An introduction to 360° Mountain Photography
At 1084m high, Beinn Dearg, near Ullapool is one of the highest hills in the local area. Approached from Inverlael and then up Gleann na Squaib, the walk into this hill provides superb views onto the northern crags of Beinn Dearg.
The interactive panorama below was a test piece for BBC Scotland. I had been commissioned to provide a series of interactive mountain panoramas and was scoping out the requirements of the commission. 360° Panoramic photography has advanced considerably since 2009 and this particular project was possibly ahead of its time. It did however allow for some invaluable developments for panoramic photography.
With great views on the way up the hill, the low cloud lingering just above the summit didn't allow for the otherwise spectacular views to be shown at their best. There's always another day though when it comes to the Scottish hills...
The image above is part of a Virtual Tour of the Fannich Mountains. Click on the photograph to access the tour then select Beinn Dearg from the opening map and enjoy touring the summits across the seasons!
Find the links to neighbouring hills and explore the view from nearby summits. And if you would like to see nearby summits named, then find and click on the links at the base of some of the cairns.
To see more of my interactive Panoramic photographs, please follow the link buttons below:
360° Mountain Images 360° Landscapes
The photographs in the blog post below provide more background and context to the day out on Beinn Dearg.
If you have enjoyed the photography on this page, then please feel free to share this post:
- Beinn Dearg this way
- The gate at the top of the forest
- The approach up Gleann na Squaib
- The northern crags of Beinn Dearg
- Looking back to Lael forest
- Lael forest
- Looking up Gleann na Squaib
- West towards the Summer Isles
- Beinn Ghobhlach in the distance
- Looking over Rhue Point and towards the Summer Isles
- Beinn Ghobhlach and Loch Broom
- Meall nan Ceapraichean
- A distance view towards Seana Bhraigh
- Seana Bhraigh in telephoto
- Ben More Coigach sitting above Ardmair
- A wide angle view over Lael, Loch Broom and to the Summer Isles
- Ullapool and the Summer Isles
- Destitution Wall
- The view from the plateau
- Destitution Wall and Ullapool
- Beinn Dearg Summit Panorama
- Seana Bhraigh
- Tania waiting patiently
- The Sutherland hills to the west
- A view westwards during the descent
The approach to Beinn Dearg through Lael Forest, through the gate at the top of the forest and onto the path up Gleann na Squaib.
The approach up Gleann na Squaib with Beinn Dearg in the background - and Tania in the foreground...!
Looking back over the forest at Lael.
Higher up Gleann na Squaib, Beinn Dearg's neighbour Meall nan Ceapraichean comes into view
Views to the west, including Beinn Ghobhlach on the Scoraig Peninsula, the Summer Isles in Loch Broom and the summit of Meall nan Ceapraichean.
Views to the surrounding hills, west, including Seana Bhraigh, Ben More Coigach. and Beinn Ghobhlach.
Destitution Wall - one of the significant landmarks on Beinn Dearg. This dry stone dyke runs for several miles along summit ridge of Beinn Dearg. Built in the mid 1840s during the potato famine. by starving crofters in return for food, the wall stands as a monument to the harsh Highland living conditions in the 19th century.
The summit of Beinn Dearg. Click on the image above to access the high resolution composite panorama. This 360° interactive panorama can be panned and zoomed and has a number of embedded hotspots.
A view from the summit towards Seana Bhraigh and a view of Tania waiting patiently behind the summit.
The Sutherland hills and the view westwards during the descent.
Posted by Angus Mackie
I’m Angus Mackie, a professional photographer based just north of Inverness on the beautiful Black Isle. I'm on the North Coast 500 and am well placed to discover most of the Highlands. The iconic scenery of Glen Affric and the Cairngorms are close by whilst many of the wild and dramatic locations on the west coast are within easy reach.
Mountains, landscapes, coastlines.... As a landscape and panoramic photographer, I enjoy exploring Scotland and its wild and remote places and have discovered some of the best photography locations in the Highlands over the last 35 years of living up here. With a broad and wide ranging knowledge of the Highlands, I still enjoy finding new locations and fresh perspectives for my photography. The use of natural light to capture stunning scenery at spectacular locations is very much a key factor for my photography.
I’m a qualified Summer Mountain Leader, a Sea Kayak Leader and a UKCC Level 2 Sea Kayaking coach, with many years experience of leading and guiding.