This forum seems like a lucky find! I’m an American drone op/cinematographer coming over to Scotland to visit family in November. I’ll be doing a week through Skye/Inverness as well, and of course will be attempting to do as much drone videography along the way - but as a hobbyist, non-commercial (did the operator/flyer ID already) as it’s not worth going through the process for a week for what is ultimately personal footage anyway.
I was hoping that those of you with experience in the Glencoe/Loch Ness/Sky area could give me some pointers - I’ve been doing all the research I can and trying to keep track of what’s Forestry Land vs National Trust vs Private Landowner and trying to determine who the owners are… but ultimately it’s hard to keep track of, and I know that when doing the drive I’ll ultimately see things on the side of the road that are worth a stop.
So if anyone is willing to give pointers to figuring this out in those areas, it would be much appreciated. I’m going to get UK insured no matter what, so that’s not an issue.
Is there any realistic chance of being approved by NTS for Glencoe, with a reasonable flight plan, if it’s a non-commercial 20 minute flight? (And does anyone know of good places for this, as best I can figure is to go to some of the ‘viewpoints’, and go 50 yards from the carpark for takeoff, and know where the hiking trails are to avoid overflight).
Is this moot now? I saw the 10 pound fee, then I see people saying that’s outdated. I totally get why they wouldn’t want anyone to go there, it would annoy the hell out of me if I owned the land, but hard to pass up if it’s a possibility on the way to Mallaig.
Pretty clueless on a lot of this land ownership despite using ScotLIS, especially around Storr.
Cliffs around Skye:
Does this qualify as owned by the king if it’s water-adjacent?
Urquhart/Ness, Eilean Donan, and any other small castles along the way:
Would it be safe to assume that these are not as much of a problem in November in a “take off a few hundred yards down a loch and stay 50 yards away” capacity, or do they really dislike this legally? Those sort of areas that feel grey-ish would be great if someone could clarify. Or is Historic Environment Scotland reasonable with requests? It throws me off a little that they mention needing the CAA operational authorization for permission, but does that sort of authorization differ from regular personal use? (In the US, it’s Pt.107 Commercial or it’s Hobbyist TRUST and it’s pretty black and white.)
That’s a lot longer of a question than I intended to ask, but I do greatly appreciate any help. And if anyone wanted to meet along the way at any point, I’ll be easy to spot as the idiot wearing the tartan hat with the red hair poking out you find in all the gift shops. (That’s not true.)