Scotland is a land of history, filled with miles upon miles of magnificent scenery, complete with towering mountain ranges, dozens of island chains, coastal cliffs, dense foliage, and miles of white sand beaches. Its food is as fresh as its air and the country’s terrain makes for a stunning experience that you should not miss if you haven’t already been.
With that said, we’ve put together this article on reasons why Scotland should be on the top of your list of places to see. It’s important to note that if you’re flying in, it may be worthwhile investigating about car hire at Edinburgh Airport to get from A to B, as the distance between a lot of these points is anything but walkable!
Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit
Scotland’s longest loch and the one that intrigues the most with tales of what lies beneath. Its sheer scale and endless views are best appreciated from this Highland stronghold. The protected castle ruins lend themselves perfectly to photos.
Eilean Donan, near Kyle of Lochalsh
For many people this iconic view of a castle on an island is Scotland. The ramparts offer their own amazing outlook to the Isle of Skye and the romantic history of the castle itself completes the picture.
Travelling south from Fort William, the magnitude of the surrounding scenery is overwhelming. The Glencoe Visitor Centre graphically recounts the Campbells’ massacre of the MacDonalds nearby but even that cannot detract from this glen’s scenic beauty.
Ben Eighe from Torridon
The competition is strong but the mountain landscapes around Torridon are considered by many to be Scotland’s best. Ben Eighe rises up through the valley as the road wends its way south, passing one spectacular setting after another.
The Queen’s View, Loch Tummel, near Pitlochry
A viewpoint with the royal approval of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who never tired of its aspect towards Loch Tummel and the Schiehallion mountain. A visitor centre and car park make it even easier to enjoy today.
Tarbert, Harris, The Hebrides
All the views are good here. For one that sums up the Hebridean Isles, head south from Tarbert for the dazzlingly white sands hugging the coastline and views to the island of Taransay and the mountains of Harris.
Scott’s View, Gattonside, Scottish Borders
A favourite spot for one of Scotland’s favourite sons, author and poet Sir Walter Scott. Pause here, as he did, for inspiration, the wonderful sweep of the River Tweed leading to the Eildon Hills beyond.
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
Road and rail travellers on the east coast are met at Stonehaven by this stunning castle. Mainly in ruin, it stands proud on its clifftop promontory against the sea. Franco Zeffirelli filmed much of Mel Gibson’s “Hamlet” here.
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
Orkney blends with the sea and the sky, a place of standing stones and ancient civilisations, so don’t miss the Old Man of Hoy on your trip to the island for incredible views over Rackwick Bay.
The archipelago’s coastline is the thing here – about 1,500 kilometres of it! The exposed headland of Eshaness offers some cracking views and a great place to start a walk. The crashing waves set the red granite cliffs off perfectly.
What are you waiting for?!
The country of Scotland is one of our favourites for driving. Scotland is most likely a small and confusing place when you visit from another country. But don’t let that discourage you, and make your trip to the Highlands one to remember!