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Scotland’s incomparable landscapes, dramatic history, and charismatic people make it a joy for travellers. It was one of the first countries I visited and it helped to infect me with the travel bug. A week in Scotland and I was hooked. I wanted to see as much of the world as I could.

It’s a place where every bend reveals a new vista and it seems that every rock or stone has a story that the locals are happy to impart. How could you not get hooked?

And if you want to see even more, check out my second gallery of Scotland photos.

Panoramic view of the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel in the background in Scotland.

01. Panoramic view of the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel in the background in Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

The Sligachan Bridge crossing the river Sligachan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

02. The Sligachan Bridge crossing the river Sligachan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view of the sun rising over the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

03. Panoramic view of the sun rising over the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panorama of the Old Man of Storr behind Loch Fada on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

04. Panorama of the Old Man of Storr behind Loch Fada on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view of the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

05. Panoramic view of the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Dunvegan Castle, looking across to MacLeod's Tables on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

06. Dunvegan Castle, looking across to MacLeod’s Tables on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

 

Panoramic view of Eilean Donan Castle at sunset in Scotland.

07. Panoramic view of Eilean Donan Castle at sunset in Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

The bridge to Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.

08. The bridge to Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.

 

Panorama of stormy skies over Eilean Donan Castle.

09. Panorama of stormy skies over Eilean Donan Castle. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Eilean Donan Castle at dusk.

10. Eilean Donan Castle at dusk.

 

Panorama of the bridge to Eilean Donan Castle.

11. Panorama of the bridge to Eilean Donan Castle. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Eilean Donan castle at dusk.

12. Eilean Donan castle at dusk. (Click for a larger image.)

 

The view from Elgol looking towards the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

13. The view from Elgol looking towards the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

 

Panoramic view from Elgol looking towards the Cullins on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

14. Panoramic view from Elgol looking towards the Cullins on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view of the sun setting over Rannoch Moor in Scotland.

15. Panoramic view of the sun setting over Rannoch Moor in Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Morning at Lochan na H'Achlaise on Rannoch Moor Scotland.

16. Morning at Lochan na H’Achlaise on Rannoch Moor Scotland.

 

Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor at dusk in Scotland.

17. Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor at dusk in Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Sunrise over Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

18. Sunrise over Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

19. Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor, Scotland.

20. Panoramic view of Rannoch Moor, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

A road weaves through the Eastern end of Glen Coe, Scotland.

21. A road weaves through the Eastern end of Glen Coe, Scotland.

 

The view of the Isle of Skye from the top of the Storr.

22. The view of the Isle of Skye from the top of the Storr. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view from Isleornay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

23. Panoramic view from Isleornay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Panoramic view from Isleornay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

24. Panoramic view from Isleornay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

The lighthouse at Neist Point on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

25. The lighthouse at Neist Point on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

 

Caerlaverock Castle in Scotland.

26. Caerlaverock Castle in Scotland.

 

Panoramic view of Lock Slapin on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

27. Panoramic view of Lock Slapin on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Click for a larger image.)

 

An alleyway at Stirling Castle, Scotland.

28. An alleyway at Stirling Castle, Scotland.

 

Panoramic view from the Glasgow Necropolis towards Glasgow Cathedral.

29. Panoramic view from the Glasgow Necropolis towards Glasgow Cathedral.

 

A miniature model of Glasgow Cathedral with Glasgow Cathedral behind it.

30. A miniature model of Glasgow Cathedral with Glasgow Cathedral behind it.

 

Bridges spanning the river Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

31. Bridges spanning the river Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

The Clyde Arc Bridge in Glasgow, Scotland.

32. The Clyde Arc Bridge in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

The Clyde Auditorium, also known as the Armadillo in Glasgow, Scotland.

33. The Clyde Auditorium, also known as the Armadillo in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Gothic arches in Glasgow Cathedral.

34. Gothic arches in Glasgow Cathedral.

 

A gothic arch in Glasgow Cathedral.

35. A gothic arch in Glasgow Cathedral.

 

The Glasgow Necropolis at dusk.

36. The Glasgow Necropolis at dusk.

 

The gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland.

37. The gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

A panoramic view of Edinburgh at dusk.

38. A panoramic view of Edinburgh at dusk. (Click for a larger image.)

 

Edinburgh as viewed from Calton Hill.

39. Edinburgh as viewed from Calton Hill.

 

Stone buildings in the old town of Edinburgh.

40. Stone buildings in the old town of Edinburgh.

 

The Scott Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland.

41. The Scott Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

The National Monument on top of Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

42. The National Monument on top of Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

 

Star trails over brick buildings in Edinburgh, Scotland.

43. Star trails over brick buildings in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

44. Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

A memorial sculpture to Greyfriar's Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland.

45. A memorial sculpture to Greyfriar’s Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Evening over Edinburgh.

46. Evening over Edinburgh.

 

The sun sets over Edinburgh, Scotland.

47. The sun sets over Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Star trails over Edinburgh castle, Scotland.

48. Star trails over Edinburgh castle, Scotland.

 

A panoramic photo of the view over Eilean Donan Castle, Luch Duich and Loch Alsh at sunset in Scotland.

49. A panoramic photo of the view over Eilean Donan Castle, Luch Duich and Loch Alsh at sunset in Scotland.

 

The lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point shines out through the evening light in western Scotland.

