Scotland Photo Tour - Isle of Skye & Glencoe (Highlands)

An unforgettable 8-day photographic holiday of a lifetime, capturing some of the most stunning landscape photography that the Scottish Highlands has to offer!

Last updated: 15 Jun, 2024

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Dates & Times


2024

1) Sat 5th – Sat 12th October, 2024

2) Mon 14th – Mon 21st October, 2024

Guaranteed Departures!

Fitness Level


Moderate

Price


US$4,495pp (hotel, depart Inverness)

(single supplement = US$495)

Availability


2024

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Included

Professional Photo Guide

Transportation (depart Inverness)

Hotel accommodation

All bookings are 100% protected by our insurance

Kase filter kits available

Small tour (max 5 participants)

Join Us

Join our small group photo tour (maximum 5 photographers) capturing some of the most stunning landscape photography that Scotland has to offer! 

Scotland has always inspired the spirit of adventure and its rugged, untamed landscapes await!  On almost every photographer’s bucket list of ideal photography holidays, the stunning visuals have to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated.  From Skye’s awe-inspiring geographical formations of Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, to the sublime beauty of Glencoe, we’ll visit both the iconic locations and the hidden gems in this magnificent area of the Scottish Highlands. 

From our starting point in Inverness, over eight full days we’ll visit the romantic and stunning Eileen Donan Castle en route to the Isle of Skye, also called the “Magical Isle”.  Impressive geological formations await us, allowing a glimpse into a forgotten time.  Volcanic crags sculptured over millennia into unique shapes abound in Skye, creating many memorable photo opportunities such as the dazzling turquoise waters of the elegant Fairy Pools, and the fossil-strewn shale beach of Elgol with the dramatic Cullin mountain range looming in the background. There are few places that match the opportunity for such a diverse array of spectacular photos to increase your portfolio or practice your photographic skills.

Jacobite Train Harry Potter Hogwarts Express on Glenfinnan Viaduct during workshop
Beautiful light at The Quiraing Scotland as a photographer takes a picture

Daily Itinerary

Eilean Donan Castle iluminated at blue hour - Scotland

Day 1Journey to the “Magical Isle” of Skye

The first morning of your tour we will pick you up from your hotel in Inverness between 9-10am and begin our journey to the Isle of Skye. 

En route you will get your first taste of the Scottish countryside, and will naturally ponder how best to capture this stunning country through your photographs. 

We’ll stop for a late lunch at one of Scotland’s most famous locations, Eileen Donan Castle, we’ll then continue our journey to Skye, photographing Sligachan Old Bridge on our way to our hotel in Portree where we’ll be staying for four nights. 

Person standing atop Fairy Glen on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Day 2 – Wild Landscapes

Today our photography workshop participants will rise and shine for the short trek to the breathtaking Quiraing landslip where we’ll capture the wild and majestic sunrise.  An iconic location boasting a plethora of rolling mountains and moss-covered rock, the dramatic Quiraing is as rustic and as close to nature as you can get, and with the sunrise’s golden light in play, it’s a view one can never forget. 

We’ll move on to explore the otherworldly Fairy Glen, a Quiraing in miniature, with its unique natural “castle” Ewan. 

We’ll finish the day literally on a high note as we gaze off the cliffs of Skye’s most westerly tip to photograph Neist Point Lighthouse at sunset.

Isthmus Bay reflections on calm day

Day 3 – The Old Man of Storr

Today is our earliest start of the tour as we arrive in time to hike up to catch the golden rays hitting the Old Man of Storr, witnessing what could easily be a scene from Tokien’s Lord of the Rings.

Although an hour of early morning hiking may sound daunting, it is more than worth the effort for our final view!

We’ll have a relaxing rest of the day, visiting some unique waterfalls close by, and then consider making a return to Eileen Donan Castle for a sunset shoot.

