Photography Tours Scotland
Scottish Photography Tours
The aim of these tours is to take you to some of Scotland’s most iconic locations and give you time to photograph and enjoy their splendor. These tours are not workshops and are intended for reasonably competent photographers, there will be some guidance and help, if required, but you should be proficient with your own camera equipment. There is a limited option to hire DSLR cameras and lenses (see below).
The tours operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from spring to autumn with shorter tours available in winter and the tours are available from August 2016.
What to Expect
You will visit three or four waterfalls, visit Loch Lomond with views across to Ben Lomond, stop off at Rannoch Moor, visit various points of interest in Glencoe, come back via Glen Orchy beside the River Orchy and it’s rapids, stop off at a viewpoint of Kilchurn Castle at Loch Awe then back across to Loch Lomond to return to Clydebank. Views will always be weather dependant; low cloud and mist are very common in the highlands of Scotland.
The pick up and drop off point is from the front entrance of the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Clydebank at 07:30. Your transport for the day is a Mitsubishi L200 double cab 4×4 with lockable covered rear flatbed (plenty of room for camera equipment). Each trip can accommodate up to four photographers; this means you will be part of a very small tour group.
Your tour guide only speaks English (with a Scottish/Glasgow accent so do not be afraid to ask him to repeat what was said if you do not understand).
The fee for the day is £200 and accommodates up to 4 people.
- 07:30 – Pick up & depart, Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank
- 08:00 – 08:30 – Luss, Loch Lomond
- 08:45 – 09:30 – Falls of Falloch
- 10:15 – 10:30 – Tyndrum
- 10:45 – 11:15 – Loch Tulla Viewpoint
- 11:45 – 12:15 – Rannoch Moor
- 12:30 – 13:15 – The Three Sisters Viewpoint, Glencoe
- 13:30 – 14:15 – River Coe Falls
- 14:30 – 15:00 – Lunch, Glencoe Visitor Centre
- 15:30 – 16:30 – River Coupall Falls
- 16:45 – 17:15 – Black Rock Cottage
- 17:45 – 18:45 – Glen Orchy
- 19:00 – 19:30 – Kilchurn Castle
- 21:00 – Drop off, Beardmore Hotel
These time are approximate and for guidance only, please do not have crucial appointments on the same day as your tour as delays often happen when driving in the Scottish countryside.
All meals and drinks during the day are excluded from the tour fee. There are few opportunities to purchase food and drink in the areas the tour takes in so take advantage of the few stops with shops and toilet facilities. Of course you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Bring bottled water and never drink stream water no matter how clean and refreshing it looks.
There are two Nikon D810 cameras with Really Right Stuff L-Brackets and Hoodman Eyecups available to hire for the trip as well as a variety of full frame prime and zoom lens. The hire charge for the tour is £75, which does not include a memory card, which you must provide yourself so that you can take your images away with you once the tour has ended. The Nikon D810 takes both SD and CF cards but does produce 36.6MB files so a card of 8GBs or higher is recommended.
Lenses available include:
- 50mm f1.4 Nikon FX prime
- 20mm f1.4 Sigma Art prime
- 35mm f1.4 Sigma Art prime
- 85mm f1.4 Sigma DG prime
- 105mm f2.8 Sigma DG prime
- 12-24mm f1.4 Sigma DG zoom
- 24-70mm f2.8 Sigma DG zoom
- 70-200mm f2.8 Sigma DG zoom
- X2 Sigma APO DG Tele Converter
- There is also a variety of Lensbaby lens and optics available
Accessories available include:
- 2 x Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripods with ball heads.
- 2 x Really Right Stuff L-Brackets
- 1 of each Lee Filters – Little/Big/Super Stopper, 0.3 soft grad, 0.7 soft
grad and 1 x holder systems and adaptor rings to fit all lenses.
- 1 x Hoodman Loupe to view images in bright light.
- 2 x Remote shutter triggers.
Access and Safety
The Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable and you must be prepared for changing conditions. Although this tour does not require hill-walking experience you should be in good health and a reasonable level of fitness and agility is required to get to some of the locations. Therefore this tour is not suitable for people with mobility issues. You are responsible for your own personal safety at all times and if you feel that accessing a particular location is beyond your person ability you must not attempt it, remember that a difficult climb or decent has to be tackled again when returning.
Access close to waterfalls in particular can be high risk and you should be cautious at all times especially near high edges, wet rocks and slippery ground. Do not wonder off on your own at any of the locations, always have at least one other person with you and let the tour guide know where you are going.
Waterproof walking shoes or boots with good grip.
Water & windproof trousers.
Water & windproof hooded jacket.
Warm layers of clothing are always best, they trap warm air and layers can be removed if to warm.
Hats, gloves, scarves, good wool socks and ear warmers are recommended in all but the warmest of Scottish days. Base layer thermals are highly recommended as are hand warmers in colder months as landscape photography can involve long periods of standing around in Scottish weather.
Midge repellant will make your trip much more pleasant, there are a few on the market such as Smidge or Avon’s Skin So Soft (as used by the SAS). Midge hats help too, even when using the spray, as it keeps them out of your eyes and mouth as well as off your skin. It is recommended that clothing cover legs and arms when out and about in Scotland’s wild places. Bring sun block just in case the sun becomes an issue.
If you can, avoid wearing denim clothing and canvas shoes, as when they get wet they tend to stay wet for very long time and when windy will make you very cold.
Mobile device reception tends to be sporadic and is fairly nonexistent in remote areas but improves in the towns so make sure if you need to make any important phone calls you do so when we are in any of the towns or you could just enjoy a day of no interruptions.