The Scottish Highlands boasts some of the most scenic locations in the UK with the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe being just two of them. They both offer photographers breathtaking vistas of rugged Munros, lush valleys and tranquil lochs. The wild nature and remote beauty of the region is a photographer’s dream.
Below are just a few of the many locations worth capturing on film when you visit the regions around Dunalastair.
The Great Moor of Rannoch
The Great Moor of Rannoch stretches to the far north and west of Rannoch Station. It’s among the last remaining true wildernesses in the country. This vast expanse is made up of lochans, rivers, rocky outcrops and blanket bog which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna.
It’s known to be a challenging environment and you need to be well-prepared when exploring this vast moor. But the photo opportunities, the wealth of bird and animal life and stunning vistas make it very worthwhile.
A great way to visit Rannoch Moor is to journey on the West Highland Railway which rises to over 1300 feet and crosses 23 miles of this stunning moor. Kinloch Rannoch was one of the favourite filming locations for Outlander.
There are some exhilarating albeit challenging walks along trails that take you over remote hills where you’ll also find exciting cycling routes. Expert hillwalkers take to the high mountains with relative ease, but for more novice walkers, the lower paths offer a 9-mile walk through to Corrour and Loch Ossian or a 7-mile circuit trail if preferred.
You’ll spot roe and red deer as well as curlews and grouse with plenty of photo opportunities along the way, whichever route you decide to take. Plus, the visitor centre at Rannoch Moor provides a ton of information and history of the moor which is worth checking out before you set out exploring the region.
The Wonders of Glencoe
Glencoe offers perfect photo opportunities with its deep-sided valley and majestic mountains. There is so much to see and explore between Loch Leven and the mouth of this wondrous glen with Lochaber being known as the UK’s Outdoor Capital.
You’ll discover tranquil, dark lochs and gushing waterfalls that tumble from rugged peaks into fast-flowing rivers including the River Coe.
Photo Opportunities in Glencoe
There are lots of fantastic photo opportunities in Glencoe some of which we’ve listed here.
This fast-flowing river offers some great photo opportunities with a great choice from various angles. However, the most dramatic has to be where the waterfall tumbles into the river below.
Glencoe Lochan has to be one of the most beautiful Lochs in the region and it offers superb vistas of the Pap of Glencoe. The walk around this picturesque Loch is easy enough for the whole family to enjoy offering some great photo opportunities along the way.
Glen Etive is a firm favourite for families and photographers alike. You’ll be pleasantly impressed with your experience no matter how often you visit this beautiful area of the Highlands. It’s the amazing rock formations formed by gushing waterfalls that are so stunning.
Buachaille Etive Mor and Beinn a’Chrulaiste
There’s a good reason why Buachaille Etive Mor is a favourite viewpoint in Glencoe. The view of the waterfall from here is spectacular, plus it’s so easy to get to. But another viewpoint also worth checking out is Beinn a’Chrulaiste which is also extremely accessible although more challenging to reach.
What type of camera will you need?
Choosing the right camera equipment to take with you is essential when visiting the Highlands and searching for the best photo opportunities. Ideally, a wide-angle lens fits the bill perfectly. That said, digital cameras and smartphones are also a great choice when capturing stunning Highland landscapes.
What clothes and equipment will you need?
We recommend you bring plenty of warm outdoor clothes and comfortable waterproof footwear. The terrains can be muddy and often slippery, so sturdy walking boots are essential.
It’s also a good idea to take some nibbles to snack on and plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated when exploring the regions. You should also make sure your phones are fully charged. You may also want to bring along binoculars and a sturdy rucksack to carry all your things in.
Finding the perfect base
Dunalastair Hotel Suites is ideally situated in one of the prettiest and tranquil locations which makes it the perfect base for a Highland photo adventure. You’ll savour fine dining in our Monadh restaurant where you’ll find a superb choice of dishes on the menu. All ingredients and produce are locally sourced.
Start the morning with a hearty Dunalastair breakfast that will set you up nicely for the day ahead exploring the region.
Alternatively, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay at our 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Perthshire near Pitlochry.