Scotland in Pictures: 20 Beautiful Places to Photograph

Written by Bryan Dearsley
Feb 8, 2020

Thanks in part to hit TV shows like Outlander and movies such as the Harry Potter series, Scotland has become a hot commodity when it comes to tourism. Little wonder, really. As anyone who has seen these or other blockbusters filmed in Scotland knows, it's one very beautiful - and romantic - country.

Thanks to advances in photography and video technology, even the least expensive camera or smart phone can help amateurs capture remarkable images of their Scottish vacation, and it certainly helps when the scenery they're shooting is as breathtaking as that found across bonnie Scotland.

Whether you're looking for places to take an award-winning travel photo or simply a great spot for a selfie, be sure to review our list of the most beautiful places to photograph in Scotland.

1. Kilchurn Castle, Dalmally

Kilchurn Castle

With hundreds of examples from which to choose, there's certainly no shortage of great locations to capture a memorable castle photograph. Shown here is Kilchurn Castle, perched on the shores of beautiful Loch Awe in Dalmally.

2. Glencoe, Lochaber

Sunrise at Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, Scotland

Famous as one of the most picturesque valleys in all of Scotland, Glencoe - also known as Glen Coe - is home to some of the most quintessential of Highland scenery. Here, you'll find everything from quaint thatched cottages to rushing waterfalls, mountain peaks, and native wildlife, just waiting to be photographed.

3. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire

Jacobite steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Made famous by its role in the Harry Potter movies, a train ride aboard the famous Jacobite steam train over the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct is considered one of the world's top rail journeys. For many, however, the best photos are taken of the train, rather than from the train, as it passes along this stunning curved viaduct.

4. Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie

Eilean Donan Castle

Thanks to its location at the point where three sea lochs meet, there are no shortage of vantage points from which to grab a fine photo of Eilean Donan Castle. As you can see from this image, the use of drone photography creates an even more dramatic view.

5. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Situated at the opposite end of Princes Street from Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill offers some of the most pleasing views over the city. It's a delightful area to explore on foot, camera in hand, as you explore its many monuments.

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6. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Ross Fountain and Edinburgh Castle

At the east end of Princes Street stands Scotland's most famous fortress: Edinburgh Castle. This is one of Scotland's top tourist attractions. After exploring the castle, spend a little time wandering the surrounding streets for great photo ops, such as this one taken from Princes Street Gardens.

7. Trossachs, Stirling

Highland cow in the Trossachs

Nothing says, "I've been to Scotland!" quite like a photo of a Highland cow. While these fascinating creatures can be seen roaming across glens throughout the country, locations such as the Trossachs near Stirling are relatively easy to get to from Edinburgh and Glasgow and, with the addition of a mountainous backdrop, make a great keepsake of your Scottish vacation.

8. Iona, Hebrides

Sand dunes at North Beach on the island of Iona

The island of Iona offers plenty of fun things to do for travelers and no end of great photo ops. A favorite spot for a photograph are the sand dunes of North Beach, just one of many superb beaches to be explored in Scotland.

9. Neist Point, Isle of Skye

Neist Point Lighthouse

Another great island destination to explore and photograph is the Isle of Skye. Accessible via a bridge from the mainland, be sure to include a visit to Neist Point for a dramatic photo, like this one of the old lighthouse, one of 12 still operating on the island.

10. Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

The stunning views over Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness, as seen in this photo, are considered some of the most romantic in all of Scotland. And hey, you might even see the loch's famous monster.

11. Loch Lomond

Lone tree reflected in Loch Lomond at sunset

Not only is Loch Lomond one of Scotland's most picturesque lakes, it's also one of the easiest to get to thanks to its proximity to Glasgow. In addition to a camera, take your hiking boots, as Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park features numerous great trails.

12. John O'Groats, Caithness

Colorful homes in John O'Groats

Famous as the British mainland's most northerly point, John O'Groats is well worth visiting. In addition to its rugged coastline, you'll find many interesting old homes and buildings to photograph in the area, along with this quaint fishing port.

13. The Kelpies, Falkirk

The Kelpies in Falkirk

One of the newest tourist attractions in Scotland, the famous Kelpies in Falkirk are also the most photographed sculptures in the country. Here, these mythical shape-shifting water spirits resemble horses and stand 30 meters above the Forth and Clyde Canal.

14. Forth Bridge, Firth of Forth

Forth Bridge at dawn

Another famous rail journey in Scotland crosses the spectacular Forth Bridge, shown here illuminated at night. It was built in 1890 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to disembark at North Queensferry for some great shots over the estuary.

15. Isle of Arran

The village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran

Billed as "Scotland in Miniature" for its abundance of natural beauty, the Isle of Arran is an easy ferry ride from Glasgow. You can visit it on a day trip from Glasgow. Pictured here is the small village of Lochranza on the island's north side.

16. North Coast 500, Highlands

Road leading through Glen Docherty towards Loch Maree

Starting and finishing in the attractive town of Inverness, the superb North Coast 500 tourist route takes in much of the best scenery in the Scottish Highlands. Pictured here is the view from the road leading through Glen Docherty towards Loch Maree.

17. Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Consisting of meandering old streets and alleys, the picturesque Royal Mile links Edinburgh castle to the oldest part of the city and offers plenty of great streetscapes and attractions to photograph.

18. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle

Few fortresses anywhere in the world can match the rugged beauty of Dunnottar Castle. Perched high above the North Sea in Aberdeenshire, it's a scene right out of Hollywood.

19. Ben Nevis, Lochaber

Snowcapped Ben Nevis

Easy to get to from the resort town of Fort William, Ben Nevis has the distinction of being, at 1,345 meters, Britain's tallest mountain. While it's accessible by hiking trails, you may want to consider joining a guided tour to ensure a safe ascent.

20. The Old Course, St. Andrews

Swilcan Bridge at the Old Course, St. Andrews

Ok, so this one's for the golfers out there. St. Andrews Old Course is the Holy Grail for fanatics of the sport and is famous as the world's oldest golf course. Here, the photographer has perfectly captured the attraction's famous Swilcan Bridge.

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