Where to shoot Buachaille Etive Mor, the waterfall location.

Buachaille Etive Mòr - My own take on this well photographed scene... Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning "the great herdsman of Etive"), generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille or The Beuckle, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.

I have seen a certain shot of Buachaille Etive Mòr on quite a few occasions and had wondered where it was taken? You might know it, it’s the place where you can get the waterfall and the mountain in frame? If like me you wanted to shoot your own version of this great natures scene then you might like to know the following…

Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning “the great herdsman of Etive”), generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille or The Beuckle, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars. – Wikipedia

I was heading up this way and knew I wanted to find this place. I was thinking that I would have to trek a little to capture it? How wrong could I be. After doing a little research I had a rough idea where it must be. What I wasn’t expecting was it to be so darn close to the road! No trekking needed at all, just some sturdy shoes as it can be very wet!

Here is the map location for the waterfall…

And this is the shot I captured when here..

Buachaille Etive Mòr - My own take on this well photographed scene... Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning "the great herdsman of Etive"), generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille or The Beuckle, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.
Buachaille Etive Mòr – My own take on this well photographed scene… 

I also had a walk just a little further up the river and took this as well.

More Buachaille Etive Mòr - An alternative view and edit of this stunning location... Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning "the great herdsman of Etive"), generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille or The Beuckle, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.
More Buachaille Etive Mòr – An alternative view and edit of this stunning location…

The area itself is just stunning and with the right light you could really get a good shot. It’s also a location that will produce a different picture every time you visit it, the seasons will help.

Also close by is another well photographed place, Black Rock Cottage. This is on the road to the Glencoe ski resort.

Black Rock Cottage - Another well shot location, and in very typical Scottish weather fashion, as I pulled up to take this shot it was raining. By the time I had my tripod up it was sunny? You can see Buachaille Etive Mor in the background.
Black Rock Cottage – Another well shot location, and in very typical Scottish weather fashion, as I pulled up to take this shot it was raining. By the time I had my tripod up it was sunny? You can see Buachaille Etive Mor in the background.

8 thoughts on “Where to shoot Buachaille Etive Mor, the waterfall location.

  • July 19, 2014 at 8:38 am
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    Fantastic advice. Been there many times but never found the exact location I’ve seen photographed and hoped to capture. Thanks

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  • August 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    Great shot, did you park up on the A82 or is that a drive able road that turns off to the left right down to the spot of your picture ? Thanks

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    • August 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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      Thank you, yes that small road is drivable and there is parking on it right by the location.

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  • December 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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    Thanks for the information. I’m travelling to Scotland soon from Australia for a holiday, and this information is very useful!

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    • December 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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      No problem, hope you get good weather 🙂

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  • June 10, 2015 at 5:46 am
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    ya was here 2013 and saw the wee car park and trees, carried on into etive and shot all day, now i know where this spot is ill have another go in june july this year. thanks for the great info on location

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  • January 23, 2016 at 11:57 am
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    Thanks for this, was looking for this location for some time, hope to go there this summer and capture it!

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  • October 11, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    Very helpful information! Similar to yourself I was wondering where this location is. Hoping to get a nice shot of this iconic scene.

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