If you plan to visit Scotland there are many iconic landscapes and castles to visit. My photography from Eilean Doonan castle, Devils pulpit, Glencoe, Bow Fiddle rock, Culzean Castle, Edinburgh, Arthurs Seat, Loch Lomond, milarrochy bay, Turnberry Lighthouse, Greenan Castle, Dunure Castle, Etive Mor, Isle of Skye, Trotternish ridge, Fairy Pools in the Scottish Highlands.
Location Devils Pulpit Address: A809, Dumgoyne, Glasgow Postcode G63 9QL
Finnich Glen in Stirlingshire, is a short, steep glen up to 70 ft deep which runs east from Finnich Bridge on the A809. It was carved from the red sandstone by the Carnock Burn.
It features a circular rock known as the Devil’s Pulpit and a steep staircase knows as the Devil’s Steps, build around 1860.
The Devil’s Pulpit is a a short 70ft steep Glen near Drymen. Although many consider it a ‘hidden gem’, it’s really easy to get to and can easily be done on a boring Sunday afternoon. Why not get out and about, explore?!
The Devil’s Pulpit is not only great for a little walk/exploration, but it also holds a bit of Scottish history and culture. Legend has it that it was the meeting place of the ancient Druids and somewhere where Satan himself preached to the monks.
The truth forcing spring scenes in episode 6 of Outlander were filmed at Finnich Glen, The Devil’s Pulpit.
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Along the west coast of Scotland near the town of Ayr is Dunure Castle. A very scenic part of Scotland often overlooked in favour of the highlands of Scotland. The site dates back to the 13th century but the castle was built around the 15th century.
A few years ago Falkirk would not be on your list of places to visit as a photographer but over the last few years a couple of attractions have popped up in Falkirk that definitely make it a place to stop by with the camera.
The artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpie sculptures completed in October 2013. At the time these were not going to be permanent fixtures but in the first year some 1 million visitors came to the site and they ended up building a park around the sculptures so I would presume they are now staying. Ive seen photos that have lasers going out of the sculptures at night but when I last visited they just change colour. Maybe the laser show is just on at certain times?
Very close by to the Helix park were the Kelpie sculptures are you will also find the Falkirk wheel. A rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. A very interesting engineering feat and illuminated with neons at night that make for interesting night photography.
If you plan to visit to photograph I would recommend the night as being the best time, they turn the lights of the Kelpies at midnight and when I spoke to a lady in the cafe at the Falkirk wheel she said the lights on the wheel were on a dusk to dawn sensor.
Location Coordinates Kelpies Helix Park : 56.0191°N 3.7553°W
Location Coordinates Falkirk Wheel : 56°0′1″N 3°50′30″W
Devils Pulpit in Stirling just North of Glasgow is an interesting place to photography. It’s a 100 feet deep gorge and the water looks like it runs red, I think this to something to do with the rock formation there as the water picks it up and gives the look as it’s running a very dark red.
I’ve visited a couple of times now and to get the best shots you really need to wade up through the river. So I would recommend some waders or swimming shoes as the ground is pretty rocky.
There is a large stone set in the middle which is the pulpit which rumour has it was used for sacrificing upon.. animals or people I don’t know, truth or rumour I don’t know.
There is easy parking on the road Drymen on the A809 very close to the small bridge and path that leads to the Devils Pulpit and if your going to photograph the location don’t worry about sunset and sunrise as you are set down within the gorge you won’t benefit from the light. Best time is during the day so it is bright I would recommend an ND filter to slow your shutter speeds down to get some nice flowing long exposure water effects but failing that a small aperture i.e. f22 and lowest ISO would be the way to go.
The location has been used in some TV programmes its a little tricky to get down to the river as its a very steep drop down and some makeshift stairs and rope have been placed there which does help. Sometimes it does get busy here so I would best avoid weekends if the sun is shinning. But well worth a visit.
Devils Pulpit Finnich Glen Location 56.033850, -4.414297