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This Scotland Photo Tour, from June the 2nd to the 11th, and from September the 12th to the 21st, 2023, is one of our most spectacular landscape workshops in Europe. Land of impressive sceneries, including both mountain landscapes and seascapes, Scotland is one of those essential destinations for any photography lover. On this photo adventure, you’ll be taken through the most spectacular locations in Scotland during 10 days.
Not many destinations on Earth offer so much beauty as Scotland does. Both its natural landscapes and the impressive architecture of its castles, will bring us excellent photo opportunities. All this, while you learn and improve your photography. Always guided by our professional photo instructors, who count with plenty of experience in the destination, and with the services our own travel agency for photography lovers. We count with more than 5 years of experience organizing more than 40 photo tours and workshops.
We are sure you’ll love this experience, as well as the beautiful places we will be visiting. Every single day, we will be living amazing moments, while we search for the best possible light conditions. Although the Scotland weather can be quite unpredictable, we will keep exploring every location, trying to make the most of it. At the same time, rainy or stormy conditions, will often reward us with the greatest light shows! We’ll make sure to be always ready to get all that Scotland has to offer from a photographic point of view.
This Scotland photo workshop will be totally focused on landscape photography. As we already stated, Scotland is such an incredible country, that we will have constant chances to get spectacular pictures during every single day of the trip. We are talking about a Nature wonder, home to some of the most stunning sceneries all around the world, which you’ll be able to explore during this photo adventure. At the same time, we will be also photographing many of its enchanting castles, including them in our compositions, surrounded by the lovely Scotland sceneries.
Among the locations we will visit, we can highlight many fabulous waterfalls, stunning mountains and peaks, precious forests, or lovely beaches and cliffs. And, of course, we will photograph many of the spectacular lakes in the area, including the world famous Loch Ness. One of the areas where we’ll spend more time is the extraordinary Isle of Skye, a true paradise for any landscape photographer.
During our route around the country, we’ll have endless chances to stop for a picture. Sadly, we will not be able to stop as many times as we’d like to, but we will certainly have lots of opportunities to capture the incredible surroundings.
Apart from the natural landscapes, we will focus on the lovely Scottish castles. We’ll be visiting many of them during the trip, which will be a perfect subject to include in our compositions. You’ll surely have seen hundreds of images of these castles in the middle of impressive natural sceneries. Well, know you’ll be the one having the chance to get those incredible pictures.
During our early June trip, we’ll be enjoying late spring season, and everything will be covered by green grass, allowing us to capture wonderful contrasty images.
At the same time, by mid September, we will be able to get the first fall colors in Scotland, the main reason to set the dates for this Scotland photo tour. Meanwhile, the weather will not probably be so bad as may be in October or November. This way, we’ll have high chances to get the beautiful yellowish and reddish tones on the fields and the mountainside, allowing to capture surreal images.
As stated, September is not usually such a rainy month as October or November, which would bring us better chances to maximize our time photographing the destination. Anyway, it would be really strange to visit Scotland for 10 days with no rain at all. Therefore, we’ll be ready for rain, and will keep searching for the great photo opportunities that bad weather may also bring.
Finally, both seasons would be out of the peak season in the country, avoiding the large amounts of tourists typical of July and August. This way, we’ll be able to enjoy as much as possible on our shooting locations.
This Scotland photo tour is a very easy to do trip, not involving long or complicated hikes, and being suitable for anyone who loves photography.
First of all, there is no minimum physical level required to join us on this trip. We will be doing some hikes during our photo tour, but they will normally be easy and not so long hikes, not requiring a high physical level to do them.
At the same time, there is no age limit to participate. Anyone is welcome to join us, as long as they are reasonably healthy.
Apart from that, no previous photographic experience is required to join us on this photo tour, being suitable for all photo levels. Whether you are an amateur, and advanced user, or even a professional photographer, you will be welcome to join this trip. Our photo guide/s will bring personalized attention, adjusted to every participant’s level, which will help you getting the best possible pictures, while you improve your photography.
