Photography - Highlands & Skye
Departing from Mallaig, our photographic cruise with Scotland 360° will take you to some of the most photogenic locations in the West Highlands & coastal Skye. Approaching our destinations by sea allows for unique photographic perspectives on this amazing journey.
Day 1 - On this, our inaugural special landscape photography cruise open to all levels from beginners to photographic enthusiasts, after departing Mallaig our first destination is Loch Nevis and the remote Knoydart peninsula with views to lofty mountains and stunning landscapes to capture with our cameras, and with ample opportunity for wildlife spotting. The morning and evenings in particular offer beautiful perspectives with the soft Highland light. Here we will overnight near the little settlement of Inverie, home to "The Forge", the UK's most remote pub - only accessible by foot or boat, where we can take a walk ashore and get to know each other over an evening drink.
Next morning, Day 2 takes us north a little further, to the beautiful and photogenic Sandaig bay, or 'Camusfearna', the home of Gavin Maxwell’s “Ring of Bright Water”. Set in the upper reaches of the Sound of Sleat and at the entrance to Kylerhea, the Sandaig islands have a beauty and a tranquillity of their own. Scattered islands, sandy beaches and beautiful vistas make this a photographer’s paradise, not forgetting the unique history of this unique and special setting. After this we will sail across the Sound of Sleat to the picturesque little village of Isleornsay where we will anchor for the night.
Day 3 - our itinerary then takes us to the southern tip of Skye and to the Sleat Peninsula – the 'Garden of Skye'. We have stunning, long distance views in every direction. Knoydart, Skye, the Inner Hebrides, not forgetting the wildlife, the birdlife and the cetacean interest. With knowledgeable guides on board MV Monadhliath, you will be in expert hands when it comes to identification and photographic opportunities. That evening we will anchor next to the little island of Soay with the backdrop of Skye and the Cuillins!
Day 4 - Our final full day of our trip takes us deep into Loch Scavaig and underneath the Black Cuillin mountains of Skye. Impressive and foreboding, these ancient mountains form a photographic gateway into the upper reaches of Loch Scavaig. Enjoy the change in perspective as we sail up the loch and, having passed the seal colonies, we have an opportunity to land onshore and take a short walk to Loch Coruisk to capture the experience of the Skye Cuillins towering above us.
A second overnight stop at the Isle of Soay takes us to another Gavin Maxwell haunt, this time the shark fishery station, chronicled in his book, “Harpoon at a Venture”. Soay is a beautiful and extremely photogenic location with the old harbour and the views directly to the Small Isles, all the time with the mountain presence forming an impressive backdrop.
*If time and conditions allow, while we are in this area we plan to visit Rubha an Dunain, the lonely site of both a Chambered Cairn and a Viking Ship canal. This is a unique way to visit and to photograph an otherwise remote but extremely interesting archaeological site.
Next morning on Day 5 we will cruise back past Skye and across the Sound of Sleat with views across to the Small Isles on our way home to Mallaig, watching out for more wildlife watching opportunities on the way.
MV Monadhliath has two raised viewing decks with seating so you can enjoy the views and wildlife while underway and our guides will point out any sightings, also logging them for the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust database. Our dinghy is used to ferry you ashore on excursions.
Each morning and evening, you will be able to relax in the comfortable saloon lounge, enjoying freshly cooked and prepared meals, while lunch might either be onboard or taken ashore as a packed lunch depending on the itinerary timings. The boat has a large smart TV screen suitable for displaying photographs with opportunities to enjoy viewing the best of each day’s photography. Your comfortable bunk allows you to enjoy a little rest and quiet time between expeditions.
ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE & TUTOR
Angus Mackie is a professional photographer and photography tutor who runs Scotland360° Photography. Angus specialises in landscape and panoramic photography and provides bespoke photography workshops. He loves the outdoors and has discovered some of the best photography locations we plan to visit in this photographic voyage. He will guide you in composition and assist you in interpreting the landscape to develop your photography skills. All levels are welcome.
**Please note that whilst we try to make these trips accessible to everyone, the boat is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the compact spaces and steep stairs descending to the cabins.
**Under 14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on our overnight expeditions.