Glencoe and the beautiful Assynt
I am sure that any landscape photographer that is prepared to travel will have Glencoe on their radar. For me it was one of them bucket list locations I had always wanted to visit. I had seen so many wonderful images of the Buachaille Etive Mòr and photos from Glen Etive that it was a must.
Well finally this February I took a week off work and travelled up to Scotland with my good friend Gary Gough who at the time was running a workshop in Glencoe.
Inclement weather to say the least
Spent Sunday through to Wednesday staying in a POD at a campsite called Invercoe Caravan & camping park. We arrived in rain which soon turned to snow, and it snowed…BIG TIME. Wonderful sight to see the snow ploughs none stop patrolling the A82 through the Glencoe Valley. Now as excited as I was to be able to grab some fantastic snow photographs, it also had its issues. Everything we photographed was a white out. It made exposing your photos slightly more challenging and you had to over expose your images by approx one to two stops of light. Another issues was that the snow was constantly falling so I was finding my lenses and my filters getting covered in snow and water so it was a case of constantly wiping your lenses.
One of the first locations we visited was Glencoe Lochan, a small Loch not far from our campsite. Lovely location and I can imaging come spring it will be amazing with reflections.
Then we moved on to the Kingshouse hotel. Here there were wild deer roaming around the car park, great photo opportunity for some close ups. Also a short walk gave us a great view of the snow covered hills with a small river as foreground interest.
Glen Etive and the Buachaille Etive Mor
The Buachaille is probably the most popular photo to capture when in Glencoe, and you can see why. It is situated in Glen Etive which is a valley that goes on for miles with just so much natural beauty it’s hard to even describe. Unfortunately when we visited here the snow had stopped and rain came down, and it was relentless. Nevertheless we did our best and just to actually be there was wonderful. The James Bond film Skyfall was filmed on location in Glen Etive.
Other locations we visited whilst at Glencoe was the Corpach wreck at Fort William, again badgered by heavy rain it was a difficult shoot.
Assynt and its beauty
It had been over a 4 hour drive from Morecambe to Glencoe, then another 3 hour drive up to our new home for the next four days to a place called Leckhelm, just outside Ullapool. We stayed at a lovely cottage right on the bank of Loch Broom, called Leckmelm holiday cottages. From here we travelled out everyday further up north visiting some amazing locations. Ardvreck castle, Clachtoll Beach, Widow falls, Stac Pollaidh and a few lighthouses. Again the weather was against us most of the time. Windy and rainy was an understatement. Gary had finished the photography course at Glencoe but was on with one of his Youtube videos for his channel.
I have visited the Isle of Skye a few times and thought nothing would come close to matching it but I was blown away with Assynt. In better weather i can imagine this place to be a goldmine for photographers. Definitely on my return list again, hopefully with better weather. Ironically I probably got one of the best photos from the whole week as i was just leaving Assynt early Sunday morning, the weather had calmed and we had a sunrise. Typical 🙂
Check out the gallery below for all my favourite images from Assynt and Glencoe