Scottish Highlands Photoshoots

Ben Nevis – The North Face
Ben Nevis North Face

Ben Nevis – The North Face

In 1981 I moved to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, at the very foot of Ben Nevis, and I lived there for six years. During this time I came to know the mountain's many moods and frequently climbed it by a variety of routes. Like so many other climbers before me, it was the north face of Ben Nevis…

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Glen Garry
Glen Garry, Scottish Highlands

Glen Garry

This is a version of the classic image captured from the viewpoint overlooking Loch Garry with the view towards the snow capped mountains of Glen Quoich and Knoydart. Over the years the conifers in the foreground of this shot, when taken from the roadside, have begun to encroach upon the composition, so I now work from a location some 30…

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Loch Torridon Sunrise
Loch Torridon Sunrise

Loch Torridon Sunrise

My image of Loch Torridon Sunrise epitomises everything that I love about the Scottish Highlands. The landscape has a grandeur that is unrivalled anywhere else in the country, and, in particular, the tall monolithic mountains of Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe rise up evocatively out of a rich tapestry of moorland and loch forming secretive glens and magnificent corrie…

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Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment
Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment

Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment

Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment is probably the most significant image that I ever captured. It was through the sale of this particular image that the idea to launch my business, Mountain Images, was born. Ben Nevis totally dominates Fort William, the West Highland town to which I moved during January 1981. My first full winter season there, that of…

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Sunset over Skye
Sunset Over Skye

Sunset over Skye

I am always watchful of changing weather patterns and at this time of year a developing high pressure over Scandinavia will often provide an interesting sunset over Skye and the west coast of Scotland. There is no guarantee that this will always be the case as such a high pressure system can also produce flat grey cloud that barely moves…

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Glen Loyne Shower Clouds
Glen Loyne Shower Clouds

Glen Loyne Shower Clouds

Glen Loyne Shower Clouds is an image that I could probably have captured many times before. I am a frequent visitor to this stunning location, and the view rarely disappoints. One is profoundly aware of the vast emptiness that lies beyond the lonely glen and loch that stretches deep into the wilderness that is Knoydart. It is the very character…

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Loch Garry Sunset
Loch Garry Sunset

Loch Garry Sunset

Loch Garry Sunset was one of a series of images that I captured over a period of some twenty minutes or more as the sun disappeared over the horizon - in this case at almost that precise moment. This is a very popular and visited viewpoint, being immediately visible and accessible from the main road to the Isle of Skye…

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Loch Duich Sunset
Loch Duich Sunset

Loch Duich Sunset

I hold firmly in the belief that Loch Duich is one of the most magnificent lochs in all of the Highlands. Stretching out to sea from its eastern shores in Glen Shiel, it is surrounded on all sides by stunning mountains including the famous Five Sisters of Kintail. From the point where it is joined by Loch Long near Dornie,…

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Glencoe Autumn Sunrise
Glencoe Sunrise

Glencoe Autumn Sunrise

Glencoe Autumn Sunrise was a shot that I had attempted two years earlier, planned well in advance by calculation of the sun's azimuth and altitude when seen from this location, so it was just a matter of patience - and good fortune - that the right conditions would prevail during the window of opportunity that I had identified. This is…

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Rannoch Moor Moonset and Sunrise
Rannoch Moor Moonset and Sunrise

Rannoch Moor Moonset and Sunrise

Rannoch Moor Sunrise was an image that I probably would not have taken had the choice of location had been in my control on this particular morning. I have been here many, many times before and the number of other photographers all lined up alongside the Loch na h'Achlaise was due testament to its now over-popularity. If I have a…

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