Finally, no minimum photo gear is required to participate. You can join us even shooting with your smartphone or a compact camera! Although we feature a ‘Recommended Gear’ section below, it’s just a list of the best possible gear for the workshop. Regardless the camera you use on this photo tour, you’ll get back home with extraordinary photos!
In short, if you love landscape photography, this is a totally recommended photo tour. One of the best destinations on Earth, that you’ll be exploring during 10 days. A destination like this, will surely bring you unmatched opportunities to capture extraordinary images. We’ll be capturing the most photogenic locations, enjoying views that you’ll never forget. All this while you make new friends who share the same passion for traveling and photography.
We are offering a great opportunity to photograph Scotland, at one of the best times of the year. Seats are limited to 12 participants, with a group ratio of 1 instructor per each 6 people, allowing for a perfect experience. Do not miss this chance, and get the most of this amazing country joining us on this photo tour.
Our Scotland Photo Tour will begin at Edinburgh International Airport, where we’ll meet. After the presentations, we will take our vehicles and head to the first of the areas we will visit during the trip, Loch Lomond National Park.
This area features precious lakes and forests, of incomparable beauty, bringing us the first photo possibilities of the workshop. We will visit one of the most spectacular lakes in the area for sunset, Loch Lomond (loch is the Scottish word for lake), near Milarrochy Bay.
Once the light has gone, we’ll continue to Dalmally, where we’ll stay for this first night.
Today, we will wake up early to visit the nearby Loch Awe by sunrise, only a 5 minutes drive from our accommodation. In this incredible lake, we’ll be able to photograph the fantastic Kilchurn Caste, being our main objective for the session. If lucky, we might get not windy condition, which would allow for spectacular reflections of the castle and the surrounding mountains over the lake.
After enjoying sunrise and golden hour as much as possible, we’ll head to our following destination, Glencoe. We will spend most of the day stopping by many of the impressive locations along the road. Among these, we could highlight several extraordinary waterfalls, such as Etive Mor, The Meeting of the Three Waters, Glencoe, Steall or Coe River. But, besides these, we will also photograph Achtriotchan Lake, as well as many other mesmerizing views we will be finding throughout the route.
After leaving our luggage at our accommodation in Glencoe, we will continue to the Stalker Castke. This gorgeous castle, located at Loch Laich, (which is part of the Linnhe one), will be our sunset location for the day. Being able to photograph such a mythical and enchanting castle, will be one of the highlights of this Scotland photo workshop. Certainly, it’s kind of a paradise for photographers. If we are lucky to get good lights by sunset, we’ll enjoy an unforgettable show.
After shooting the area also by blue hour, we’ll get back to our accommodation to sleep.
We’ll leave Glencoe early in the morning, to get to the Etive Mor falls for sunrise. This is another of the top locations around the country, and will bring us impressive photo opportunities, as the sunlight illuminates the area.
After sunrise, we’ll continue our way to our next destination. However, we will be stopping several times along our way. One of the most remarkable visits will take place at Glenfinnan Viaduct, world famous because of the stream train that passes over it. If lucky, we will be able to photograph this precious train, best known as ‘the Harry Potter train’.
Afterwards, we’ll continue our way to another of the most awaited locations during this Scotland photo tour, the Eilean Donan Castle. Located by Loch Duich, we are talking about one of the top landmarks in this beautiful country. We’ll stay in the area for the rest of the day, photographing the location by sunset. Furthermore, we’ll be capturing the castle illuminated at blue hour, in one of the most magical moments of the trip.
Once it’s totally dark, we’ll get back to our accommodation to sleep.
Today, we’ll get back to Eilean Donan Castle, this time for sunrise. As this is one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland, we will make sure to make the most of it during these two visits. We’ll be there as the sun illuminates the area, capturing the castle at golden hour.
After the session, we’ll have breakfast and will continue our route to the spectacular Isle of Skye. As usual, we will be stopping to photographs several spots along our way, beginning with several scenic points to photograph the Loch Long and, again, the Eilean Donan Castle. Apart from these, we will be photographing the Kyleakin Castle, as well as the same named town, Loch Cill Chriosd, and the precious tiny cemetery next to it, and the Spar Cave.
