A Fairytale Feeling In The Scottish Highlands

Lochside, Loch Leven, Scotland

We followed this grassy path around Loch Leven to see a stunning view of the sun setting behind the mountains in the distance. It was a lovely little walk, and completely unexpected. Don’t you find that those are the best moments? The ones we’re not expecting.

The landscape looks a bit mystical to me, it has a fairytale-like quality. But I can’t quite put my finger on why! The colours throughout our trip to Scotland were just incredible. I couldn’t get enough of the yellows, browns and oranges that seemed to be in every direction.

I’ve just finished reading through Scotland’s Mountains, a landscape photography book by Joe Cornish, and it’s made me eager to explore further west and north into the highlands. Especially the areas around the Isle of Skye which we didn’t make it to on our first visit.

On a very different subject, I’m keen to try out Photomatix some time this week. I’ve gathered that you can use it to create an HDR image from a single RAW exposure. So I’m interested to experiment and see what the results look like. If you have any tips please let me know!

Have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands? Which were your favourite spots? What’s the most colourful landscape you’ve seen? I’d love to hear from you!

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10 thoughts on “A Fairytale Feeling In The Scottish Highlands

  1. janikaberridge

    That feeling is shared by many, myself included! I was in Scotland at the end of August/beginning of September of last year and did a 3 day tour of the highlands – definitely not enough time for that place. Like you said, it’s like being in a fairytale. Glen Coe was one of the most amazing landscapes I’d ever seen. The areas around the Eilean Donan Castle and toward the Castle Moil on the Isle of Skye were definitely filled with color, even on a dull and rainy day.


    1. Ben Post author

      We were travelling around the highlands for 5 days, and that was also nowhere near enough time! So I completely understand your desire to return. Eilean Donan Castle is high on my list of places I’d love to photograph next time I visit. Thanks for sharing your post, it’s great to see enthusiasm for Scotland!

      1. janikaberridge

        And thanks for sharing yours! I cannot speak enough about that place – it’s stunning. I look forward to reading about your future adventures in Scotland. Yes, the highlights are pretty much everywhere. There were so many times I wanted to jump out of the bus. Next time :]

  2. Suze

    Love the picture! I got photomatix in July right after my first dslr. Turned out that the lightroom pictures were much clearer and crisp than the ones in photomatix.

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks for the warning Suze, I’ll have to look out for that. I expect I’ll be right back into Lightroom. But it might be good to experiment with something new especially as I think you can use it for free if you don’t mind them watermarking your images. I’m certainly not planning to buy it yet!

  3. suej

    Great images, Ben. I had a great trip to the Highlands and Islands of the Outer Hebrides a decade ago…. the light can be stunning. I definitely recommend a visit to Skye

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sue, sounds like a fantastic trip. I’d like to make it back this year, but I think 2015 is more likely. Whenever it is, I’m certainly looking forward to it!


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