From snow capped mountains to rolling valleys, dramatic cliff top castles to spectacular wildlife: Scotland’s stunning landscape really does have something for everyone. Here are 14 photos that prove it really is the most beautiful country in the world.
1. The Old Man of Storr, Skye.
The Storr is a craggy hill on the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The ‘Old Man’ is the tallest, spindle like peak on the Storr. If this shot looks familiar that may be due to the fact that several scenes of the Ridley Scott sci-fi movie Prometheus were filmed on the Storr.
2. Bow Fiddle Rock, Moray.
This fantastic arched rock can be found near Portknockie, a pretty coastal village in Moray in the North of Scotland. The quartzite structure is said to resemble the bow used to play a violin.
3. Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh.
The Forth Rail Bridge is the second longest single span bridge in the world. It stretches out over the wide Forth estuary, linking the capital city of Edinburgh with counties to the north.
4. The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney.
This stunning 6000 year old Neolithic stone circle in the far North of Scotland is aligned with the rising and setting sun. Like Stonehenge, it is believed to have served a religious purpose.
5. Dunnottar Castle.
This ruined Medieval fortress sits on a well-defended headland near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Its Scottish Gaelic name is Dùn Fhoithear, or “fort on the shelving slope”.
6. Holy Isle, Arran.
This small, secluded island in the middle of Arran’s largest loch has a long spiritual history. In the 6th century it was home to a hermit monk called St Molaise; it’s now the site of a Buddhist monastery.
7. The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye.
These magical pools on the Isle of Skye are famed for their deep blue color and are popular with wild swimmers, despite their icy temperature.
8. View from Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Calton Hill sits at the end of Edinburgh’s main street and is covered with iconic monuments such as the ancient Greek style old Royal High School and the City Observatory.
9. Village Bay, Hirta, St. Kilda.
St Kilda is an archipelago of islands in the Outer Hebrides. The largest is called Hirta, which is where you’ll find this majestic bay. There used to be a small village nearby but it has since been abandoned.
10. Eilean Donan Castle.
Possibly the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan sits on a small tidal island at the intersection of three lochs. It was built in the thirteenth century.
11. Dolphins, Moray Firth.
The chilly, beautiful waters of the Moray Firth in the North of Scotland play host to several species of whales and dolphins including bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoises and Minke whales.
Glencoe was carved into its current shape by glaciers during the last ice age. If you feel as if you’ve seen it recently you probably have: it was featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall.
13. Buachaille Etive Mòr.
This mountain’s name means ‘the great herdsman of Etive’. Shepherds believed that the huge mountain watched over their flocks as they grazed in nearby Glen Etive.
14. Northern Lights, Caithness.
You don’t have to go to Norway or the Arctic Circle to see the Aurora Borealis. You can also see the Lights in the North of Scotland, where they are also known as the ‘merry dancers’.
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