Landscape photography locations in Dumfries and Galloway by Matt Ward

Following on from my last post, I thought I would just write a quick blog detailing some of the best landscape photography locations in Dumfries and Galloway. This post will be edited and updated over the coming months and years so keep checking back for updates!

Firstly, I have to start with my favourite - Morton Castle. A real hidden gem located a few miles North of Thornhill. This castle is surrounded on 3 sides by Morton Loch (a man made loch) and is backed by the beautiful Lowther Hills. There are so many compositions here depending on the time of year and also time of day that you shoot. I have shot sun rises, sunsets, Milky Way, snow scenes and stormy weather images here. They are all unique.

Morton Castle at Sunset

Morton Castle at Sunset

Morton Castle under the Milky Way

Morton Castle under the Milky Way

The next is another castle but a world away (if only 2 miles) - Drumlanrig Castle. Used in Outlander, this magnificent castle sits in the beautiful countryside surrounded by forest and hills. Although a great shot can be had from all angles, my favourite by far is from Mount Malloch. A couple of mile walk from the car park will see you arrive at the iconic location and once again this viewpoint changes massively depending on the time of year. Whether it is autumn mists or snow covered hills surrounding the castle, this is a location not to be missed.

Drumlanrig Castle in the Autumn Mist

Drumlanrig Castle in the Autumn Mist

My next location is along the Colvend Coast and it is Southerness Lighthouse. Preferable to capture at sunrise (although a sunset is more than possible) this lighthouse adds loads of character to an already beautiful location. Situated on the Solway Firth, the imposing Lake District is in the distance and always adds a little extra to your photographs. The many rock pools allow for reflections to be captured too if you so desire.

Southerness Lighthouse at Dawn

Southerness Lighthouse at Dawn

The next two on my list are again castles. Both, in my opinion, virtually unique. Caerlaverock and Threave are both near to Dumfries and both are great at sunrise or under the stars. Threave Castle will involve a twenty minute walk to get to the river but it is definitely worth it. Caerlaverock Castle is a challenge to photograph - its unusual design being the biggest dilemma!

Caerlaverock Castle under the stars

Caerlaverock Castle under the stars

Threave Castle at Dawn

Threave Castle at Dawn

My next location is a bit more generic. I love taking photos of the night sky - especially the Milky Way. D&G is perfect for this due to very low levels of light pollution. Using the forests as a base allows for interesting compositions as well as perfectly dark skies for great Milky Way shots! (If you want to learn more about imaging the Milky Way then please book in to one of my workshops)

Milky Way Photography Dumfries and Galloway

Milky Way Photography Dumfries and Galloway