Ryan Sheppeck & Josh Kemp-Smith of Peaks Collective recently headed to the Highlands for a week of exploring the infamous mountain landscapes around Glencoe and the Isle of Skye.

At around 8:30am we started the 6-and-a-half hour race North from Sheffield. We planned on arriving in Glencoe a few hours before sundown. The skies were blue as we hit the road and stayed that way for much of our trip. We arrived in the Highlands and headed straight to the Kings House Hotel to scope out this infamous location for photographing deer. Fortunately enough, outside sat 3 of these majestic creatures basking in the beautiful Autumnal light. At that moment, we knew we were in for a good trip and the next 6 days unfolded in pretty much the same way.

We spent plenty of magical moments exploring classic location such as Glen Etive, Glencoe Lochan, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Eilean Donan Castle, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, Talisker Bay and Neist Point. Our most extraordinary afternoon however was spent at the heart of the Cuillin mountains atop Sgurr na Stri, high above Loch Curuisk.

We’d heard rumours that this place has ‘the best view in Britain’ and could not miss the opportunity to check it out. With a simple boat ride from Elgol, we arrived at the base of the Black Cuillin. From here, we made a relatively swift climb to the top of the Peak of Strife. On summiting, on this beautiful clear October day, there was nowhere more incredible in the World. A stunning fresh water loch lays still between the ocean and the mountains, a surreal landscape that’s scale is incomprehensible until you spot a small catamaran for perspective. If you ever visit the Isle of Skye, this place can not be missed. A truly inspirational viewpoint that evoked as much emotion as anywhere else we’ve ever stepped foot.

Below are a selection of photos from our trip. We hope you enjoy our photographic journey. If you have any questions about where any of these places are, please fire us a message via the Contact button in the footer.


Return trips to Loch Coruisk and Sgurr na Stri start at £26. Click here to check availability and book your trip on the Bella Jane.