The Glen of Coe is part of the designated Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glencoe. It is just 2 hours north from Glasgow along the A82 which runs through its centre. With its great transport links and stunning scenery it has become Scotland’s premier photo location and is a must for any Landscape Photographer’s Portfolio. The Glen is the site of the infamous massacre of 1692 when government forces murdered 38 members of the MacDonald Clan.

Shaped by Fire and Ice

Geologically the glen is the eroded remains of a super volcano that erupted 420 million years ago. It was further shaped by glaciation 10,000 years ago giving it the distinctive U shape valley bottom. This combination of fire and ice has created one of the most iconic landscapes within the UK. Its imposing mountains, meandering rivers, waterfalls, and scoured glens has created a infinite set of locations within a small area. A landscape photographer’s playground.

Unique Light

Driving from Glasgow you arrive at the top of the Glen via Rannoch Moor. This flat and boggy landscape with its numerous Lochans is a must for sunrise and sunset. If you are lucky enough to be on the Moor under the right conditions you will be rewarded with great light and stunning reflections.

Passing over the highest point, you get your first glimpse of the beauty to follow. The pyramidal mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor stands proud in the distance and offers too many locations to shoot all in one day. Glen Etive comes into view on reaching the Buachaille and is a hidden gem of locations in itself. Dropping down into Glencoe you pass another pyramidal mountain of Buachaille Etive Beag before passing into the heart of the Glen with the Three Sisters on your left and the imposing ridge of the Aonach Eagach on your right. A further five minute drive brings you to the top of Loch Leven with its views of the Pap of Glencoe.

Moody and grey, orange and pinks of sunrise and sunset, yellow and reds of Autumn, Glencoe with its dynamic light and stunning scenery should be on every landscape photographer’s bucket list.