Above Culbokie on the Black Isle, the sun sets over the Strathconon hills

Scotland360° Black Isle Panoramic Photography

Back in 2009, I started to develop a serious interest in panoramic photography based on winning a commission from the BBC for the supply of 360° panoramic photographs from the summits of mountains.

This was an extremely early foray into panoramic photography, both for me and I suspect also for the BBC who commissioned the project. I was one of a team of photographers for a project called MunroScape and the idea was to develop a virtual tour of the summits of Scottish Munros.

Having been commissioned I was now on a steep learning curve. I had just moved to the Black Isle, so started to put my plans for the hills in place.

Looking towards Cromarty from Balblair Point


However, the interest in panoramic photography more generally has continued to grow and in a further development, I won a contract with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to tutor 360° photography.

So - many years later and looking at the panoramic photography from the early days through to the present, I realise that I have taken many panoramic photographs within the Black Isle and this seemed a great opportunity to bring them all together.

The compilation below is a complete mixture of wide angle panoramas, 360° panoramas, aerial panoramas, high resolution and low resolution. Some of the work has been extremely experimental as I’ve been developing ideas.

The one thing that all the images on this page share is that they are taken within the boundaries of the Black Isle. It’s a beautiful part of Scotland; perhaps different to the traditional view of the Highlands, with a typical east coast climate, bounded by coastline from Kessock to Cromarty to Conon and with lots of interesting features to explore.

There is a grand plan to bring all the imagery together into a particular project, but that’s still work in progress meantime. When I’m ready to reveal more, I will.

Click on any of the photographs below and a new window will open displaying the panorama as a high resolution, interactive view. Having opened the panoramic image, use the controls to pan, zoom and navigate. Right clicking 360° panoramas will allow viewing in differing perspectives.

If you have enjoyed the selection of Panoramic Images on this page, then please feel free to share:

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Culbokie from the air

A new take on a previous photograph. I have been developing aerial panoramas for the last four years and this is a retake of one of my earlier aerial panoramas from January 2014. Hardware, software and techniques have moved on considerably during that time, allowing for some great developments.

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Winter light at Avoch Harbour

Photographed in early December with the late afternoon light at Avoch Harbour, this 360° panorama starts by looks out across the Moray Firth towards Ormond Hill. Rotating the panorama reveals the masts on the pier and the backdrop of the houses along the main road at Avoch.

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Autumn sunset over the Cromarty Firth

Photographed from high up above Culbokie on the Black Isle, the sun sets over the Strathconon hills with the sunset colours radiating out over Ben Wyvis, the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle fields.

This is one of my favourite local views, photographed using my drone from an aerial perspective. The advantage of height, an unobstructed view and the ability to stitch several images together allows for composition and framing that would not be possible from the ground.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Culbokie, Black Isle

Situated above the Cromarty Firth, Culbokie on the Black Isle, enjoys spectacular views northwards to Ben Wyvis and the Ross-shire hills. Taken from high above Culbokie Loch, this 360° aerial panorama captures the vistas from the air.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas on the Black Isle.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Munlochy Bay, Black Isle

High above the shores of Munlochy Bay on the Black Isle, this 360° panorama depicts the cloud reflections on the stillness of the bay.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas on the Black Isle.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Black Isle

Photographed on the shores of the Cromarty Firth, this 360° aerial panorama looks across the Cromarty Bridge, along the Cromarty Firth and across the Black Isle, photographed from 100m above the ground.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas on the Black Isle.

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Wide Angle Panorama - Cromarty and Nigg from the South Sutor, Black Isle

Looking towards Cromarty village and the fabrication yard at Nigg from the South Sutor path at Cromarty.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Mount Eagle, Black Isle

A 360° aerial panorama at Mounteagle on the Black Isle

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas on the Black Isle.

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Wide Angle Panorama - Ben Wyvis and the Cromarty Firth

A blue sky day on the Black Isle and a view down to the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis from Culbokie.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Mount Eagle, Black Isle

The last stages in the successful development of 360° aerial panoramas and an aerial perspective of the young woodland near to the Mount Eagle mast on the Black Isle.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Culbokie Football Pitch, Black Isle

A 360° aerial panorama from the football pitch in Culbokie on the Black Isle. Looking north, Ben Wyvis has a covering of snow and Fyrish and Strathrory can be seen across the Cromarty Firth.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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Wide Angle Panorama - Culbokie Harvest Time, Black Isle

Looking across to the Cromarty Bridge with the head of the Cromarty Firth in the distance and Ben Wyvis to the right hand side.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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Wide Angle Panorama - Cromarty Harbour, Black Isle

Cromarty Harbour on the entrance top the Cromarty Firth, one of the oldest working harbours in the local area.

A high resolution composite, this panorama can be panned and zoomed.

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Wide Angle Panorama - Nigg Bay, Black Isle

Nigg bay and the view northwards from Gallow Hill above the village of Cromarty.