Blue waters of Fairy Pools Isle of Skye Scotland

Day 4 – Fairytales of Skye

Depending on the infamous Scottish weather, we may have a second chance at the Quiraing for sunrise or we’ll have a slightly later start and head to the lovely Fairy Pools. Situated at the foot of the Black Cullins mountains, the crystal-clear waters of the River Brittle collect in shallow pools and cascade delicately over multiple gentle waterfalls. 

Refreshed, we then head to the south of Skye to the stunning coastline of Elgol, voted as one of Britain’s most scenic beaches and exhibits an especially moody character in winter. On your way to the water’s edge any fossil hunters should keep an eye out as Elgol is famous for them. 

Jacobite Train Harry Potter Hogwarts Express on Glenfinnan Viaduct during workshop

Day 5 – Hogwarts Express (Jacobite Steam Train)

For our final day in Skye we’ll return to the Sligachan area at sunrise to explore the multiple waterfalls upstream from the Old Bridge, with the craggy peaks of Sgurr Nan Gillean prominent in the background. 

Waving goodbye to Skye, we’ll head south to the Glenfinnan Viaduct.  You may recognise this gorgeous area as famous for being a filming location for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.  The steam train will be running, so be prepared to capture it in all its atmospheric beauty! 

From there, we’ll travel into Glencoe, the jeweled heart of the Scottish Highlands and a favourite of landscape photographers.  Carved by glaciers and volcanic activity, this area is rich in history and brimming with photographic delights. We’ll make our home for the next few nights at the stunning Kingshouse Hotel. 

Snowy Buachaille Etive Mor waterfall

Day 6 – Glen Etive

We’ll begin the day with sunrise in the Glen Coe Valley, where we’ll explore the lochs and the magical area surrounding Glen Etive.  This is where you’ll find the Etive Mor Falls, with the stunning symmetrical Buachaille mountain as a backdrop – one of the iconic shots of Scotland.  It offers a myriad of compositions, so we’ll take our time to explore the area beyond just the standard tourist shot. 

We’ll then make our way along the Glen, stopping to shoot at various waterfalls situated upon the River Etive.  There is the possibility of an encounter with the wild red deer that call this area home.  In the afternoon, we’ll head to a famous filming location where James Bond’s ancestral home in ‘Skyfall’ was located.

Glencoe Lochan sunset with still water reflection

Day 7 – Glencoe Revisted

Today we’ll explore the many lochs and lochans in the Glen Coe valley, along with the picturesque cottages in the area, accentuated by the stunning backdrops they reside in. 

We may also look to photograph two picturesque castles nearby, Kilchurn Castle and Castle Stalker. 

As the weather conditions can change rapidly in the Highlands, we’ll monitor our feature highlights, as the exact same scene can look completely different after some fresh overnight snow on the peaks or a recent downpour dramatically changes the look of the waterfalls. In just a couple of days, it is possible to gain a photography portfolio of vastly different-looking shots from the exact same location!

Majestic Red Deer stag in Glen Etive, Glencoe, Scotland

Day 8 – Return to Inverness

This will be the final day of our workshop. We’ll wake for an early sunrise in the Glencoe area, before returning to the stunning surrounds of Glen Etive for another opportunity to capture the Buachaille Etive Mor Falls.

Packed with full memory cards and wonderful memories of the Highlands’ unique landscapes, we’ll make our way back to Inverness and drop you off at your hotel around 15:00 to 16:00.

photography holidays scotland. Photographer kneels to take long exposure photo at River Coupall Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe Scotland
Recommended Equipment
  • Wide angle lens – 16-35mm, 10-24mm, 14-24mm
  • Walk around/kit lens – 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm
  • Longer focal length lens – 70-200mm
  • Tripod
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery Charger (we have charging facilities on our vehicle)
  • Extra memory cards
  • ND Filters – optional/recommended for long exposures during the day – we have multiple sets of Kase ND filters available to borrow (please let me know the filter thread size of your lenses prior to the workshop)
  • Shutter trigger (wired trigger recommended)
  • Full wet weather gear – just in case! 
  • Knee high rain boots (Wellington boots) are essential to explore our locations.

