Scotland is known for its beautiful scenery and photogenicity throughout the year – but Winter brings new opportunities. Dusky moors, frostbitten glens and crisp air allow Scotland to boast scenes unlike any other.
With snow-covered mountaintops and the sun splitting the sky, it wouldn’t be impossible to capture all four seasons in a single photograph. We decided to compile some beautiful spots for all the budding photographers, or for those that just enjoy the stunning views in the moment.
Often regarded as the most beautiful drive in Scotland, the looping road to Applecross breaks through the mountains and offers views as far as the eye can see. A stunning place to visit throughout the year.
Scotland’s long and dark winter nights allow sightseers the chance to take in the Northern Lights. While there are a number of northerly places to view the aurora, we recommend Applecross. Not only for the potential striking night views, but for the beautiful daytime scenery to take in as well.
It is impossible to create a list of photogenic spots in Scotland and not make reference to Glencoe. The sprawling heather and the distant mountains make it a very popular spot for tourists to pull over and enjoy on their journey.
The added benefit in winter is the opportunity to spot the free-roaming wildlife against the white backdrop. Red and roe deer are rampant, while you may even catch buzzards and ravens overhead. Bring the binoculars in case you strike gold – catching sight of the golden eagle!
The great Rannoch Moor is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. An enormous stretch of land populated with various rivers, bodies of water and bogs. Set against a mountainous backdrop, it can make for some stunning photography opportunities in winter.
The area also boasts stunning walks, climbs and cycling routes throughout the year. Park up in Kinloch Rannoch, a nearby village, or travel via the West Highland Railway which cuts directly through the area.
For fans of beautiful scenery and winter sports, Aviemore may be the perfect choice. A popular place to visit throughout the year, the area comes especially alive in winter. Whether you are a fan of skiing, snowboarding or winter trails, you will find it here.
There is also the option to take in some more seasonal wildlife in Aviemore. With the reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd and the highland cows in the Rothiemurchus Highland Estate, you can do a Scottish safari this winter.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Sitting in the heart of Scotland, this national park makes a straightforward visit from all corners of the country. The park consists of four specific areas: Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Breadalbane and Cowal. Each area has its own distinctive beauty.
If you stray from the beaten track, you will find some stunning walks through woodland areas. This poses a perfect opportunity to try and snap some pics of those more elusive animals, such as the native red squirrel. If harsh terrains are not an option, there are still the “bonny, bonny banks” of the roadside lochs. Again, the camera may come in handy if you are keeping an eye out for otters scampering around the edges.
With a stark monument standing in the middle of nowhere, our final recommendation takes you back up to the north of the mainland. Just outside the small town of Alness you will find the Fyrish Monument. Another popular spot for photographers, the attraction has been standing since 1782 when it was built during the ‘Highland Clearances’.
Not only does this area home the monument, but the walk leading up to it also provides multiple opportunities for sightseeing and photography. The ‘jubilee path’ features a wooded path and small lochans to stop and take some respite. Once you reach the summit, you are rewarded with stunning views across the entire area. Perfect on a crisp, winter morning!
It is the UK’s Road Safety Week at the time of writing and, as we enter the winter months, we want to highlight the importance of remaining safe on the roads. The Scottish Highlands is home to some beautiful scenery, but also to some less than beautiful roads. Take your time and be cautious, especially in a larger vehicle.
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