The Best Photography Locations in Edinburgh

Calton Hill Edinburgh

We’ve been based in the Edinburgh region for a couple of years now, and it is definitely one of our favourite cities in the UK. We’ve written a lot about the city – everything from the awesome festivals through to getting off the beaten path in Edinburgh, plus loads more (see the further reading section at the end of the post for more).

One thing I’ve somehow not written so far though is a detailed guide to the best photography locations in Edinburgh. This is a huge oversight, as Edinburgh is fantastically photogenic. With medieval city streets, handy overlook points and a superb skyline, it is a real treat to photograph.

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How To Drive on Single Track Roads

Single Track Road sign

We’ve written a great deal about exploring Scotland’s North Coast 500 – the epic 500 mile road trip around Scotland’s north coast that has been likened to Scotland’s “Route 66”. 

One thing we noticed on our trip around the North Coast 500 is that there are a lot of people driving it who are unfamiliar with single track roads. This is the same story across much of the Scottish Highlands, including the beautiful Isle of Skye and other islands.

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The Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

Day Trips from Reykjavik: Icelandic Horses

Iceland is a hot destination and for good reason – the Land of Ice and Fire is a truly beautiful place to visit. We’ve spent a few weeks touring this country, marvelling at the incredible waterfalls and otherworldly landscapes, and definitely think it should be on everyone’s travel wish-list!

We’ve already written a number of posts about Iceland, including sharing some of our favourite photography locations in Iceland, our tips for planning a trip to Iceland, and a detailed 7 day self drive Iceland Itinerary.

However, we appreciate that not everyone has the time or inclination for either a long trip, or for a self-drive trip.

With airlines like Icelandair offering the opportunity to stopover in Iceland as part of a trip from the USA to Europe, we think there are lots of visitors who would benefit from basing themselves in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, and exploring the island from here on a series of day trips.

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2 Days on the Isle of Wight: An Itinerary

Lifeboat Pier Isle of Wight

One of the nice things about being based in the UK is that we have had more time to do a lot more exploring of my home country. And one of the places that we’d both been wanting to visit for a while was the Isle of Wight, a relatively small island which sits just off the south coast of England, near the town of Southampton.

Well, we finally made that happen. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you our suggestions for what to do on the Isle of Wight for 2 days. This includes some of our favourite sights, experiences and places to eat on the Isle of Wight, which we think is a perfect place to visit for two days! Let’s get started with our suggestions for:

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Vanguard VEO 2 265CB Tripod Review

VEO tripod at Chenonceau Castle France

For the last few years I’ve been proud to be able to call myself a Vanguard Professional, which means I’m an ambassador for Vanguard, an awesome company which manufacture a variety of useful photography accessories (amongst other things), including a range of tripods (essential for photography, read why here) and photography bags.

Vanguard also make optics, including hunting scopes and binoculars, and my parents were so impressed by a pair of binoculars they tried out recently that they’ve invested in a pair for birdwatching. I digress.

In 2015, I was delighted to help launch Vanguard’s VEO range of tripods and bags, which at the time was something new for them – a range aimed specifically at the travelling photographer or backpacker who wants to keep their gear light and portable, whilst still offering great stability and value for money.

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3 Days in Sandusky, Ohio: Visiting the Shores, Islands, and Cedar Point!

Cedar Point Ohio

Jess and I have explored a great many parts of her home state of Ohio in the United States. We’ve now visited nearly every corner of the state and have seen a lot (including all the best waterfalls in Ohio!), and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.

In today’s post, I want to share with you a suggested itinerary for visiting one of the more popular parts of the state – the Lake Erie Shores and Islands, which we were invited to visit by the Shores and Islands tourism board on one of our trips to Ohio.

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How to Find the Devil’s Pulpit in Finnich Glen, Scotland

Finnich Glen Devils Pulpit Scotland

Did you know that not too far from Glasgow and Edinburgh is Scotland is a beautiful moss covered, 100ft deep gorge, through which flows an almost ruby coloured river?

This magic location, known both as Finnich Glen and the Devil's Pulpit (more on that soon), is not too well known, despite appearing in TV’s Outlander (as the location for Liar’s Spring), but if you make the effort, is a hugely rewarding spot for both photography and nature lovers.

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North Coast 500: Highlights of Scotland’s Epic Road Trip

North Coast 500 - Highlights

Spanning a fabulous 500 miles around Scotland’s northern coast, the relatively recently launched North Coast 500 road trip is already being lauded as one of the world’s finest drives. As we’re huge fans of road trips, and this one is practically in our back yard, naturally Jess and I took the opportunity to hit the road ourselves when the official NC500 folks invited us to do so.

We’ve already written about our favourite photography locations on the North Coast 500, and we’ve put together a detailed guide to accommodation on the North Coast 500 as part of our Scotland content. For those of you planning your own North Coast 500 trip, Jess has also put together the definitive guide to planning a North Coast 500 trip.

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The Street Art of Bristol: Banksy and More!

Bristol Street Art

In August 2017 Jess and I visited Bristol for a week, partly to see the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, and partly because we’d not explored this beautiful city together.

Naturally we’ll be writing more about our visit to the city and giving you some ideas and suggestions for what to see, but I wanted to start off our posts with a tour of some of Bristol’s street art.

Regular readers will of course know that we are big fans of street art, and have already put posts together covering the street art in cities from Glasgow to Barcelona. So of course, we couldn’t visit Bristol, believed home of arguably the world’s most famous street artist, Banksy, without doing a post!

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Visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick

Scottish seabird center boat ride

Jess has wanted to see puffins for a very long time, so when the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, Scotland, offered us a trip on one of their bird watching tours at the start of puffin season, naturally we leapt at the opportunity.

Of course, it’s about more than just puffins. There are loads of species of seabirds that you can see from the Scottish Seabird centre, including the worlds largest colony of northern gannets. And seabirds aren’t all – you might even be lucky enough to spot seals or even dolphins!

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