A full packing list will be provided prior to the tour.

Included / Not included
  • Included:
    • Professional photo guide & tuition.
    • Return transportation from Inverness in our comfortable 8-seat vehicle.
    • Hotel Accommodation & Meals. There may be supplements for Premium rooms (if available).
    • Kase filter kits if required
    • Battery charging facilities in vehicle

    Not included:

    • Personal & travel insurance
    • Alcohol, snacks during the day.
    • Travel to start point or from end point of tour.
    • Anything not specified as “Included”
Fitness Level
Moderate

This tour involves walking of 30-60  minutes along paths/trails and requires occasional steep steps and inclines.  A person of average fitness level should have little difficulty.

Where we'll meet

Start/finish point – Invernes, Scotland.

Collection at 9am, Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF

We expect to return to Inverness between 3-4pm on our final day.

Meeting point map.

Testimonials

“I just got back from my tour almost two weeks ago. I participated in their Scotland tour, led by Dion Hitchcock. We had a group of 5 tour mates and our guide. We had such a fantastic group of people and an excellent guide.

If you’ve never been to Scotland, I highly recommend it. Dion’s expertise in the field, his extremely friendly disposition, and his knowledge of the region are beyond any expectations. I truly valued everything I learned from him, made lasting memories with my new tour friends, and came home with hundreds of photographs. We named our tour the Reflections Tour, as we were presented with far more reflections than one could expect in a moody, windy country
This was a tour and a country to remember for a lifetime. I can’t wait for my next trip.”
Jenna R. - Indiana, USA (via TripAdvisor)

Magificent Locations!

“Dion did an awesome job as guide and I thoroughly enjoyed the Scotland Photo Tour!

I enjoyed getting to know the other participants and having lots of laughs. Dion did a superb job of balancing the daily weather conditions with sites that he and the group wanted to photograph. This maximized our time each day so that we could capture as many great photos as possible whether it be sunrise & sunset, or moody scenes unique to the Scottish landscape. Dion was very attentive to people’s photography skill level and provided instruction to capture the best scenes considering the settings on their various camera makes and models. He also gave the more experienced photographers in the group the freedom and flexibility to do their own thing when at the photo locations.

I highly recommend this photo tour to anyone from beginner to advanced wishing to advance their photography skills in many of the magnificent locations in Scotland highlands and Isle of Sky! Barry Brestel (2022 Scotland Photo Tour Participant).”

Barry B. - Iowa, USA (via Google Reviews)

"Scotland Photography Tour with Dion Hitchcock - simply the best!"

“My wife and I took part in the Scotland photography tour (Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands) from 16 – 23 October 2023.

This tour provided plenty of opportunities to flex our photography skills. We left with not only a better understanding of our own skillset but also a fantastic appreciation for the Scotland countryside.

Our guide Dion was top notch and provided plenty of time at our shooting locations, giving us the latitude to take our time in arranging and composing our shots but also providing assistance with composition, lens selection, filter use, and other factors when the need arose.

With his thorough and well thought out planning, Dion provided a very organized tour but with some built-in flexibility, which allowed us to shift the intinerary to accommodate various lighting conditions, changes in weather, or even changes in perspective: was the scene just left worth another look at a different time of day?

This was one of the best photography experiences we have ever had. We highly recommend the tour, the Highlands of Scotland is a magical place and our very proficient guide, Dion Hitchcock is the best! We plan to examine future opportunities with this company and look forward to our next adventure with Dion.”

William S. – Virginia, USA  Oct 2023 (Via Tripadvisor)

Guide

Dion Hitchcock UK Photo Tours workshop guide

Dion Hitchcock

UK Photo Tours is owned and operated by professional photographer, Dion Hitchcock.

