Portlethen – Great Photo Locations

By Ian Middleton

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Portlethen

Portlethen (Port Leathain) is a small village lying 7 miles south of Aberdeen in Eastern Scotland. I’ve actually only been here once, having found it during an internet search back in 2014. I was heading up to Aberdeen to carry out some servicing work at a hospital there. As I was going up on a Sunday, ready for work Monday morning, I decided to try and do some golden hour photography while I had the chance. So a quick bit of google research the night before and I found this interesting little location.

Old Portlethen Village

I drove for over 8 hours on a lovely sunny and unusually warm day in March and arrived about a couple of hours before sunset. I threw my bags in the hotel in Aberdeen and rushed straight down.

Portlethen beach and harbour sits beside old Portlethen village. The beach is little pebble beach with a slipway for boats. But beside this is a small rocky area, perfect for some coastal photography.

After some directions from the local village pub, I was soon parked by the sea at Old Portlethen village and headed out onto the rocks. Thankfully I’d arrived in plenty of time to make a scout of the area and decide on where to setup.

Luckily I found a few good spots and worked away:

Waves crashing over rocks at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Waves crashing over rocks at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sundown at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sundown at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sundown at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sundown at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.

After sunset

Once the sun had gone down below the horizon, I decided not to wait around for dusk as I was tired from driving all the way up from the south. So I packed everything up and started headed back to the car. But, luckily I took one more look out to sea as I was walking away. The full moon was just peeking over the horizon! I hurriedly looked around for a composition, put my tripod up and grabbed by camera from my backpack and managed to catch these last few shots of the evening, the first being my absolute favourite. Normally I wouldn’t leave until after dusk, and it just goes to show why…….

Moon rising after sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Moon rising after sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Moon rising after sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
Moon rising after sunset at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, Scotland.

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