encounter and  capture the colourful Autumn drama.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs a little further west was designated as Scotland’s first National Park.  It lies in the western part of the Southern Highlands just an hour drive north of Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow. It’s famously packed full of mountain peaks,  often misty lochs and forest parks that illusive wildlife call home and another wonderful Autumn location.

This is romantic Scotland where legends such as Rob Roy Macgregor  wandered its loch-side shores, forested hills and open moors.   There’s an abundance of history and myth to go with the landscapes that Sir Walter Scott and Ossian used as romantic backdrops for their world famous stories and poems.

Once into the Glens and mountains you’ll explore some of more evocative loch-side locations then take to the hills for short walks to view some of its  best known vistas of the surrounding mountains, lochs and glens.

Locations

Perthshire – The Hermitage 

A woodland wonderland designed in the 18th century by the Duke of Atholl featuring tall Douglas Firs with native woodland , tumbling rivers, leaping salmon and waterfalls.

Perthshire – The Birks of Aberfeldy  

Originally the Dens of Moness, this woodland area nows takes its name from the poem by Robert Burns and you’ll pass by a bronze statue of the Baird on the way along the river where he once sat to take all the surrounded him in. Lots to capture and water to get creative with amoungst the turning leaves.

Glen Lyon – Pack Horse bridge and the Praying Hands

“The longest and loneliest Glen in Scotland” winds through the Perthshire mountains for over 30 miles, but we’ll take a detour about half way  and climb out of the Glen and down towards Loch Tay after photographing two well hidden locations.

The Trossachs

The area known as the Trossachs forms part of the National Park and has inspired poets and writers for centuries for its beauty and stories that have come from this part of the Southern Highlands. We’ll focus on a chain of lochs that run through the wooded Glens that lie to the east of Ben Lomond that towers over Loch Lomond. Small hamlets, old boat sheds and rocky outcrops that offer vistas over the hills.

Loch Lomond

Taking the prize for the biggest body of water in the UK, Loch Lomond is just beautiful. Knowing how to capture it isn’t easy but a few locations offer some creative options combined with interesting elements to create some iconic imagery. surrounded by autumn colour we’ll climb to one of the lower hills to capture the Loch and its islands in all their splendour.

Finnich Glen and the Devils Pulpit 

On our final day we’ll make a visit to Finnich Glen and descend down into the gorge ( weather ~ permitting), the red hued river that runs through the labyrinth spins in pools between the steep moss coloured sides and waterfalls cascade over the rocks.

Extra information

Based in Inverness I’ve been guiding workshops and photo tours in the Scottish Highlands for over 12 years.

In that time I’ve guided  hundreds of satisfied clients from around the world. In the few days they’ve been with me they have improved their photography, mastered the basics and created some stunning images.   You can read testimonials from previous Lightstalker clients here

Meet up – Perth Railway station 10:30 25th October 2023

Drop off – Stirling or Perth Railway stations 1600 / 17:00 29th October 2023

Experience level 

  • Beginners learning the ropes and finding their way around their camera
  • Photographers with experience and a good understanding  wishing to increase their skillset and capture great images
  • Advanced and seasoned photographers seeking out the optimum from their equipment and each location

Partners are also welcome to join as additional participants, just bring your walking boots and and outdoor clothing.

Accommodation

TBA – most likely a house or lodge on location for our exclusive use. Single occupancy rooms

Meals – group self catering and local pubs, restaurants – Details posted in due course.

Deposit £200.00 – please contact Glen to confirm availability.

Wild light - Autumn Gold - Perthshire Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
25th - 29th October 2023 5 days
Places available: 5 places available
Trip fee: £1495.00
Booking deposit: £250.00
Booking Guarantee
Starts / ends: Inverness

Includes

  • Detailed 5 day photo itinerary
  • 4 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast
  • Pick and drop off in Perth
  • Day and dusk location sessions
  • Transport to all locations
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie

Not Included

  • Connections to pick up points
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches or evening meals*
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • The best locations*
  • Dunkeld
  • The Hermitage
  • The Birks of Aberfeldy
  • Loch Ard
  • Loch Rusky,
  • Loch Achray,
  • Ben A'An
  • Millarochy bay
  • Rowerdennan
  • Conic Hill
  • Finnich Glen*
  • Local knowledge
  • Creative photography guidance
  • Image critiques
  • Photography Q&A sessions
  • Refreshments