Dion brings over a decade of expertise in teaching and guiding photography. He is an expat Australian and when not running photography tours, resides in London, UK, running photography workshops or as a locum pharmacist. His extensive travel experiences, spanning over 40 countries, ignited his passion for photography as a means to chronicle his journeys. This passion quickly evolved into a profound interest, leading him to actively participate in various camera clubs, assisting them in conducting workshops. Today, Dion independently operates his own workshops mainly across the UK, and occasionally internationally.

His London-based photography Meetup groups have 7,000+ members and over 500 5-star ratings.

Dion still maintains his registration as a pharmacist professional, dedicating his time to aiding patients and educating pharmacy students. However, he has transitioned his time into the realm of photography, where he assists clients in understanding the craft’s technical and artistic aspects. This shift, though unconventional, aligns with his upbringing; both of his parents were artists who nurtured his appreciation for the world’s inherent beauty. His extensive photography experience, professional background, passion for teaching, and numerous five-star reviews ensures you’ll be in the best of care whilst on tour.

You can reach Dion at info@uk-photo-tours.com

Reviews from our workshop clients

We’re extemely proud that a large number of our bookings are repeat clients or have been referred by previous clients.

discobrown60discobrown60
19:20 24 Jan 24
This was a shared photo experience with my daughter and Dion made the whole experience a very enjoyable and memorable. From the sunrise at Happisburgh lighthouse to the seals at Horsey gap, a truly informative 4 days. Thanks also for the loan of your lenses and Nikon body (my Nikon D5600 decided to misbehave a couple of times!). Will certainly be looking to use Photo Tours again in the future.
Marie-Helene WesselMarie-Helene Wessel
17:13 06 Dec 23
I recently had the pleasure of joining a photography tour led by the incredible Dion Hitchcock in the stunning landscapes of Scotland, and I can't express enough how exceptional the experience was!From the very beginning, Dion's enthusiasm set the tone for what turned out to be a truly memorable journey. His passion for photography and Scotland's breathtaking scenery was infectious, creating an environment where everyone felt inspired and excited to capture the beauty around us.Dion's expertise and knowledge of the best photographic spots in Scotland were evident throughout the tour. He skillfully guided our group to hidden gems and iconic locations, ensuring that we had ample opportunities to capture the perfect shot. His keen eye for composition and lighting added an extra layer of depth to my photographs, elevating them to a whole new level.What truly stood out, however, was Dion's exceptional level of patience and helpfulness. Whether you were a seasoned photographer or a beginner like myself, Dion was always there to offer guidance, share tips, and provide constructive feedback. His approachability made the learning experience enjoyable, and I felt comfortable asking questions and seeking advice, fostering an environment of growth and creativity.As a result of Dion's guidance and the breathtaking locations we explored, I came home with a portfolio of photographs that exceeded my expectations.In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Dion Hitchcock's photography tours to anyone seeking a blend of expertise, passion, and a genuine commitment to creating a memorable experience. Thank you so much, Dion!
Hesham GowailyHesham Gowaily
12:06 02 Dec 23
I had the pleasure to join Dion (UK Photo Tours) on 2 multi-day trips (Cornwall and Lake District) and it was an amazing experience.Dion is a very skilled photographer who has a passion to share his knowledge, he's well versed in just about any aspect of photography and can benefit even the most experienced photographer.What made the trips absolutely remarkable is Dion's extensive knowledge of the areas we visited and deep understanding of what spot works best in specific wether conditions. This allowed us to have a fluid agenda of places to visit to maximize our chances of getting the best photos even when weather conditions changes through the day.On top of all that, Dion is a real delightful person and a great company on trips. He always accomodates everyone's needs and makes the overall experience unforgetable.
Ioanna PapageorgiouIoanna Papageorgiou
12:13 30 Nov 23
