Scottish Islands Panoramic Photography

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer and often the supreme disappointment.” — Ansel Adams

Scottish Islands are just made for panoramic photography. Long distance views, close up perspectives, wide sweeping beaches and contrasts in every direction. Storms and tranquility in equal measure....

I love islnds and have been exploring them for over 40 years, often with time to enjoy photography and to enjoy time taking photographs.

Sutherland coastline

Above the Crowlin Islands - Applecross

Setting out from Applecross, the plan was to head for the Crowlin Islands and follow the classic sea kayaking journey through the north / south channel, also known as the "eye of the needle" from the Gaelic translation.

With my drone in the back hatch, a short stop at the northern end of the channel allowed for an aerial panorama down the channel, taking in the view towards Skye.

The eye of the needle

Pan left to Uags Bay in Applecross, then towards Plockton in the far distance. Eilean Mor, the Crowlin Harbour in the channel and Eilean Meadhanach comprise the view over the Crowlins with Beinn na Caillich and Beinn Dearg Mor, on Skye, visible in the far distance.

Read the blog post for this trip and enjoy the sea kayaking photography.

Mellon Udrigle Beach - Wester Ross

Mellon Udrigle Beach, Wester Ross, Panorama

A late summer evening on the beach at Mellon Udrigle.

Priest Island and the Summer Isles are a few miles offshore with the Sutherland hills in the far distance. From left to right - Quinag, Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, and Ben More Coigach. To the far right sits Ben Gobhlach.

360° Aerial Panorama - Hougharry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

The aerial view at Balranald in North Uist which starts looking towards Hougharry from Traigh nam Faoghailean. Pan around to see Balranald Campsite and views across the machair. Look south towards Benbecula and see if you can spot the Monach Islands and the lighthouse, one of the many Stevenson lighthouses in Scotland. Eilean Hasgeir and the rugged Heisgeir Eagach are also in view, particularly if you go full screen and zoom in.

Balranald Campsite is a great base for North Uist and you'll find more information on the Balranald Hebridean Holidays website.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

360° Aerial Panorama - Island of Scalpay, The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

An aerial view looking across to the island of Scalpay sitting to the east of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. This full 360° aerial panorama has a wealth of detail. Spot the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry entering Loch Tarbert and look back onto Skye in the far distance. Scroll, pan and zoom to enjoy the beauty of the Outer Hebrides.

Use the "Fullscreen" icon in the embedded frame above to explore the panoramam in more detail.

Any visit to the Outer Hebrides should take in Scalpay and more information can be found here.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

Bloodstone Hill - Isle of Rum

Bloodstone Hill, Rum, mountains, Panorama

The view to Fionchra and Orval from the summit of Bloodstone Hill.

A superb camp on the summit of Bloodstone Hill on the Isle of Rum afforded great views on to the surrounding hills the next morning. With the mist rolling off the summits and into the glens below, this was a unique opportunity to enjoy the more remote side of Rum.

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