Welcome to the Scotland360° PhotoBlog

Welcome to the Scotland 360° Photoblog. Accounts of great trips out, with photography of some of Scotland's wild and scenic places are laid out below and on the linked pages. Enjoy the narrative and the images and I hope these inspire you.

The galleries on this page display the photographs of each of the days out. Either scroll through with your mouse or click on an image to enlarge it.

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Scotland360° High Mountain Phototour

26th and 27th May 2017 Mountaineering Photography
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May Bank Holiday weekend and a plan that had been several months in the making... Fliss, Viv and Rob had booked on a Scotland360° "High Mountain" photography weekend, with the aspiration to see and to photograph the sunset and the sunrise from a mountain top in North West Scotland.

Our luck was definitely in!. With sunset views and pastel colours over the Assynt hills and across the Minch; some six hours later the sun rose as a vivid ball of fire over Ben More Assynt. The blog post tells the story...

Panoramas and Paragliders

20th November 2016 Photography
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A wander up to Knockfarrel the other day, provided an oportunity to photograph a few panoramas including a "gigapixel" or high resolution of Ben Wyvis. The day was stunning but extremely cold and, having packed up the camera kits, a couple of guys with paragliders started to set up for a flight. Chatting to them, the wind wasn't ideal but their plan was to launch off Knockfarrel and head for Fodderty - a short flight given the wind conditions.

Stormy Seas at Tarbat Ness

5th November 2016 Photography
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Tarbat Ness - a great place to visit in almost any weather. The forecast for the day was sunny spells, showers and a bracing Force 4 to 5 so a morning trip was definitely in order.

Tarbat Ness has a number of distinctions. The meeting point of the Moray Firth and the Dornoch Firth, the lighthouse warns shipping of the headland. Built is 1830, the lighthouse is a Stevenson lighthouse and, at 53m high, is the third tallest lighthouse in the UK. Tarbat Ness also has the claim to being the driest place in Scotland, whilst just down the road, Inver is one of the few (the only?) east coast beach to face west.

A selection of photographs from the morning are presented below demonstrating the power of the sea and the quality of the light.

Butterflies and Botanics

12th October 2016 Photography
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School half term and a family holiday in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife saw us exploring a number of the local sights. One of the great finds for a particularly wet day was St Andrews Botanic Garden. Originally part of the University, the gardens are now run by a charitable trust and make for a great day out. The highlight for 2016 is the new "Tropical Butterfly Experience" in one of the glasshouses, where visitors can enjoy the interaction with tropical butterflies including Swallowtails, Moon moths, Tailed Jays, Zebra Wings and many others.

The collection of images below are a game of two halves. From the ornate Bird of Paradise flower, the temperate plants and the delicate colours and forms of butterflies, I also enjoyed the patterns and forms of nature in the cactus plants in the succulents glasshouse.

Enjoy the photographs - many of the butterfly images were captured on my smartphone as my SLR decided to steam up on entering the humidity of the Butterfly Experience!

Safety Cover for the Loch Gu Loch Swim / Run Event

1st October 2016 Photography, Sea Kayaking
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Loch Gu Loch is an endurance swimrun event now in its second year. Starting from Urquhart Castle, the swimmers cross Loch Ness at first light, heading for Fort Augustus via the south side of Loch Ness. With 13 swim sections totalling 8km of swimming and 47km of running in between, this is a real feat of endurance.

For the last few years I have been part of the safety team providing cover for swimmers for events such as this. Sea kayaks can provide close cover safety and this year I was stationed at Loch Duntelchaig and Loch Tarf.

The selection of photographs below were taken from my sea kayak and give a flavour of the event from the kayakers point of view!



Scotland360° and Skyak Adventures Sea Kayaking Photography Course, Isle of Skye

12th to 14th September 2016 Photography, Sea Kayaking
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"....Angus Mackie and Gordon Brown laid on calm reflective seas and warm sunshine as they taught us about kayaking photography. Superb days with lots of fun and learning. My gear is all dried and put away and I have now had a chance to reflect on our 3 days. I really enjoyed our time together and I felt I learnt a lot about photographing kayaking and scenery from a kayak. Angus and Gordon were such entertaining and instructive coaches and everyone was such good company. I think I will need to renew my acquaintance with Kyle Rhea sometime soon to see if I can master a low brace turn without requiring a snorkel! I am itching to to try some of Angus's suggested editing techniques and maybe even a stitched panorama...."

Richard Bott

Just one of the comments from this year's Scotland360° / Skyak Adventures sea kayaking photography course. To see more of the photography, discover some of the secrets behind successful photography from a sea kayak and enjoy the highlights from the three days, please read on....

SSSKEG and Scotland360° Sea Kayaking Photography Course

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This year saw the second Scotland360° sea kayaking photography course run for SSKEG, based at Benderloch and Appin. Building on the success of last year, this course was once again designed to allow everyone to produce great results from their cameras whilst sea kayaking and to get the best out of their own photography.

Continuing with the castles theme from 2015, I chose the wonderfully scenic venue of Castle Stalker in Port Appin which provided a focal point of interest as well as a landing spot on the neighbouring island. This allowed time on shore as well as in kayaks, to cover composition, lighting, action shots, technical use of the camera as well as making time to review the output.

Skyak Adventures and Scotland360° Sea Kayaking Photography Course

23rd and 24th April 2015Photography Courses, Sea Kayaking
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In April of this year, Skyak Adventures and Scotland360° ran our first sea kayaking photography course.