A photo tour to the Lake District was a dream of mine since I first visited the area on my own 3 years ago. A UK Photo Tour in particular, as I had done a day tour with Dion before and really appreciated his knowledge and guidance. So, after an eye opening, thoroughly productive multi day (not only) astrophotography tour in Cornwall last summer, I was very happy to secure a place in his Lake District sessions this Autumn. And, oh boy, did they delivered! Dion knew where and when exactly to take us for the best possible shot, tirelessly providing expert advice, helping out in any way possible and a set of Kase filters ever available for anyone who wished to use it. And by taking us to one or two (no spoilers!) non widely known beauty spots, he gave us the opportunity to take some amazing, truly original photos. And if all this wasn't enough, the small group (only five of us) of like minded, photo loving people and the spacious, cosy cottage we stayed in at the heart of Keswick made this a thoroughly enjoyable, fun week, full of wonderful sights and treasured memories. Thank you Dion!
Sarah NesselerSarah Nesseler
15:12 23 Nov 23
Amazing tour on Skye and through the Highlands! Dion is a very patient and experienced guide, I have learnt so much about photography even if it was my third guided photography tour. He knows Scotland very well and could show us many places (sometimes unknown to most people). I will definitely book another tour with Dion.@Dion: what about the Dolomites?
Ridhima singhRidhima singh
13:30 24 Oct 23
Recent “Nightscapes in Norfolk” Photography Tour with Dion (UK Photo Tours Lead) was a truly wonderful and unforgettable experience. Dion's communication from the start was responsive and prompt. He was also very flexible with the itinerary and was willing to adapt it to everyone's needs and the weather. It was great to have someone as friendly and knowledgeable as him guiding us to the best photo opportunities in the area. Dion even had back-up plans in case the weather didn't cooperate. The tour was well-organized, with top-notch accommodation, transport, and familiarity of local eateries. After each day, Dion would review the photos we took to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.Overall, it was an exceptional experience. I highly recommend Dion and his company, and I'm already looking forward to my next trip with them!Thank you.
Michelle MerrittMichelle Merritt
18:45 04 Oct 23
I was fortunate enough to get the last spot on a trip with Dion to Horsey Gap, with a small group of people, all with very different levels of photography experience. I myself a complete beginner was excited to finally learn how to use my DSLR camera properly that I bought a few years ago!The trip did not disappoint, Dion was a great guide and coach, managing to help all the attendees at their various stages of learning and for the more proficient and experienced help capture better compositions. I found him to be very knowledgeable and patient and able to offer a variety of scenery and a lot of Sea Lions and their pups!!Dion was also able to let us use some amazing filters too, and gave the opportunity to go out on early morning sunrise and sunset shoots, this was not mandatory and you could choose to stay in the lovely accommodate that was provided if you did not want to get up early / go out later and join in.I chose to do everything and make the most of it all, which I am so glad I did. Obviously the weather is out of Dion’s control but he managed to find some super opportunities for us and share some secret spots he had found to shoot.All in all a wonderful experience with Dion that I would highly recommend. I have so many wonderful pictures from the tour! I would happily go again if I get the chance to!
Ian KeelerIan Keeler
10:24 07 Jun 23
Went on my first tour with Dion recently, The Wales Waterfall Tour. Excellent!! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Dion was extremely helpful, gave excellent advice and I learnt a lot.The group size was ideal, in as much that Dion was able to spend plenty of good quality time with each of us.Dion had and excellent array of equipment we were able to borrow, especially the filters that I was very grateful to be able to use.I will definitely being participating in future tours and day trips with Dion. Thoroughly recommended. Thank you Dion.
A HoA Ho
18:29 11 May 23
I had a wonderful experience with UK photo tours, the day trip was amazing, I learnt a lot and improved my photography taking wildlife photography, landscape and planes.I definitely recommend Dion as an excellent teacher and tour guide.I had a Fantastic time thank you.highly recommended, if you like a tour and learn more about photography this is your guy.Thanks again for the brilliant trip.
OlGA WarrenOlGA Warren
12:20 10 Apr 23
Great tour, excellent guide, hands on advice, all questions are answered. Highly recommended!
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