David Russell

About Highland Wildscapes

Explore | Learn | Create

Welcome! Highland Wildscapes is a small adventure and photography business run by me, David Russell. It is my passion to provide people with outdoor experiences that revolve around Exploration, Learning and Creativity.

My number one goal is to provide transformational moments that alter the way you see and interact with our landscape. To that end, I offer adventurous experiences in three broad categories:

  • Landscape Photography Workshops
    As a landscape photographer with more than 15 years experience I love to teach people the skills they need to capture their own beautiful vision of our wonderful land.
  • Guided Adventures
    Guided journeys with an educational twist, such as themed walks and journeys of discovery.
  • Outdoor Skills Courses
    Equipping you with the skills and confidence to reach your own goals, and independently enjoy all that our wild land has to offer.

I have worked with people from all walks of life in the great outdoors. What is clear is that no matter where we come from and what we have done, there is a universal bond between people and nature. When we are together with the world is when we are most truly human.


  • Summer Mountain Leader Award
  • Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach
  • Outdoor First Aid Qualified
  • Certified Leave No Trace Trainer


My Journey So Far

Fifteen Years

of exploring

Half a Million



Pairs of Boots Worn Out


satisfied customers

From the Blog:

Mountains, Trees and Sunshine – Perfect Conditions for Glen Nevis
Last week I had the pleasure to deliver another of my popular half day photography workshops to three keen learners. Dave, Sam and Ben joined me in Glen Nevis for …
5 Challenges and 5 Opportunities of Summer Landscape Photography
Summer is generally regarded as being the most difficult time of year to produce good landscape photographs. But, if you understand the reasons behind this then you can choose your …
Faraway Tree on A Distant Hill: My Glen Eanaich Obsession
The Beginning New Years Day, 2019. Glen Eanaich was its usual self; brooding and dark. The waters of the river were the colour of hammered steel, flowing through a glen …
Leave the camera alone. Why 99% of your energy should go into the landscape itself.
One of the biggest mistakes we make as photographers is focusing our energy on learning new photographic techniques, processing skills, or obsessing over equipment. We should be focusing on the …
Finding Amazing Moments in Scotland’s Most Challenging Conditions
Last week (2nd April) I enjoyed my first proper winter hill day in quite while. It was a fine bluebird day, and I enjoyed a snowy hike up to the …
Please, I beg you – don’t burn down my forest.
Spring is finally coming. And I'm absolutely terrified of what it seems certain to bring. Fire. In March we had a spell of warm weather that lasted just over ten …