A panoramic view over Fortrose and Chanonry Point

Scotland360° Aerial Panoramic Photography

Drones – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are aircraft which can be flown remotely using “Remote Pilot Skills”.

As technology has developed, so have the capabilities and sophistication of UAVs.

I have been flying drones since 2014 and have built up considerable experience in using these platforms for aerial photography in general and 360° panoramic photography in particular.

Similar to the capture of terrestrial 360° panoramas, there is a well defined workflow which sits behind the production of aerial panoramas and virtual tours. As the functionality has developed considerably during the last five years, this has allowed the development of immersive and interactive imagery, all from unique perspectives and viewpoints.

Click on any of the photographs below and a new window will open displaying the panorama as a high resolution, interactive view. Having opened the panoramic image, use the controls to pan, zoom and navigate. Right clicking 360° panoramas will allow viewing in differing perspectives.

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Above the Crowlin Islands

Setting out from Applecross, the plan was to head for the Crowlin Islands and follow the classic sea kayaking journey through the north / south channel, also known as the "eye of the needle" from the Gaelic translation.

With my drone in the back hatch, a short stop at the northern end of the channel allowed for an aerial panorama down the channel, taking in the view towards Skye.

The eye of the needle

Pan left to Uags Bay in Applecross, then towards Plockton in the far distance. Eilean Mor, the Crowlin Harbour in the channel and Eilean Meadhanach comprise the view over the Crowlins with Beinn na Caillich and Beinn Dearg Mor, on Skye, visible in the far distance.

Superb winter light at frozen Loch Glascarnoch

A frozen Loch Glascarnoch and winter hills in full snow cover - a rare combination of perfect conditions, no wind and good light!

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Frozen Loch Glascarnoch

An aerial panorama looking westwards towards Am Faochagach, with An Teallach in the far distance.

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Am Faochagach

Viewed from above Loch Glascarnoch, Am Faochagach takes centre stage, with Cona Mheall and Beinn Dearg to the left. Zoom in to see distant An Teallach and the far western end of the Fannichs.

The remains of the original road which ran through Glen Glascarnoch, before the loch was created, can be seen from the aerial viewpoint.

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Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall

Hovering above the frozen loch, Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall sit in the far distance. The south ridge up to Cona Mheall provides an alternative ascent to the summit and provides airy views to Choire Ghranda far below.

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Frozen Loch

With a temperature of -10°C as I left the car at the roadside, Loch Glascarnoch was completely frozen. Whilst it's very possible that the ice was thick enough to stand on, today wasn't the day for testing that theory! Sending the drone out low ver the ice allowed this low level shot looking back towards Beinn Dearg, Cona Mheall and Am Faochagach.

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Snowy Am Faochagach

An aerial panorama, again low over the frozen surface of Loch Glascarnoch.

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Loch Glascarnoch

The low level aerial vista across Loch Glascarnoch.

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180° Panorama

This full 180° panorama takes in the old road on both sides of the photograph and provides some idea of the scale of this huge, man made loch. Opened in 1957, the dam and reservoir were created by the then North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board as part of the Conon Valley Hydro Electric Scheme. This scheme was one of many similar developments to bring power to remote north highland communities.

To see more images of Loch Glascarnoch and the surrounding area, take a trip over to my Landscape Galleries

The Scotland360 Landscape Collection

Big skies and reflected clouds

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Cromarty Bridge from the Black Isle..

An aerial panorama looking across the Cromarty Bridge from the Black Isle.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

Culbokie from the air

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A new take on a previous photograph. I have been developing aerial panoramas for the last four years and this is a retake of one of my earlier aerial panoramas from January 2014. Hardware, software and techniques have moved on considerably during that time, allowing for some great developments.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

Autumn sunset over the Cromarty Firth

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Photographed from high up above Culbokie on the Black Isle, the sun sets over the Strathconon hills with the sunset colours radiating out over Ben Wyvis, the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle fields.

This is one of my favourite local views, photographed using my drone from an aerial perspective. The advantage of height, an unobstructed view and the ability to stitch several images together allows for composition and framing that would not be possible from the ground.

360° Aerial Panorama - The Road to Rhenigidale, The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

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With stunning views over to Loch Seaforth and to the North Harris Hills, this full 360° aerial panorama was captured at the side of the "Road to Rhenigidale". The Rheningidale road was many years in the planning but it took until February 1990 before it was officially opened, finally connecting a remote coastal community to the "mainland" of Harris.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

360° Aerial Panorama - Island of Scalpay, The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

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An aerial view looking across to the island of Scalpay sitting to the east of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. This full 360° aerial panorama has a wealth of detail. Spot the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry entering Loch Tarbert and look back onto Skye in the far distance. Scroll, pan and zoom to enjoy the beauty of the Outer Hebrides.

