Scotland is home to some of the nicest places in the world to visit when your over this side of town. Here is a list of our top 12 favourite.
Historic and atmospheric, the site of Scotland’s most infamous massacre is now a Hollywood scene stealer. Dramatic mountains, rushing waterfalls and whitewashed cottages create the idyllic Highland backdrop.
2. Loch Ness
Stretching for 23 miles and surrounded by picturesque villages, mountains and the ruins of Urquhart Castle, no wonder the elusive Nessie decided to take up residence here!
3. Forth Bridge
Spanning the Firth of Forth, this rail bridge links Edinburgh and the Lothians with Fife. Due to its distinctive red colour and huge proportions, this engineering marvel is one of Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks.
4. The Kelpies
these two mystical horse heads tower over the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk and are the largest equine sculptures in the world. With shimmering steel features they are quickly becoming one of Scotland’s most photographed attractions.
5. Fairy Pools, Skye
Their name alone conjures up some enchanting imagery and they don’t disappoint in real life. Cascading waterfalls through carved rock which empty into vivid turquoise pools makes this a magical place to visit.
6. Corryvreckan whirlpool
The third largest whirlpool in the world is a spectacular natural phenomenon which lies between the Isles of Jura and Scarba. Specialised boat tours are the best way to get up close to this bubbling cauldron of water.
7. Edinburgh Castle
Perched high on an ancient craggy stronghold overlooking the capital city, Edinburgh Castle is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the country and home to some impressive exhibits including the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
8. Cairngorms National Park
The largest national park in the UK is famed for its unspoilt beauty and native Scottish wildlife. This area of natural wilderness is also home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland.
9. Finnich Glen
A strange yet stunning natural gorge said to be used for Druid rituals and secret meetings by Covenanters. The bright green moss covering the walls provides an otherworldly backdrop and the water flowing through the red sandstone can resemble a river of blood.
10. Holy Isle
Located in the Firth of Clyde you will find a little bit of Tibet in Scotland complete with prayer flags and stupas. With an ancient spiritual heritage dating back to the 6th century it is currently home to a Buddhist community and retreat.
11. The Ring of Bodgar
The third largest and one of the finest stone circles in the UK can be found on Orkney and dates back to around 2500 – 2000 BC. An iconic feature of the island, the reason for its existence still remains a mystery.
12. Luskentyre beach
Last but not least it’s time to relax on the beach. While Scotland has more stunning stretches of sand than you can shake a bucket and spade at, Luskentyre Beach on Harris has been voted one of the best in the world and I think you can see why.