Home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, Scotland’s enchanting landscape attracts millions of tourists each year, all seeking to experience this beautiful country for themselves, including some great scenic wonders.
Whether you are planning on a taking a staycation closer to home, a solo adventure, or travelling to Scotland inspired by some of the latest and greatest television and global blockbusters released in recent times, here are 7 enchanting Scottish wonders from across the length and breadth of this ‘bonnie’ part of the world.
1. Callanish Standing Stones
We start with a look at the most famous Scottish wonder to make our list full of enchanting sights, the Callanish Standing Stones.
On the spectacularly scenic island of Lewis, part of the Grand Outer Hebrides, the wonderful Callanish Standing Stones are a great monolithic island landmark.
One of Scotland’s great magical sights, the Standing Stones, found on the west coast of the island, was once a mysterious ritual site on the island.
Over 5,000 years old, this is one of the most photographed spots in the entire country.
Still shrouded in the mysterious, this great Outer Hebridean highlight is a must for any traveller whether island-hopping or seeking memorable holiday experiences that will last a lifetime.
2. Dunnottar Castle
In the North East of Scotland, the ruins of former fortress Dunnottar Castle rests rather dramatically on a cliff edge.
Beyond the ledge, the cliff gives way, plunging several metres into the often rough North Sea.
Extremely close to the town of Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle is just under 20 miles from the famous ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen.
Offering a great selection of resturants and shops, the city also has convenient transport links that can take you into the heart of Royal Deeside, home to some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes, ideal for exploring on foot or by bike.
3. Fairy Glen
Found high above the village of Uig, the Glen is in many ways Skye in miniature, displaying all the best beautiful natural elements of this famous island, even featuring its own loch.
Hilly with natural walking routes flowing between mounds, the famous Fairy Glen is extremely picturesque and a great place to take a stroll.
Bit of Trivia – Despite its name, fairies have yet to be spotted in the Glen!
A key landmark in the glen, a huge rock pillar rises high above the surrounding mounds looking out across the glen.
4. Fairy Pools
A series of lovely waterfalls, Skye’s Fairy Pools are famed for their stunning setting and clear-blue waters.
An option for holidaymakers willing to brave the cold Scottish water, taking a dip in the pools is popular with visitors during the warmer months.
Easily reached thanks to a conveniently placed car park, the walking route to the Pools takes around 30 minutes to reach the first of the waterfalls at the Fairy Pools.
5. Mountains of Glencoe
The striking mountains at Glencoe are some of Scotland’s oldest natural landmarks, over 300 million years old.
On the glen’s northern side, the vast Aonach Eagach ridge links this mountain range together, including two Munros should you wish to bag yourself some of the great, recognised Scottish peaks.
Boasting great names, the mountains Buachaille Etive Mòr and Buachaille Etive Beag are often the first sight visitors to Glencoe are welcomed by.
6. Hoy Sea Stack
Standing adrift off the island of Hoy, part of Orkney, the striking Old Man of Hoy rises over 400 foot.
Shaped by the sea, the seastack is often celebrated as Orkney’s most famous landmark.
Best reached by following a walking route that can be challenging at times, the energy used to reach this dramatic Scottish wonder is well worth the reward.
Requiring some forward planning, there are some great picnic spots around the coastline where you can admire the seastack, rugged coastline, and look down across the sea in search of the Scottish mainland.
7. Rannoch Moor
Stepping into the spectacular Scottish wilderness in Perthshire is one of the great experiences on offer in Scotland.
This vast stretch of moorland is an ideal Scottish walking destination.
Close to Loch Rannoch, you will encounter streams and huge portions of boggy landscape.
A great photography spot, this is another of Scotland’s great wonders. Near to the Moor, the Perthshire village of Kinloch Rannoch is a notable filming location used for the mega-hit television series Outlander.
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