Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and the surrounding areas are some of the most photogenic and stunning winter scenery anywhere in the UK. The A82 runs straight through Rannoch Moor which at over 1,000ft in elevation, often has some of the most dramatic and atmospheric weather in the area – Rannoch Moor is where I was fortunate to capture quite a rare weather phenomenon called a fogbow. The main locations of interest include Buachaille Etive Mòr and Stob Dearg, the iconic waterfalls of the River Coupall and Cauldron Falls as well as the truly mesmorising twelve mile road of Glen Etive which not only has gorgeous mountains that line the road, but also the beautiful Lochan Urr, a lovely little loch before you arrive at Loch Etive itself. You will more than likely see herds of stags and deer along this road too. James Bond’s Skyfall had a scene filmed here with both Daniel Craig and Judy Dench on location.
There are several stunning lochs to photograph including Lochan na h-Achlaise, Ba, Achtriochtan, Linnhe, Leven and not forgetting Glencoe Lochan itself. These are wonderful places to visit first thing in the morning or at sunset to capture the last throws of light. They offer beautiful reflections of the surroundings munros. For something a little different, Castle Stalker awaits us at Appin. This wonderful little castle was made famous in the Monty Python film The Holy Grail and is surrounded by the tidal loch of Linnhe as well as being situated on its own tiny island, Castle Stalker looks stunning when set against a fiery sunset sky.
Then there are the beautiful white bothies of Lagangarbh Hut and of course the world famous Blackrock Cottage which is located at the foot of the Glencoe Mountain Resort ski centre. Blackrock Cottage is owned by the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club and you can only stay there if you’re a member of a mountaineering club. Another truly breathtaking location is the ridge of Bidean nam Bian which includes the famous Three Sisters munro range. The Three Sisters are three peaks that extend over 3,500ft in height and dominate the glen down into Glencoe itself. Quite often snow covered in the months of winter and spring, these munros offer the landscape photographer one of the most beautiful views anywhere in the UK.
Glencoe is a landscape photographer’s paradise and has remained so for many, many years and shall continue to do so. I have been running landscape photography workshops in Glencoe for several years now and if you would like to experience it for yourself, come and join me. You will not be disappointed, that I promise you.