This July 2016, I went to visit Scotland on my own for a week, as I’ve been attracted by this part of Great Britain for quite some time now, mainly because of its spectacular landscapes. I’ve to say that I wasn’t disappointed on that point.
Scotland’s main territory consists of two regions, the Lowlands (of which I’ve seen Glasgow and Edinburgh) and the Highlands, where wild nature progressively takes advantage on modern civilisation as you head north, becoming heaven for any photographer. The road drives through scenic landscapes, sometimes mountains whose summits are up in the clouds, sea lochs, a great variety of sky lights, depending on the weather. Scotland was exactly as I thought it would be, beautiful and rich in what it has to offer.
Thus, I took landscape photos indeed, but also street, wildlife, minimalist, and architecture pictures (of castles, but not only).
Even though I was not able to rent a car during my trip, which would have given a greater freedom to explore some of the wildest and remotest aeras, me and my brand-new backpack travelled easily using a combination of trains, buses and ferries. Just google “Scotland without car” (my peregrination were largely inspired by some of theses links) and you’ll see that’s it doable.
Make sure you also check out the rest of my trip in Scotland :
Once you go beyond Loch Lomond, a 30 minutes-drive to Glasgow, landscapes start to evolve, becoming wilder. The highlands progressively unveil, through hills, mountain, large areas of green lawn, lakes and lochs. I travelled from Glasgow to Mallaig, on the west coast, by bus, and never experienced two similar landscapes.
Mallaig is a nice village consisting of a few streets reaching a small harbour. It’s also a well-know gateway to the Isle of Skye, where I was headed, via quick ferry connections. The day I was in Mallaig, I decided to wander around and eventually found Loch Morar, in the south of the village.
Mallaig also gives you easy access to the Knoydart bay and the tiny village of Inverie, where Britain’s most remote pub operate. Some say that the Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest places in the whole country, I kind of agree with that stance.
I was pretty inspired by roads while out there, so much so that I could make a small series of it.
After a few day strolling on the beautiful isle of Skye, I was back on the main island of Scotland, to visit Eilean Donan castle, one of the nation’s most iconic castles; ideally located at a crossing point where three lochs meet. Wheather that day was nice and clear, allowing me to take colourful pictures of this great location.
As the day went by, I decided to stay a bit longer than planned in the evening, with the sole goal to enjoy the light and the place.