Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount during the winter months

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Rannoch Moor

Isle of Skye & Glencoe Photography Tour | 18 - 25 January 2025

A seven-night, eight-day winter photography tour of the Isle of Skye and Glencoe.

Join me for a fabulous photography tour and workshop based on the Isle of Skye and Glencoe in Scotland during the Winter of 2025. The photo tour is centred in the very heart of Glencoe and Portree on the Isle of Skye. We will use our two bases to photograph the stunning mountain scenery of Glencoe as well as the surrounding Scottish Highlands landscape and lochs up on the Isle of Skye.

During January, the area around Glencoe will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Snow will be on the high peaks and with any luck will be on the ground around Rannoch Moor. The Isle of Skye is similar and if we’re lucky we may even get an aurora borealis above the island.

Our stay is based firstly in the village of Onich, 5 miles north of Glencoe. Double rooms are provided with breakfast. Then we will move northwards to the Isle of Skye where our stay will be based in the Portree Hotel which is a central point on the island.

Highlights of the Isle of Skye and Glencoe photo tour, other than the endless mountainous scenery, will be Rannoch Moor, Buchaille Etive Mor, Lochan na h-Achlaise and the Black Mount as well as other places such as Castle Stalker and and the Fort William area. And up on the Isle of Skye will will cover locations such as the Old Man of Storr, the Trotternish Ridge and Elgol.

Isle of Skye and Glencoe Photo Tour Itinerary 2025

During January the average time of sunrise is 0850am whilst sunset is around 400pm. During our photo tour of the Isle of Skye and Glencoe, we will have breakfast before heading out to catch the sunrise.

After sunrise, we continue until lunchtime either into the landscape or in woodland before breaking for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll head back out again this time concentrating on photographing the landscapes. The day will finish with sunset then we’ll head back to our base to eat dinner in the evening.Isle of Skye.

18 January 2025

Pick up at Glasgow Airport (GLA) at 930am. From here we will drive to our hotel in Onich to start the photo tour of Glencoe. We will endeavor to make the best of the light during the day and capture the stunning scenery around us.

19 – 21 January 2025

During the next two days, we will again make the best of the scenery of the Scottish Highlands around the Glencoe area. In the late morning, we’ll start the drive northwards to the Isle of Skye where we’ll check into our hotel in Portree.

22 – 24 January 2025

We’ll have three whole days to take in the otherworldly landscapes of the Isle of Skye. This island otherwise known as the Inner Hebrides has become world renowned for its stunning scenery. We’ll have access to places such as the Trotternish Ridge, the Old Man of Storr (a 1-hour hike up), and Elgol.

25 January 2025

If we get the weather then we’ll head out to do one last sunrise then head back to Glasgow Airport (GLA) for a drop-off time of 630PM. This will give us plenty of time for us to take the long drive back and stop for lunch on the way.

Is it cold on the Isle of Skye & Glencoe in January?

In January temperatures can reach well below freezing and especially so on Rannoch Moor. You’ll need to ensure that you have clothing that will keep you warm from the inevitable cold and wind chill that we will be experiencing during our days out.

What clothing should I bring?

Make sure you bring good quality footwear as well as warm socks. Wind chill is likely to be a factor as if we are standing around waiting for the most opportune light then you’ll need to make sure you have the appropriate clothing such as a down jacket to deal with this. Don’t forget the all-important base and mid-layers too. A good pair of trousers to ensure that your legs are kept warm. I usually put my Paramo Cascada trousers on to help against the cold. Lastly, make sure a good quality hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe.


Good, sturdy walking shoes that are waterproof are perfect for the terrain that we’ll be working in. Places such as Rannoch Moor can be wet and muddy underfoot and so make sure your feet are protected. On the Isle of Skye be prepared for the rocky beaches and hike to the Old Man of Storr.

What camera kit should I bring?

A wide-angle lens (16-35mm) and medium zoom (24-70mm) are the lenses we’ll be using the most. A longer zoom (100-400mm) will be useful to cover most compositional eventualities that we may need to isolate. It’s likely the most used lens will be in the 24-70mm range as a super wide-angle can create the pancake effect on the mountainous landscape, so make sure this focal length is covered. 

Do I need a computer?

Although not essential, it’s a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself. 

What’s included in the tour?

  • Double room single occupancy accommodation with ensuite bathrooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Transport during the tour
  • Pickup from Glasgow Airport (GLA)
  • Tuition from Julian Elliott

What’s not included

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Transport to Glasgow Airport
  • Insurance

From £2595 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — January

Contact details

Julian Elliott Photography

52 Chichester Close
United Kingdom

Tour information


  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow Airport


8 Days


  • English
  • French


  • Landscapes
  • Photography

Tour prices

From £2595 Per Adult

Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour Stops

Tour company information

Julian Elliott Photography

Small-group photography tours concentrating on both landscape and travel photography. I offer personalised tuition with small groups in stunning locations across the world including Glencoe and the Isle of Skye in Scotland as well as in Italy, Vietnam, and Asia. As a professional travel photographer, I offer a raft of experience having traveled in over 40 countries. I get clients to the right location in order to take full advantage of the best light available. The small group format enables me to maintain a flexible itinerary giving clients better access to locations more quickly.

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Please contact me either through my website or using WhatsApp as I may be traveling in an area without internet access.

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