Being one of the most beautiful places in the world, it’s no surprise that there are some great opportunities for photography in Scotland. When you think of this country you’ll probably think of magical lochs, tartan, the Loch Ness Monster and of course bagpipes. When we come to think of Scotland we imagine kings and queens and even majestic castles.
These are some of the pulls that make you want to visit this historic land. It’s why it’s become one of the most photographed countries anywhere in the world.
It’s what makes it unique.
What else makes us fall in love here is the solitude and the vastness of it all. Added to this, there are endless opportunities to see wildlife. They have it in abundance here.
Not forgetting to mention Scotland has some of the best golf courses in the world as well as being the home of whisky. When looking for short breaks or even a longer vacation, Scotland ticks all of the boxes you would want in a perfect getaway experience as well as being the place to come and take as many amazing photos as possible.
Visiting the best places for photography in Scotland probably means getting a little wet…
Some love the weather, some don’t. That doesn’t really matter. It adds to the romance of it all in finding that perfect photo opportunity. So here we go, let’s check out some of the best places for photography in Scotland.
Urquhart Castle and the beauty of Loch Ness
We’re starting here because…well, it’s beautiful but also because its home of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, that mythical creature we’ve all came to know and love. The scenery around here is alluring and mythical. For those looking to learn more about the Loch Ness Monster, there’s a great Loch Ness Exhibition nearby which is highly recommended.
Urquhart Castle is a must visit when you’re here too. With its picturesque ruins sitting perfectly near to the Loch you genuinely feel as if you’ve stepped back into the middle ages. A perfect photo opportunity.
Best way to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
What better way to see Loch Ness than from a boat on the water itself? This popular tour will take you out on the water to cruise around the Loch while explaining its history and mystery. Included in the price you’ll also get admission to Urquhart Castle.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
One of the great things about Scotland is you can get to the majority of places fairly quickly. You might be staying in Glasgow for a few days (which is the perfect place to base yourself) and you might be thinking of taking a day trip somewhere. Fear not, the beauty of the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond are situated around 25 miles from Glasgow via the M8. How great is that? City experiences and the lush greenery of Loch Lomond next to each other.
The Park is great for day tripping, walks, hikes and the loch is one of the most popular spots for trout and salmon fishing. And, of course, it’s an amazing location for landscape photography.
Ben Lomond is another popular place to visit here at Loch Lomond, the tallest mountain in the area at well over 3000 ft. We suggest venturing to Duck Bay for some down time but also to experience the amazing setting and its fantastic surroundings.
The Burns Heritage Trail in Bonny Ayrshire
Explore the Burns Heritage Trail and truly understand the man, the myth, the legend that was Robbie Burns (or Rabbie to the locals).
It a driving trail that will take you through some of the amazing scenery that Scotland is famous for.
Prepare for an adventure like no other. Starting in Ayr, explore the Robert Burns Museum and all that it has to offer. Well preserved in all its glory, the wonderful cottage is near enough the same from when Burns was born here and spent most of his early years.
You’ll meander to other sights along the route then venture to the Robert Burns house which is situated in the far South of Scotland in Dumfries. You will learn all about the history of this iconic figure in Scottish history while also capturing photos of the country’s natural beauty.
The magic of Edinburgh Castle
Situated above the Edinburgh skyline is the most famous of all Scottish castles, Edinburgh Castle. For most tourists, this attractions is part of the allure when venturing into the city of Edinburgh. It’s been the iconic symbol of Edinburgh since the 12th century.
Being the most popular national monument anywhere in the country it can get busy depending on when you visit. Explore all that the castle has to offer as well as taking in the unrivalled views of the Edinburgh landscape and its many landmarks including the Royal Mile and Princes Street. It’s a great vantage point for photographers.
Open throughout the year, if there’s any place you must photograph in Edinburgh then it is here.
Isle of Skye
The largest of the Inner Hebrides isles and the most popular, Skye is a place to enjoy and behold. If you’re a keen landscape photographer then Skye is a must visit.
With magical caves, green glens and fantastic mountain scenery, people are really spoiled for choice with the natural beauty on offer. Added to this, the natural waterfalls put a spell on you like you wouldn’t believe. It’s incredible how much natural beauty there is in one place.
Moreover, the villages add to its appeal along with the oak forests that take you back to a different time period.
The Isle of Skye is a hugely popular destination for photographers. There is a wide variety of organised tours to choose from which will help you find the very best locations to shoot.
The “wee” Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran is really Scotland in more bite-size chunks. Don’t believe us? It’s filled with mountains, majestic castles and wonderful beaches plus endless wildlife and scenic harbours. The people aren’t bad too.
Must visits are Broderick Castle and the Goat Fell Mountains. We suggest coming here for a couple days to fully sample and experience Arran in all its beauty. It truly is one of the best places for photography in Scotland.
Looking for a great package deal? Get your accommodation, transport and experienced guide in this 3-day tour which is designed to help you get the most out of your time on the Isle of Arran.
Pollock Country Park in Glasgow’s South Side
Back to Glasgow and another must-visit attraction. This time based in the south side of the city, just off the M77 motorway.
If you’re not up for hiking through some of Scotland’s national parks or across its rugged mountainous landscape, and a stroll through an equally breathtaking slice of nature is more your style, then you should head to Pollock Country Park.
Not only was it named Britain’s best park in 2008 but it also took the title of best park in Europe. It is a truly remarkable park to explore and photograph.
Explore the beauty of Aviemore
Of course, as we’ve mentioned throughout the article, Scotland has many opportunities for landscape photography. Another spot to visit is Aviemore in the north.
Also great for skiing if you’re interested. With Glenmore Forest Park and Rothiemurchus Estate, you’re spoilt for choice for adventure hikes with a sprinkling of photography.
This is an area of such natural beauty. Added to this, Aviemore is located bang in the centre of the Cairngorms National Park so it has endless opportunities for further exploration.
Stirling Castle an important landmark for the whole of Scotland
One of the most historic castles in the country. It was said that if you held this location you had the power to control the whole kingdom of Scotland. Stirling Castle is set in a grand location, has great historical significance and unrivalled views making it a great cultural experience as well as an awesome photography spot.
These are just some of the best places for photography in Scotland
Scotland really is a one of a kind country. Beautiful, friendly and home to outstanding scenery. Come visit, you won’t regret it.
Similarly, neither will your camera.
Since 2016 I’ve travelled full-time working as a travel photographer and writer remotely. I move around at my own pace (I hate fast-paced travel) and like to spend a few months getting to know each place I base myself in. Currently in the north of España 🇪🇸 and loving it.