Finally, we’ll visit Elgol for sunset, where we’ll photograph its beautiful port and its amazing rocky beach. There, as the sun is setting, we will enjoy the amazing light in front of the scene we will be capturing. After the session, we will drive to Portree, where we will stay for the next 4 nights.
We’ll wake up early to get to another of the top locations of this Scotland photo tour, The Old Man of Storr. This wonderful rock formation, as well as The Needle, are located at the foot of the impressive mountain known as The Storr, all in an amazing scenery.
The area is around a half and hour drive from Portree, and once we get there, we’ll have to hike for another half an hour. Therefore, we’ll have to get early enough to make the most of the session. However, be sure it will be totally worth it! We’ll get the reward of photographing one of the most amazing natural areas in Scotland, with spectacular panoramic views of the region.
Alternatively, for those who don’t want to do the whole hike, we will give the option of keeping taking pictures near the parking area.
After this visit, we will get to the nearby Loch Fada and Loch Leathan, very close to the coast. We’ll be searching for great compositions around these lakes, with the impressive The Storr and The Old Man of Storr in the background.
Finally, we will get to another incredible area of Skye, Fairy Glen. This magical location features precious rounded hills and mounds that seem to be taken from a fairytale. We’ll stay in the area for sunset, making the most from the endless photo opportunities we’ll have here.
Today, we’ll have to wake up very early again, to head to the Fairy Pools, a fantastic area with crystal clear blue pools and falls, which will allow us to get wonderful photos. Here, we’ll be able to practice long exposure photography, using neutral density filters. This way, we will get very different effects on the water, depending on the shutter speed used.
This area of the River Brittle, at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains, features amazing photographic potential, so we’ll stay there during most part of the morning.
Afterwards, we will head to the following spot, another of the most amazing locations in Scotland, Neist Point, and the impressive Neist cliffs. For many, this is the most spectacular location in the Isle of Skye, and even in all Scotland. From a photographic point of view, the area is kind of a paradise for photo lovers, with amazing views of the surroundings, that will take our breath away!
We’ll spend the rest of the day at the cliffs, photographing sunset from the area. As the sun is setting by the horizon, we’ll be able to capture extraordinary pictures of the cliffs and the beautiful lighthouse in the background. There will be infinite possibilities to get fantastic images around us, so we’ll make sure to explore all the possibilities. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the most fruitful moments of the trip.
After blue hour, we will get back to our accommodation, to rest after a very intense day.
One more day, we’ll get up early to get to another incredible location, from where we’ll capture sunrise. This time, we’ll visit Mealt Falls, a wonderful 180 foot (55 meter) high waterfall by the Kilt Rock cliffs, that falls directly into the sea.
After exploring the area for enough time, we’ll have breakfast and head to the next destination, not so far away, the Quiraing area. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the surroundings of this mountainous region, with its beautiful greenish tones mossy rocks and amazing rock formations.
We will hike to some of the most remarkable spots in the region, but stopping constantly to photograph the wonderful views and details around us. Among those spots, we should highlight some rock formations, such as The Needle, The Table or The Prison, apart from lakes, valleys and hills.
After photographing sunset from Quiraing, we will get back to our accommodation to sleep.
Today, we’ll leave early our accommodation and drive to our sunrise location, Loch Nan Eilean. If there is no wind, we will be able to capture the wonderful reflections of the mountains over the lake.
After sunrise, we will stop for breakfast, and begin our way back East, stopping several times to photograph the area around us. One of the places we’ll photograph will be Plodda Falls, a 131 feet (40 meter) high waterfall, located in the middle of a fantastic forest.
For sunrise, we will visit probably the most famous locations in Scotland, the world famous Loch Ness. Despite it will not be one of the most beautiful lakes we will visit during our trip, it will bring us also great photo possibilities, apart from the chance to explore this magical place, searching for the mythical lake monster.
