We are delighted to announce that Umar Saleem, a photographer and fellow Scotland lover is joining Artisans of Scotland. Together we will be sharing some of the most beautiful places in Scotland with you. Our hope is to encourage those of us who have the privilege of living in this awesome country to get out and explore these wonderful locations and inspire those abroad, to come visit Scotland! With sensitive and minimal post-production, Umar’s images capture the real colours and tones of the scenes as he saw them, so you can see them just like this too.
In future posts we’ll be sharing the story behind some of these shots, how they were captured and share Umar’s photography tips. We’ll also be writing about some great trips that take in some of these sites. Enjoy!
Buachaille Etive Mòr
The Buachaille is impressive at the best of time but when it’s snow capped and it’s melt water is rushing through the rivers and streams below it’s just ridiculous. This has to be one of our favourite prints in the collection, showing off one of the primary location of the Skyfall movie (James Bond). It’s wonderful even as a drive (especially in a DB5) but best enjoyed on foot. You can find a list of walks on the highland walks website.Autumn | Day/Weekend Trip | Glasgow 2h / Edinburgh 3h / Aberdeen 4h | Directions | Order Prints
The Quiraing – Isle of Skye
The Quiraing is found on the Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland. It is awesome! It is a place of wonder and amazement. It is outstanding by any measure. If you are fit enough to walk the narrow path and scramble up and down the steep slopes – you must do it. To visit Skye without experiencing the Quiraing seems unthinkable, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. This image is particularly special as the light catches the slopes as it dives down below the horizon.Summer | Weekend Trip | Glasgow 6h / Edinburgh 6h / Aberdeen 5h | Directions | Order Prints
The Fairy Pools – Isle of Skye
The Fairy Pools sit at the foot of the Cuillins with the black mountain ridges looming over them, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. For the hardy and brave there is a wild swimming opportunity and for the rest of us a chance to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and get a feel for the mighty Cuillins without too much of a trek. This photo was taken on an incredibly wet Scottish weekend, but a break in the weather allowed Umar to capture this beautiful misty perspective of the magical Fairy Pools.Autumn | Weekend Trip | Glasgow 6h / Edinburgh 6h / Aberdeen 5h | Directions | Order Prints
Black Cuillin from Elgol
The Cuillin range dominates the south of the Isle of Skye and can be seen right across the island. There are loads of great vantage points to view the Cuillins but one of the favourite spots is from Elgol and this image is testament to that. A wonderful sky dominates leaving a silhouette of the famous mountains. Elgol can be reached by road from Broadford.Summer | Weekend Trip | Glasgow 6h / Edinburgh 6h / Aberdeen 5h | Directions | Order Prints
Sligachan – Isle of Skye
River Braan Dunkeld
Forth Rail Bridge
The Forth rail Bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish image. This wonderful photo was taken at sunset from the edge of the firth of forth and shows the bridge in all it’s glory as the architectural and engineering masterpiece that it is.Summer | Day Trip | Glasgow 1 h / Aberdeen 2.5h | Directions | Order Prints
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Edinburgh Burns and Nelson Monument
Glencoe Blackrock Cottage
Glencoe Lagangarbh Hut
Glencoe is simply stunning. Whether you love the drive through Rannoch Moor, enjoy the exceptional walking or go to ski you can’t help but be taken in by its stark beauty. This image really captures the eerie, isolation of Glencoe with the Lagangarbh bothy standing alone in the dramatic landscape. The best way to see it of course is to spend time there and the Lagangarbh hut lets you walk the hills without a tent!