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Isle of Skye best photography locations map

The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a wonderful location for photography with it’s natural beauty, vast open space, rugged landscapes and abundance of waterfalls. This is our version of Iceland.. you might even catch some northern lights during winter. You could spend many weeks on Skye exploring all the areas but if you only have a few days here these are the top 4 locations to photograph. Be warned it does get very busy as plenty of tourists flock to the Isle of Skye most of whom are photographers as well.

Isle of skye best photo locations map
Isle of skye best photo locations map

Bring plenty of warm clothes and waterproof clothing, if you visit in the summer months expect rain and if you visit during the winter expect rain 🙂 Best way to get to Skye is by car crossing at the Skye bridge near the Kyle Of Lochalsh.

Skye is extremely remote don’t expect much in the way of shops or late night entertainment. My car broke down previously on Skye, snapped alternator belt. This had to be ordered in by a local garage from the mainland.. you won’t find a Halfords on Skye.

Hotels and B&B’s are expensive but also they tend to be fully booked as there are many tourists that visit Skye and not so many hotels. I would recommend staying at one of the campsites or free camping, the two campsites I know on Skye are Sligachan campsite IV47 8SW Tel: 01478 650204 and Staffin campsite IV51 9JX Tel: 01470 562213. I’ve stayed at the Sligachan campsite which was £7.50 per night/person. Check in advance as they may not be open during winter.

Quiraing – Location coordinates 57.62821, -6.29095

Also at Quiraing you have Trotternish Ridge which is to the right of my photo below. Quiraing is best photographed at sunrise. Car parking is a few minutes from location.

Quiraing Isle of Skye
Quiraing Isle of Skye

Old man of Storr – Location coordinates 57.49761, -6.15923

I would say the most iconic photo location from Skye. You park at the car park at the bottom of the hill and it’s a good 1h30m walk to the top where you get the best photo. It’s an uphill walk so bring a bottle of water with you. I would suggest doing this one late in the afternoon for sunset. You don’t really want to be going up here in the full sun. The sun will likely be behind the mountain at sunset but you should still get a nice light as the sun sets.

Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye
Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye

Sligachan – Location coordinates 57.28881, -6.18431

At Sligachan you have the old bridge set against the backdrop of the Cullin mountains. The Cullin mountains are also worth an explore as you will find some nice waterfalls and landscapes. The Sligachan campsite is also here, plus a pub 🙂

Sligachan Skye
Sligachan Skye

The Fairy Pools – Location coordinates 57.25034, -6.27268

This is a little off the beaten track as you need to drive a long a dirt country road to get to the parking at the bottom and then its a a good 40 minute walk up to the top of the fairy pools, just follow the signs and the tourists. Best time is after a few days of heavy rain as the waterfalls will be flowing much faster, not a sunset or sunrise location but if you do this during the day will be very busy with tourists. Winter would look great if you can drive the small road here.

Fairy Pool Isle of Skye
Fairy Pool Isle of Skye

Cuillins Isle of Skye Waterfall

On my last night on the Isle of Skye on my trip last weekend I stayed at the campsite at Sligachan and met up with some buddies from Facebook who where also staying there. We got up early to do a sunrise shoot at Quiraing and then later in the day they took me to a couple of waterfalls near the campsite by the Cuillins.

This is photo from the second waterfall we went to, quite hard to find without a guide. Photo taken with the Sony A7R, three exposures bracketed and edited in Photoshop.

Cuillins Isle of Skye Waterfall
Cuillins Isle of Skye Waterfall

The road to Quiraing Isle of Skye

I recently got back from a road trip to and around the Isle of Skye. This is my second visit to Skye and first time the weather was horrendous. First time we visited The old Man of Stor but the weather was so foggy that never gone any good shots. This time however could not of asked for better weather it was baking, proper t-shirt and shorts weather.

However as with all good road trips did not go quite to plan as on my first night in Skye ran into car problems up at Quiraing. I took the dirt track road that runs West to East of Skye to Quiraing and ended up with a snapped alternator belt. There really is nothing shop wise in Skye and you soon realise how remote Skye is when you need something they don’t have on the island. I managed to get my car to a local garage in Portree the following day but as it was Saturday would be the Monday before they could get a new belt for me. Fortunately I was able to hire a cheap runaround car from the local garage and have a couple of extra days in Skye whilst waiting for my car to get back on the road.

All in all, a good trip was able to shoot and fly my DJI Phantom drone over some good locations Quiraing, The Old Man of Stor, Fairy Pools, Sligachan and on the way up Etive Mor and Eilean Donan Castle. Only slight downside was due to the extremely nice weather the Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle where not as impressive as they look after a few days of good heavy rain. Also I got to meet up with a few Facebook buddies at the end of the trip and we went out for a sunrise at Quiraing which turned out to be a rather impressive sunrise.

The road to Quiraing Isle of Skye
The road to Quiraing Isle of Skye

Buachaille Etive Mor DJI Phantom 3 Drone

I recently visited Buachaille Etive Mor with my camera and drone, was quite an overcast day and started shooting a bit late and really did not catch the drone footage I was after as a result.. but never mind I still got some cracking stills to play with and will return again soon to try and get some better video from my drone.

This is a still from the DJI phantom 3 standard a single RAW with some touch up in Photoshop.

Buachaille Etive Mor DJI
Buachaille Etive Mor DJI

Culzean Castle Ayrshire DJI Phantom 3 Standard

I picked up a new DJI phantom 3 Standard after my flyaway a few months ago, this time I have stickers and my phone number on the drone and added a TK-102 GPS tracking device to the drone.

Culzean Castle DJI
Culzean Castle DJI

I took the drone for an outing at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire a few miles from our home.

Culzean Beach
Culzean Beach

Sunset was not fantastic but still a nice silent calm in the air. I took some stills at put some of the footage together for a wee video of the Scottish coastline along Ayrshire.

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