Scotland is an amazing place, a country steeped in history and full of charm. The atmosphere is unique, thanks to its fairy tales, legends and ghost stories, as well as its beautiful landscapes and must-see places. The places to visit in Scotland are innumerable, we offer a top 10 of the best.
Capital of Scotland, seat of the Scottish Parliament, the city of Edinburgh is as rich in history as it is beautiful. Join the castle through the Royal Mile to admire the whole city, and you’ll know we’re right. If you want more details, check out our article on Edinburgh, all the charm of Scotland in one city.
To get there, you have to take the ferry to Mallaig or cross the bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh, but Skye, the “Isle of Clouds” is definitely worth a visit. Because the entire island is beautiful and is full of incredible and magical landscapes. Like Niest Point, or Fairy Pools, the pools of the fairies, with its expanses of water and its waterfalls. The weather can sometimes be capricious, being in the middle of the Highlands, but the climate is usually quite mild.
The Outlander series has a beautiful generic on the music “Skye Boat”. Season 1 takes place in Scotland and the landscapes are breathtaking, just like in the movie “Macbeth”.
The largest Scottish Loch by its surface is also considered one of the most beautiful wonders of Scotland. Mysterious waters surrounded by a huge forest ideal for hiking. Stroll along the water’s edge or in the forest to discover the mysteries of this enchanted place.
A superb medieval town whose castle offers a breathtaking view of the city. Also in Sterling is the William Wallace monument, a superb tower to honor the famous Scottish hero. You can also visit the Church of the Holy Cross, exceptional by its frame and its bell tower. Strolling in Sterling will undoubtedly plunge you into the Scottish atmosphere.
The Old Man of Storr
A Scottish icon, located on the Isle of Skye. We know that you have already heard about this island, but this pinnacle standing upright on a mountainside is so remarkable that we thought it deserved a place in its own right in this top. Believe us, this high-rise hike is simply amazing.
Glen Coe is a famous valley, rich in history and one of the most beautiful regions of the country. Bright colors, forests, and small mountains. A perfect setting for a stroll in the heart of the Highlands, or go climbing. Little anecdote, we shot several scenes of Skyfall and Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. You will also find the charming village of Gencoe.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the most populated. A charming industrial city. As you stroll, you will find many museums and a beautiful cathedral, as well as a medieval university which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Scotland.
Very close to Glencoe, this loch is truly majestic. Its particularity is that a castle in ruins stands on an island on the lake. A remnant of the 14th century is famous because Queen Mary of Scotland was imprisoned there.
You could not make a top of the most beautiful places in Scotland without including the famous Loch Ness. On the north shore, you can see Urquhart Castle, but it is above all the famous Loch Ness monster that makes the place famous, a mythical creature that has been talked about since the 6th century. You may meet Nessie while strolling around.
Palace of Scone
Scotland is a country with castles and mansions everywhere, but the Scone Palace is without a doubt one of the most beautiful. Built in 1808 in red stone, the building is a perfect example of Georgian Gothic style. The castle is built on the site of the Abbey of Scone which was the coronation place of the kings of Scotland. In the gardens of the palace you will find a replica of the stone of destiny, on which the sovereigns had to sit down to become king. You will also meet some albinos peacocks !
Of course, there are plenty of other places you can explore in Scotland and do not hesitate to tell us which ones you enjoyed the most if you have ever visited Scotland.