Any excuse and I’m out there in the photogenic colourful landscapes of Scotland with my trusty Nikon wrapped around my neck and purple wellies on my feet. Scotland is an abundance of colour throughout any season it seems. I’m so inspired by this rustic, authentic and vibrant countryside colour palette which I’m so lucky to have on my doorstep. Scotland’s landscapes act as such a strong source of inspiration for many Scottish artists and designers across the country.

Scotland in Colour

And so it was as a result of a recent photography trip to Scotland’s rich heather covered Lammermuir hills to photography my Mairi Helena Silk Scarves, that inspired me to create a blog post entitled:

‘Photographing Scotland in Rainbow Colours’


Tulip Medley

photographing scotland, landscape colours, vibrant tulips

Nothing is quite as uplifting, as powerfully vibrant and as brilliantly scarlet red as bold tulips appearing in flowerbeds, packing a punch of colour for Spring.


Sunset Glow

photographing sunsets in scotland, beautiful colours, capturing scotland in colours

Head to Scotland’s West Coast where the sunsets are truly spectacular.

Top Tip: Take a trip to the Outer Hebrides, find a solitary camping spot and set up camp next to the sea, listen to the waves and watch the sun go down. The ultimate best way to unwind as I discovered earlier this Summer.


Blazing Scottish Gorse

photographing scotland's landscapes, capturing colourful scottish landscapes

Think Yellow, Think Gorse! I certainly do anyway as it reminds me of our wedding day with the striking yellow gorse blazing across the Eildon Hills in Melrose, Scottish Borders.

Design inspired by Reds, Orange and Yellows: Pheasant Tribe Silk Scarf by Mairi Helena

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Green Green Grass of Home

scotland in rainbow colours, photographing scotland's landscapes in rainbow colours

Scotland is known for it’s lush green landscapes, flush from the rain! Some of the most amazingly colourful Scottish landscapes can be found along the picturesque West Coast. Featured above; Isle of Harris on the left and the Silver Sands white beaches of Arising, near to Mallaig.

Design Inspired by Scottish Greens: Harris Green Drum Lampshade

Harris Green Thistle Lampshade by Mairi Helena


Scotland’s Bluebell Woods

colourful bluebell woods of Scotland. Photographing Scotland in rainbow colours, capturing colours

Take a stroll through Scotland’s woods in the Spring time and discover these delicate bluebells covering the woodland floors. Catch the light coming through the trees first thing in the morning to appreciate them at their very best!


Scotland’s Small Isles and Indigo Seas

photographing scotland along the West Coast and capturing the turquoise seas of West Coast of Scotland

If you’re looking for clear indigo blue seas then jump on the ferry from Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull to land on the beautiful Isle of Iona.

Top Tip: Take a trip to Martyr’s Bay Gift Shop to discover the island’s own ‘Sound of Iona Tartan‘ which takes inspiration from the colours of the island’s landscapes.


Scottish Heather; the inspiration to my blog.

capturing colourful landscapes of scotland, by mairi helena photography

Nothing beats the charm of Scotland’s glorious heather stretched across the hills. Appearing for a short time frame into the month of August, these iconic purple heather heads turn Scotland’s landscapes into a vivid purple carpet.

Design Inspiration: Fine Art Thistle Silk Scarf

luxury scottish silk scarf by Mairi Helena, inspired by Scottish colour landscapes

A few more of our Silk Scarves from our range, inspired by Scotland’s colourful landscapes:

Scottish Deer Print Silk Scarf by Mairi Helena

luxury designer silk scarf featuring scottish deer, by Mairi Helena

Cobalt Blue Thistle Silk Scarf by Mairi Helena 

luxury scottish silk scarf by mairi helena designs, scotland

Fine Art Thistle Repeat Silk Scarf by Mairi Helena 

scottish design thistle print silk scarf by mairi helena scotland

So there we have it. A colour show of Scotland. A photographic gallery. An inspiration palette. A way to depict Scotland’s landscapes by rainbow colours.

I hope you enjoy!


scottish designer of luxury scarves by Mairi helena