Sea kayaking offers great ways of accessing and exploring some of the most scenic coastlines and photographic locations in Scotland and our course offers a unique blend of practical instruction in photography both on and off the water, as well as tailored sea kayak coaching from Gordon Brown, the UK's foremost sea kayak coach.

No technical photography skills are required; this is a course for participants to learn to produce great results from their cameras whilst sea kayaking and to get the best out of their own photography.

Otter Spotting and Playing with Photography near Isle Ornsay

15th April 2015Sea Kayaking, Nature
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Following a week of concentration and working hard for our 4* sea kayak assessment, Tania and I still had a further week of holiday to enjoy, out on Skye. The weather had been windy and stormy at the start of the week but as it abated, we started to make some sea kayaking plans. It was time to relax and have some fun... The plan was to launch at Isle Ornsay and head over to the Sandaig Islands, the setting for Gavin Maxwell's "Ring of Bright Water". The sun was out and the day was dry, but the wind was still stronger than we would have liked.

360° Aerial Photography Panoramas now Published

January 2014Photography
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360° aerial panoramas have now come together very nicely. They have taken a while to figure out but the first examples are now posted and I'm very pleased with the results. The cold weather has reduced the useful battery life in the quadcopter down to around 5 minutes and so getting the photographs was a bit of a race against the clock!! Consequently I wasn't hovering as high as I might but I estimate that the quadopter was around 30m up in the air. Hopefully the warmer weather in the summer and better light will enable me to compile a number of dramatic examples from a higher altitude. Watch this space....

Panoramic Photography - From up in the Sky!!

September 2013Photography
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I have spent the last few months teaching myself how to fly a quadcopter. As anyone who has dabbled in this hobby will tell you, it's very addictive and there's a real sense of fun and satisfaction from steering a remote control "drone" and photographing the views from it. It's another example of how widely photography can be applied just with a little imagingation!!

Last Friday saw me on the local football pitch with quadcopter and point of view (POV) camera mounted from the fuselage. These cameras are fantastic bits of kit and should be part of every photographer's armoury. The ability to shoot video, stills and timelapse makes them particularly versatile.

I'll admit that the quadcopter is a bit of fun, but it's also opened the door to some otherwise unusual perspectives. It's heavy on batteries but high on enjoyment factor and so I'm still working out how to maximise the 8 or so minutes per battery for best photographic effect. Sending it high aloft is a particularly big drain on the battery but, as you will see, gives some great perspectives. This 360° panorama of my local village was obtained by stitching together a number of screen grabs from the onboard video.

Loch Maree and Red Point

30th September 2006Photography
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One of the largest freshwater lochs in Scotland, Loch Maree has over 65 islands, most of these wooded with indigenous Scots pine trees. As one of the approaches to Gairloch and the west coast, Loch Maree is an iconic tourist location. Further to the north and at the end of a small single track road, Red Point beach is a wonderfully secluded setting with a beach which looks westwards to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. With red - hued sand, and set against a stunning panoramic backdrop, this is surely one of the most picturesque beaches on the west coast of Scotland

Floors Castle

23rd September 2006Photography
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Floors Castle in Roxburghshire, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, is Scotland's largest inhabited Castle. With extensive grounds and a sunny autumn day, this was an opportunity to explore and photograph.

Culbin Sands

17th September 2006Photography
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Culbin Sands, or Bar Inbhir Èireann in Gaelic, is an expanse of coastline and forest on the Moray Coastline. Scenic sands and forest, rich in birdlife and with an amazing wartime history, this area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest which is definitely worth a visit!

Stob a' Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

9th September 2006Photography
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A series of photographs in the hills of Stob a' Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar with long views to Rannoch Moor and to the hills of Glencoe.

A Photographic Study of Castle Stalker

August 2006Photography,
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A photographic study of Castle Stalker and the Appin skerries.

The Stornoway Coastguard Emergency Services Open Day
(and how we cruised the Minch with the Coastguard)

24th to 25th June 2006Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team
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June 2006 and the Stornoway Coastguard Station hosted the 3rd annual Emergency Services Open Day.

With 28 organisations in attendance, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team was asked to participate in the day; a great opportunity for some publicity and to meet with some of the other agencies. Six of us set off on the morning Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ullapool over to Stornoway.

With no ferry back on the Sunday, the plan was to spend the night on board the Coastguard tug, the 'Anglian Prince', which would take us back to Ullapool the next day. Enjoying a barbecue in Stornoway that evening, we were informed by the local Coastguard that the Anglian Prince had been called out to assist the passage of a tanker through the Minch and we needed to return to the ship as soon as possible. Around midnight, we cast off and headed into the Minch enjoying the passage through the Minch in darkness. Around 02:00 it was time to retire to our cabins. Awaking at 06:30, we realised just where we were....

About Scotland360°

Welcome to the Scotland360° website from Angus Mackie.

Featuring web based, interactive images and video of Scotland and the Scottish outdoors, there are several key themes running through the site.

Scottish mountain photography, sea kayaking photography around Scotland's beautiful and varied coastline, Scottish landscapes and iconic locations in Scotland are all showcased within the website.

Compiled from images taken over the last 35 years of living, working and exploring in the Highlands, this website is a resource, a shop window and a travelogue featuring Scotland as I know and enjoy it. I hope my photography inspires you to enjoy the land and the locations as much as I do.

My Online galleries

I also exhibit my images on other online galleries and the links to these are provided below:

Contact Angus

If you have any questions or comments, please either email me at the address below or use the form on the left to make contact. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Thank you

Angus Mackie

The Black Isle, Scottish Highlands
07780 787034
angus@scotland360.co.uk

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