Any visit to the Outer Hebrides should take in Scalpay and more information can be found here.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

360° Aerial Panorama - Luskentyre Beach, The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

Luskentyre Beach Aerial 360 Panorama

No visit to Harris would be complete without a walk along Luskentyre beach. With miles of white sandy beach and stunning views to the hills of North Harris, Luskentyre deserves its reputation.

Looking at the view from an elevated perspective, the colours in the water radiate out from the beach and the island of Taransay can be seen clearly across the bay, some 1.5km away.

Southwards, to the left of Taransay, Toe Head can clearly be seen, whilst northwards of Taransay, North Harris stretches out westwards towards Amhuinnsuidhe.

This panorama is one of a series of 360° aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

360° Aerial Panorama - Luskentyre Sands, The Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

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An aerial view over the Luskentyre sands on the Isle of Harris, this full 360° aerial panorama looks over the golden sands exposed by the ebb tide. Looking westwards to the Island of Taransay, the photograph contrasts the rugged, rocky topography of the island with the expanse of sand and sea at this beautiful location.

This full 360° aerial panorama is one of a series of aerial panoramas from the Outer Isles.

Wide Angle Aerial Panoramas - Gruinard Bay, Wester Ross

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A sea kayaking trip from Mellon Udrigle to Gruinard Bay in May 2018 and an opportunity for some panoramic aerial photography at Gruinard. With several glorious sandy beaches and many superb views, Gruinard Bay is one of the highlights on the North Coast 500 and has superb views to Coigach with some of the most evocative scenery in the north west highlands.

The photograph above looks across Gruinard Bay back towards Mellon Udrigle, with Gruinard Island in view to the right hand side of the bay.

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Looking across Froach Eilean Mor to Gruinard Island from high above the beach. Drone photography allows for new perspectives on familiar places, highlighting colours and textures in beuatiful surroundings.

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360° Aerial Panorama - Eathie, Black Isle

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Eathie sits to the south east of the Black Isle, on the raised beach which forms the southern shore on the peninsula. This view looks eastwards to Cromarty, taking in the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth. Looking westwards, the Beauly Firth is just visible whilst to the North east, the North Coast guards the entrance to the Dornoch Firth. Four Firths from one viewpoint.....

There is definitely more potential at Eathie. so look out for new aerial panoramas soon.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Balblair Pier, Black Isle

Balblair Aerial Panorama, Black Isle

This particular aerial panorama was captured above Balblair Pier, one of several historic crossing points from the Black Isle to Easter Ross. The Balblair Pier was built by the engineer Thomas Telford in the early 19th Century and connected the Black Isle to Invergordon. The ferry ran until the early 1960s.

Balblair sits to the north of the Black Isle and, as with many photographs and panoramas taken to the north, the view includes the deep water Cromarty Firth, used extensively for building and maintaining North Sea oil rigs.

Looking due north to Invergordon, the deep water piers can be seen. The deep water port facility allows for visting cruise liners and in 2019, Invergordon hosted 105 ships and over 176,000 passengers. For more information on the cruise liner schedule, visit the Invergordon Tourism Alliance pages.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Culbokie, Black Isle

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Situated above the Cromarty Firth, Culbokie on the Black Isle, enjoys spectacular views northwards to Ben Wyvis and the Ross-shire hills. Taken from high above Culbokie Loch, this 360° aerial panorama captures the vistas from the air.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Findon Woods, Black Isle

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A springtime flight above Findon Woods, to the north of Culbokie and looking across teh Cromarty Firth to Ben Wyvis.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Munlochy Bay, Black Isle

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High above the shores of Munlochy Bay on the Black Isle, this 360° panorama depicts the cloud reflections on the stillness of the bay.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Black Isle

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Photographed on the shores of the Cromarty Firth, this 360° aerial panorama looks across the Cromarty Bridge, along the Cromarty Firth and across the Black Isle, photographed from 100m above the ground.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Mount Eagle, Black Isle

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A 360° aerial panorama at Mounteagle on the Black Isle

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Mount Eagle, Black Isle

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The last stages in the successful development of 360° aerial panoramas and an aerial perspective of the young woodland near to the Mount Eagle mast on the Black Isle.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.

360° Aerial Panorama - Culbokie Football Pitch, Black Isle

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A 360° aerial panorama from the football pitch in Culbokie on the Black Isle. Looking north, Ben Wyvis has a covering of snow and Fyrish and Strathrory can be seen across the Cromarty Firth.

To see more aerial perspectives of the Black Isle, head over to my Black Isle Aerial Virtual Tour and explore the Black Isle from the air. Pan, zoom and enjoy the views, using the interactive hotspots to navigate your way around the Black Isle from a unique and different perspective.