After photographing sunset by the lake, we’ll continue our way to our accommodation, in Glencoe.
This will be our last full day in Scotland, so we’ll wake up early again, this time to photograph some of the lakes near Glencoe at sunrise.
After breakfast, we will continue our way to Edinburgh, where this Scotland photo tour began. Once we get to the city, we’ll spend the rest of the day photographing some of its most enchanting streets, monuments and churches, enjoying the beautiful architecture of Edinburgh.
For sunset, we will visit Calton Hill, an elevated area over the city, with fabulous panoramic views of the surroundings. Certainly, this will be the best spot to photograph the city at sunset, with glorious views of its castle and its cathedral.
Once the night has come, we will get to our hotel to rest.
Today, we will wake up early and head to the Edinburgh Airport, where this Scotland photo tour will come to its end.
The cost of this fantastic 10 day (9 night) long Scotland Photo Tour, is US$3,590 / 2.995€ per person. Price includes double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.
Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.
Single room supplement: US$960 / 800€, depending on availability.
To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.
This Scotland Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).
The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.
In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.
At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.
Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To visit Scotland, you need a valid Passport and might need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to enter the country. Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination. The photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in Scotland or any other country.
This Scotland Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, we strongly recommend you to bring a full travel insurance, which has unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.
The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.
We are completely sure that this Scotland Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.
Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.
At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600 (US$863 if choosing single room). Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.
The remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip. If one client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, the organizers has the right to cancel the contract with that participant, without any refund, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.
If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the cost of the photo tour.
However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:
– Less than 60 days prior to the trip: US$600 (US$863 in case they had chosen single room basis).
– Greater than 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost.
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by September, the 10th, 2020. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
This Scotland Photo Tour is recommended for anyone, regardless their age or their physical level. Most of the photo spots are located just a short walk from the places where we’ll park. However, there a couple of longer hikes, that will requite easy half an hour to one hour hikes. Taking this into account, we can consider this Scotland photo tour an easy trip.
At the same time, there is no age limit for the tour, as well as your health and conditions are reasonably good.
There is no need of a minimum photography level to join this Scotland Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones.
One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!
During this Scotland Photo Tour, we can expect mid temperatures during the daytime, that will turn a bit colder during the nights. However, nothing specially complicated if we are well prepared. Average temperatures during this time of the year are around 46º to 57º Fahrenheit (8º to 14º Celsius). At the same time, rain is very usual in Scotland anytime, so we will have to take that into account.
For this reason, the best choice is dressing in layers, so you can add or remove layers depending on the temperature. A Gore Tex or waterproof jacket will be totally recommended, for the possible rain. At the same time, a light jacket would be also needed for the colder moments. Waterproof mountain boots or hiking shoes will be perfect for most of the trip. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this Scotland Photo Tour.
This Scotland Photo Tour, as most of our trips, doesn’t include meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). This will give us maximum flexibility during the trip, in order to focus on the most important thing: photography. Normally, we will be having breakfast in the hotel or in cafes, before or after our sunrise session. For lunch, sometimes we’ll be going to restaurants, but other times we’ll be buying food at supermarkets (fruit, snacks, sandwiches, etc…), and doing a picnic or even eating in the vehicle/s. Then, we will have dinner at the hotel or in town.
However, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the Scottish cuisine, with delicious local dishes, as well as wonderful fish and lobster!
Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options.
If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details.
During our Scotland Photo Tour, we’ll be normally staying in 2, 3 or 4 star hotels. Each traveller will be staying in a double twin shared room, shared with another participant of the tour. Rooms will always include a private bath.
If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.
Anyone can join this Scotland Photo Tour, no matter your country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.
This Scotland Photo Tour will begin at Edinburgh International Airport, Scotland. Therefore, all the participants have to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence. There is no need to join the rest of the participants at any other country, to fly together to Edinburgh.
Once you have confirmed your booking for this Scotland Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!
As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color down or shell jacket (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold and the rain but, at the same time, you’ll look great when photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around all Scotland!