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Glencoe, Scotland photography guide

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Glencoe's Highlands offer a huge variety of wildlife including deer, scenic mountain passes, gorgeous valleys, beautiful lochs and stunning mountain peaks.

People spend their holidays in Glencoe to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peace and quiet in some of Scotland's most scenic locations.

The Highlands around Glencoe are accessible all year round. Visiting them is free of charge and wild camping in Scotland is legal. If you are planning to visit Scotland during the summer months between May and September, make sure you spend a night under the stars and wake up to the singing of the birds and the surprised look of a wild deer in the morning.

All of the locations in this guide can be found just a stone's throw away from the roadside and are easily accessible - even with children. During the winter months, a dusting of snow turns the Highlands into a fairytale and at the same time into a playground for landscape photographers. It doesn't require much planning and organisation to travel to the most important locations in the area and one thing is for sure: you will fill your portfolio with amazing images!

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The area around Glencoe is a small place in terms of square kilometres but offers a dozen or more places which are worth exploring and spending time at. Generally I would advise photographers to spend at least one night in Glencoe in order to make the most of the trip. You want to experience at least one sunrise from the top of Beinn A'Chrulaiste and experiencing a sunset which will paint the whole area in a soft light is not to be missed! Ideally aim to spend 3 nights / 4 days in the area in order to get a good mix of photography and have a relaxing vacation. Why not try photographing the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor in the morning, take a walk along River Etive, enjoy a peaceful picnic in one of the many secluded places along the river and end the day shooting a beautiful sunset looking into Glencoe Valley with the Three Sisters Mountain range to your left? One thing is for sure, no matter where you shoot sunrise or sunset, wherever you have your picnic or whatever weather is thrown your way, Glencoe is one of the top locations in the UK for landscape photography!


This area is best explored with your own mode of transport; motorbike or car. Glencoe is a remote location in western Scotland but that doesn't mean that you have to travel for days in order to reach it. From any of the main airports in the country (Glasgow, Edinburgh) it will take you about 2-3 hours to reach Glencoe. The roads are well maintained and driving through some of Scotland's most beautiful National Parks is already a highlight. Make sure you dress appropriately. Scotland is located in the north of Europe and can be cold, wet and windy, especially during the winter months (November through to March). Proper footwear is a must! Surfaces can be slippery at times. If you want to avoid the crowds, shoot your desired spot early in the morning or later in the evening. People tend to speak negatively about the weather in Scotland but from my own is experience I can tell that it is really not too bad! Be prepared for midges in the summer months - insect repellent and even head nets are advisable.


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Robin Koehler Author
I am a German photographer based in Scotland. My passion for photography developed on my trip around the world. I love the mountains and my girlfriend.
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