Scotland’s Best Spot for Photography
Hello everyone! Haven’t written in a while but now that motivation and inspiration are coming back, I thought I would share one of my favourite places in Scotland for photography.
Unarguably, Scotland has many fantastic places for photography. Places such as the Lagangarbh hut, Blackrock Cottage, Neist Point Lighthouse, Eilean Donan Castle, the 3 bridges over the Firth of Forth are some of the most photographed and most visited in Scotland. They are beautiful places no doubt but they have been shared and photographed do death, same angle, same compositions with varying weather patterns.
Just like you, I too enjoy discovering new places and photographing new things. In this digital world however, it is becoming harder to find a landscape or a subject that hasn’t been photographed before. Whilst I do enjoy the challenge of finding something new, I also find it rewarding to photograph a popular place. Kind of like a Pokémon, I want to catch them all! By that I mean, I am keen on bagging as many popular shots as possible. Just because it has been done before, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it.
Anyways, when I do go out to shoot a popular location, in addition to the popular compositions, I also try something new. In this case, what I think is probably one of the best kept secrets in the Glencoe valley (well not anymore now haha!) is a hill called Beinn A’Chrulaiste.
Situated 72 miles away from Glasgow, Beinn A’Chrulaiste is a Corbett, standing at 857 meters tall, right in front of the most photographed mountain in Scotland, Buachaille Etive Mor with Lagangarbh hut at its feet.
Although the Buachaille has been shot many times from the bottom, there are not that many photos floating about the internet of it seen from higher ground. Beinn A’ Chrulaiste provides an excellent perspective over it as well as the rest of the valley. I can honestly say I got some of my best images ever from the photographer’s viewpoint on Beinn A’ Chrulaiste.
How do you get to it? Well like mentioned previously, it’s about 72 miles away from Glasgow. Obviously, check Google Maps for directions from your place, but the best GPS way point to put in your satnav is Altnafeadh. There are 2 car parks there, one on the right hand side of the road (going north) which can only accommodate a few cars or a larger one on the left hand side of the road. Bear in mind though, the latter is not very well managed and you can easily scrape the bottom of your car going in as there are loads of big potholes. I suggest you visit during the day first to get an idea of what it’s like to park there before you attempt something like a sunrise shoot/hike which would imply you being there in the dark.
After you’re all parked up, cross the road and head on the path right beside the barbed wire fence. Keep going south (towards the Kings House Hotel) until eventually you reach a small gate. It should take you about 5-10 minutes of normal walking to get to it. Once you’re through the fence, well, use your best judgement. There is a path technically, but it’s not very obvious. Your best bet is to set your aim for the top and get there the best way you can. For the best views, stop at the first peak, which is not the very top of Beinn A’ Chrulaiste. You’ll know you’re there when you’re on a small plateau looking right into the Buachaille with a small pond to your left hand side.
For a more detailed route up Beinn A’Chrulaiste, please check this page.
Well there, you go! This is one of the most popular places for photography in Scotland and arguably one of the best ways to see it.
There are many more like it and I hope to find them and share them with you!
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