Scotland's Top 10 views

Stephen Whitehorne travels the breadth and width of the country to capture Scotland's finest views.

Ben Nevis

Scottish Sporting Gazette

"A sublime view in shades of blue' best describes what I saw from the summit of Britain's highest mountain on this fine November day. I focused my camera on The Mamores and the Glencoe hills, fascinated by the abstract rendering of layered mountain profiles in the haze."

The Cuillin, Isle of Skye

Scottish Sporting Gazette

"Persistence finally paid off when, wind-battered and soaked in sea spray, I had endured a gruelling afternoon on the beach at Elgol. Seemingly against the odds, a gap in the clouds opened up, transforming a dreich view of the Cuillin to one of Turneresque magnificence!"

The Five Sisters of Kintail

Scottish Sporting Gazette

There can be few more stunning mountain vistas than that from the Bealach Ratagain! Half-covered in snow, the shapely peaks of the Five Sisters of Kintail and Beinn Fhada provided a spectacular Alpine backdrop to Loch Duich on this sunny winter's day.

Scott's View

Scottish Sporting Gazette

A short stroll down Bemersyde Hill enabled me to capture the essence of the Scottish Borders with this view to the Eildon Hills across the Tweed - a favourite spot of Sir Walter Scott.

Edinburgh

Scottish Sporting Gazette

While photographing the view from Calton Hill in the afterglow of this January sunset, I found myself captivated by an otherworldly vision of the crescent moon in conjunction with Venus and the famous rooftops and spires which grace the skyline of Edinburgh's Old Town.

The Shore, Leith

Scottish Sporting Gazette

The historic buildings which line The Shore are mirrored in the Water of Leith in the sunlight on this October evening. From the bridge by The Malmaison Hotel, the view rivalled anything I have seen in Venice.

Loch Hourn

Scottish Sporting Gazette

I stopped the car many times before reaching Arnisdale, awe-struck by the stunning scenery of coast and mountains. In this view of the Loch Hourn from below Beinn Sgritheall, I attempted to depict what was the closest I'd come to a fjord-like experience in Scotland.

Eilean Donan Castle

Scottish Sporting Gazette

With my eyes distracted from the road by the dark, brooding sky over Loch Alsh, I pulled over, hoping to capture an image of the castle that was very different to the chocolate-box one we all know.

Liathach, Glen Torridon

Scottish Sporting Gazette

A 15-minute hike along a track off of the road in Glen Torridon took me to where Loch Clair provided a picture-perfect foreground for Liathach. The reflection in the loch seemed to emphasise the sheer towering bulk of the mountain.

The Sound of Barra

Scottish Sporting Gazette

Throw in a few palm trees and it could be the Caribbean! This island paradise, however, belongs to the Outer Hebrides. Glorious June weather on Barra made this view from Ben Erival - looking across Cockle Strand, the Sound of Barra and to South Uist beyond - a special treat.

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