Scotland expedition 10-13-10-13

Glencoe morning


You probably heard this million times. “Scotland is heaven for landscape photographers!”
There is not much to say to that, only that it is true…

I always wanted to do this. Go to Scotland on photographic trip. Having studied most of the cult landscape photographic books and spending hours browsing the net for locations, I finally put together a plan for the trip. I wanted to visit legendary locations, photographed by many before us. I know, it’s been done million times, but I wanted to go there and do it myself. My fellow travellers great photographers Robo Stefanka, Milan Cutka and Paul McKinley agreed the plan – we were ready.

the crew

It was also first time for Robo and Milan. Not just Scotland but England as well. Our plan was simple: Glencoe-Isle of Sky-Elgol-Quiraing-home.

We left Nottingham at 3:15 am on Thursday and drove North. First night we spent in Glencoe not very far from iconic mountain Buachaille Etive Mor. We stayed in Kings House hotel which is ideally located. Dropped off our bags and went to do photos. During the day when sun was high we went to see Castle Stalker and then came back to catch last light on magical Buachaille Etive Mor. It was great to actually stand there and just watch. Weather was on our side and light was amazing…

Castle Stalker
Castle Stalker

Finished the day of in a hotel Bar drinking 10 years old local whisky called Ben Nevis. Beautiful. Next morning we were under the hill again, this time waiting for sunrise to illuminate its walls. This time there was a whole bunch of photographers as place is very famous. We did the photos packed our bags and went on our way to Isle of Skye. First stop was Eilean Donan Castle – probably the most photographed castle in the world.

Eilan Donan_small
Eilean Donan castle

It was quite easy to find our B&B.  Very quiet place owned by nice lady. We dropped off our bags had a little rest ( except Milan , who went out to explore…).Then we packed all kit and drove to Elgol to see the beach. This is also one of the famous places, especially known for Joe Cornish’s pictures. Weather was incredible, beautiful sunset and calm sea. This place is famous for its roughness, but this time beech greeted us with peaceful calmness.

Next morning Paul and myself went to Elgol again and Milan and Robo went to the mountains above the village. Sunrise was beautiful. After breakfast we said bye to lovely owner of the B&B and jumped to the car. Direction Staffin-Quiraing.

with owner of B&B
with owner of B&B

Quiraing is great place with millions of possibilities for landscape shooters. I wish we had more time in our hands to explore the place.Last light gone quickly and we retreat to the B&B.After chat with owner of the place we learned that few nights before there was a Northern lights display. We have been hoping that maybe that night we can see it too. But no nothing happens.But with weather like we had those few days , it will be too much luck to see northern lights as well…..
Morning came too quickly a we started our last day quite early. Destination : legendary landscape location Old man of Storr. To walk up took us just about an hour but we were there on time.It was one of those moments when you just standing there and enjoyed sunrise.One of the most beautiful I had in a long time.

The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr sunrise

After sunrise we went back to the car. On our way down we met massive group of Japanese tourist making their way up. Obviously, we came late for breakfast but lovely lady still made it for us. From this point it unfortunately went very quickly. We pack our stuff and made our way to Edinburgh where we left our companions Milan and Robo. Then me and Paul drove down home. In total according car computer we made 1220 miles and spent 25.5 hours in car in just 4 days.

It was an amazing trip with great people. We had a good fun and unbelievable weather. Scotland is truly amazing and inspirational country. Here’s to next year.

For full trip gallery  (also containing some of Milan’s and Robo’s pictures) click : HERE




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