The Best Photo Opportunities in Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Scotland is a photographers’ paradise – everywhere from the quaint villages in the Scottish Highlands to the big-name cities bustling with people, photo opportunities are everywhere!

The big cities that still manage to maintain their small-town charm are a great option for your Scottish adventure. If you have some spare time, grab a camera (or even your phone!) and get snapping – we’d love to see your photos!

EILEAN DONAN CASTLE, DORNE

The Eilean Donan Castle is a tiny tidal island where three lochs meet in the Western Highlands of Scotland.

The tiny island in Loch Duich is no stranger to film, TV and photography – it is home to some of the world’s best photography spots.

A footbridge connects the island to the mainland and the 13th century style castle was restored in the early 20th century. Although the restoration was a major operation, it still manages to maintain the amazing charm of an ancient castle!

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, EDINBURGH

Royal Botanical Garden Scotland

Nature lovers with a penchant for flowers and gardening should definitely head to the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh.

The world-renowned scientific center is home immaculate gardening and gorgeous blooms, and is also a great place to observe the study of plants.

Grab your macro lens, raincoat and head out – it’s one of Scotland’s national treasures!

CRAMOND ISLAND

Cramond Island Scotland

The uninhibited Cramond Island is a hidden gem in Scottish history.

Located near Edinburgh, the small tidal island is accessible by foot. There are only 4 hours in which you can walk to the island without being caught out by the tide – you definitely don’t want to get stuck out there!

The small island is full with World War II gun outposts and is great for exploring some of Scotland’s history.

ST ANDREWS, FIFE

St. Andrews University Scotland

The town of St Andrews is home to the 3rd oldest university in the English speaking world, and is the oldest university in the whole of Scotland.

Located in Fife, Scotland, the town boasts some amazing photography opportunities. The town hall, Martyrs memorial and St Salvator’s Tower are all must-visits for any photographer!

STIRLING CASTLE, STIRLING

Stirling Castle, Scotland

The Stirling Castle is one of the most important buildings in terms of architecture and history.

The castle is surrounded by three steep cliffs and was where many Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned, including Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542!

The high stance and gorgeous building is rich in history, making it a definite spot for photography lovers!

PORTREE, ISLE OF SKYE

Portree, Isle of Skye

The small town of Portree on the Isle of Skye is one of the most picturesque villages you will ever come across.

Scotland is full of villages with Balamory-style houses, and the bay in Portree is a must-visit for people looking for a quiet town to snap away in.

TOBERMORY, ISLE OF MULL

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory is the capital city for the Isle of Mull, but with a surprisingly small population of just 700, it’s easy to get lost in it’s rich culture!

The town was originally founded as a fishing port, but the main street of the city is now home to a brewery, arts center and aquarium (the first ever catch and release aquarium in Europe!).

 

Are you off to Scotland soon? If you visit one of these places, get snapping away and send us your photos – we’d love to see them!

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