Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Scottish Highlands Highlands Photo Tour
Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Destination summary
This years Grand Tour explores three of the West Highlands most visually dramatic locations; Glencoe, the Isle of Skye and the mountains and lochs of Torridon with all points in-between.
You’ll also travel up through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus travelling up the eastern shore of Loch Ness, back to Inverness on the final day.
You’ll be accompanied by myself, an award winning pro photographer and seasoned guide all the way. I’ll be assisting you, providing insights into each location and offering support throughout the week. We’ve plenty hours of daylight in August with the sun setting around 20:30hrs each evening which gives us loads of time to get to each location and explore throughout the day.
With a small group and a local guide operating in Scotland since 2009 you’re guaranteed not to miss out on anything during your time. The photo tour features world class locations plus some hidden ones in and around Glencoe, Skye or Torridon.
After pick up in Inverness this Highland Photo tour begins in dramatic Torridon which features some famous Scottish peaks, in a mountain chain that runs north west along Glen Torridon.
Ben Eighe, Ben Alligin and Liathach will provide a back drop for a session amongst the mountains offering majestic vistas and Highland scenes. Loch Maree shimmers at dusk at the foot of Slioch with silhouetted Scot’s pine and ragged peaks and you’ll spend dusk capturing some beautiful images along its southern shore. At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax with a tasty meal and drink in the nearby Kinlochewe hotel.
Isle of Skye
From Torridon we make the drive west with stops along the way to where the Atlantic meets the Kyle of Lochalsh and take the bridge over to the misty Isle of Skye.
The Isle of Skye needs little introduction to landscape and adventure photographers. The iconic images of the Old Man of Storr over Loch Fada, the Cuillin Mountains and the Quiraing are all iconic landmarks that have received global recognition from photographers around the world.
During your time on Skye you’ll be taken to some of the best locations plus a few others off the beaten track and advised how to maximise the potential of each session at each location. Our base for two nights will be the comfortable Uig Hotel on the Trotternish peninsula , again close to our favoured locations.
Glencoe and Loch Leven
After a couple of days photographing Skye we head to the south of the island to catch the ferry to the fishing port of Mallaig on the mainland. We’ll travel along the road to the isles, with tales of Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, past Glenfinnan, with views of the Jacobite Highland soldier monument and the famous viaduct from Harry Potter fame but with a slightly longer history.
From here we finally reach one of the most infamous Glen’s in Scotland and one that’s become a mecca for photographers and hikers that traverse its peaks, valleys and trails. For me Glencoe always conjures up visions of swirling mist around mountain peaks caught in the clouds.
With nearby Loch Leven, Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive also offering evocative Highland scenes, these also deserve to be explored and photographed.
Again you’ll be encouraged to create evocative images with Glen handpicking the best locations to suit the conditions during your time in Glencoe.
At the end of the day’s sessions we’ll all relax in a local Highland pub for a bite to eat and drink. Here we can review some of the weeks work before a final dusk session and then head back to our Guest house in the nearby village of Kinlochleven where you’ll be based for 2 nights.
On our final day we’ll spend a session in a nearby woodland photographing the Grey Mare’s Tail, a waterfall that plunges into a rocky cauldron surrounded by picturesque woodland ferns and tumbling burn.
From here we go north to Fort Augustus and the southern scenes of the Scotland’s deepest loch and travel up the quieter and more scenic eastern short back to Inverness.
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Glencoe Skye and Torridon – Extra information
Start time 10:30 pick up Inverness 18th August
End time 17:00 drop off Inverness 23rd August
We spend most of our time in the thick of it, photographing and exploring the outdoors on our adventures but its nice to come back too great meal and a comfy bed and start each day with the option of a traditional Scottish Breakfast. All the venues I choose provide this but most importantly are convenient to our locations.
Kinlochewe Hotel – 1 night near Torridon, a classic Highland hotel surrounded by Highland mountains with huge range of single malt whiskys and great food.
Uig Hotel – 2 nights on Trotternish, northern Skye, recently renovated hotel with fantastic food, views and comfortable rooms close to the Quiraing and other key locations.
Tigb Na Cheo – 2 nights in privately owned guest house in the village of Kinlochleven, surrounded by dramatic scenes and close to our locations.
Getting there Inverness is serviced by bus and rail from Edinburgh or Glasgow (3 hrs) or by air from major UK airports plus Dublin and Amsterdam airports
Meals – packed lunches or cafes along the way. Dinner at local restaurants /pubs as appropriate to our schedule.
Essential equipment camera, ( the best camera is the one you have) lenses with a recommended focal length from 16mm ( wide angle ) to 200mm (telephoto) and good quality sturdy tripod. I carry a 16-35 / 24-70 / 70-200.
Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters can be useful a 6 stop little stopper to 10 stop, big stopper. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft, the drop in type rather than screw in. If you can a laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software might be useful if the weather gets the better of us on some days.. Good quality waterproof camera bag.
What to expect
Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images in a online gallery with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.
The Highland’s 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 (waterproof jackets and over trousers) including good waterproof hiking boots that are properly 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.
Glencoe Skye and Torridon
18th - 23rd August 2024 6 days
Places available: 5 places ( sold out )
Trip fee: £2495.00 ( no single room supplement )
Booking deposit: £250.00
Starts / ends: Inverness
- Pick up and drop off in Inverness
- Skye to Mallaig ferry tickets
- Transport to locations
- Itinerary and professional guiding
- Technical and creative assistance
- Historic and local knowledge
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast
- Single occupancy rooms with no supplements
- 6 days on location
- Tea and coffee on location
- Nip of whisky as required
- Limited edition Lightstalkers cap or beanie
- Travel to / from pick up point
- Evening meals and beverages
- Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance
- Loch Maree
- Glen Torridon
- Glen Docherty
- The Bealach and Russel Burn
- Sligachan (Skye)
- The Quiraing
- Neist Point
- Grey Mares Tail
- Glen Etive
- Fort Augustus
- Loch Ness
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