50. The lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point shines out through the evening light in western Scotland.

 

An Atlantic Puffin calls out on Lunga Island in the Treshnish Isles of western Scotland.

51. An Atlantic Puffin calls out on Lunga Island in the Treshnish Isles of western Scotland.

 

A panoramic view of the Blackrock Cottage with Buchaille Etive Mor in the background, near Glencoe, Scotland.

52. A panoramic view of the Blackrock Cottage with Buchaille Etive Mor in the background, near Glencoe, Scotland.

 

Tides rush into the basalt columns that form Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa.

53. Tides rush into the basalt columns that form Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa.

 

A panoramic view of Eilean Donan Castle at dusk in Scotland.

54. A panoramic view of Eilean Donan Castle at dusk in Scotland.

 

A stone bridge crosses the River Shiel in the Highlands of Scotland.

55. A stone bridge crosses the River Shiel in the Highlands of Scotland.

 

Glen Affric in the highlands of Scotland.

56. Glen Affric in the highlands of Scotland.

 

Tulips bloom in the garden at Crathes Castle, 16th-century castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

57. Tulips bloom in the garden at Crathes Castle, 16th-century castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

 

The coastal village of Gardenstown in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

58. The coastal village of Gardenstown in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

 

A panoramic view of Dunrobin Castle and its gardens in Sutherland, Scotland.

59. A panoramic view of Dunrobin Castle and its gardens in Sutherland, Scotland.

 

The ruins of Slains Castle atop cliffs looking out to the North Sea in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

60. The ruins of Slains Castle atop cliffs looking out to the North Sea in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

 

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13 Responses to “Scotland”

  1. Escape Hunter says:

    Breathtaking photos! You had me admiring them for long minutes!
    Scotland has such remote places, despite Britain being so densely populated. Seems like that northern part still remained “fresh” and rather untouched.

  2. catherine says:

    hello from Canada… I am another photographer and am a friend of Ruperts… I will be staying at the cottage in October and cant wait to take many many photos… your work is so beautiful….

  3. Darby, Your work is inspiring. I got turned on to your wonderful work by Kenn Ginn at GPC Labworks.The isle of Skye is my next trip.What would be the best time of year to get the most dramatic shots? I was thinking Sept.or Oct.

    I imagine that the wind blows continuously. did you have any issues with vibrations. I saw an Albert Watson/BBC doc. where he had 4 or 5 assistants,where one of them held a solid umbrella to shield him from the wind. Yours comments would be appreciated.

    Warm regards,

    Richard

    • dsawchuk says:

      Hi Richard,

      Glad you like my work. The last time I was in Skye was in September and the weather could have been more cooperative. A hurricane from the US was blowing back into the region and it meant a lot of rain. The key is to be persistent and get yourself to the right spots even if the weather doesn’t look like it will work. Sometimes you’ll get nice surprises and sometimes you’ll get wet, but that’s just how it goes. September and October will be a mixed bag of weather and that should get you some drama.

      If you’re looking to stay dry, I think April and May are supposed to be good times and you mostly get to avoid the midges. Skye is beautiful enough that it’s probably hard to go too wrong any time of the year (though there are some roads I wouldn’t want to drive in the winter).

      I didn’t have too many troubles with the wind. As sturdy a tripod as you will realistically carry is the starting point. After that, some people have success hanging their camera bag from the tripod or you could also carry along a nylon bag with you. Load it up with nearby rocks and hang that from the tripod and you should get a bit more stability. Having five assistants would be a nice luxury, but I don’t think they’d all fit in my car!

      On my most recent trip to Scotland, I forgot my own advice and probably lost a shot because of it. I had myself nestled up against a wall, but the wind was powerful enough that it continued shaking things a bit. If you can get away with it, another thing that can help is to take off the lens hood from the camera. Breezes can get caught in there depending on which way the wind is blowing.

  4. Thanks for the advice, Darby…….very helpful.

    Richard D

  5. Trish says:

    These are absolutely the most beautiful images of Scotland I have ever seen! My family is traced back 33 generations and I hope to visit my homeland someday soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your God given talent!

    Trish

  6. Carsten says:

    A country so beautiful, and never enough time to see it all. I visited Scotland in july with my fiance, and cant wait to come back. So until then, I’ll dream by looking at your breathtaking pictures, thanks for sharing. Carsten – Denmark

  7. Dan Woodlief says:

    Darby, right after I found your site, I bookmarked it, and I don’t bookmark many sites these days. I am preparing for an upcoming UK trip with my family, and that is how I ran into your photos. I too love travel photography, but this is not a photography-focused trip. I greatly admire your use of light and water effects. Most of the photos on your site are truly breathtaking, and I am sure I will be coming back often to look at more of your galleries. Keep up the inspiring work!

  8. Chris Nicholson says:

    Hello Darby, where was image 46 taken from. I really dont know Edinburgh so well but it is a fantastic image.

  9. RANDY JOHNSON says:

    Darby, Your photos are breathtaking. Having been to this country I long to live there. The people were so amazing and friendly. I can’t wait to come back again. Randy in Nashville Tennessee.

  10. lian says:

    hi:)
    they are all ammazing.thank you.

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