There is breath-taking scenery everywhere you look in Scotland. The variety of landscape is vast, from wild marshlands to gushing waterfalls and rocky, mountainous settings. The focus of this article is on nature as Scotland has some of the greatest natural beauty on the planet. However, it would be a true crime to leave out the city of Edinburgh and it would also most likely generate a few angry Scots, which we certainly don’t want to be doing.
A top tip: Always be ready for harsh weather conditions because Scotland has it all. But as the old Scottish saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.’ Although, those Scots are a lot tougher than most of us, so don’t go thinking you can tackle anything now in the right jacket! See here for more information on Scottish weather.
The highest mountain in the UK at 1,344 meters and one of Scotland’s greatest outdoor challenges, Ben Nevis offers a windy, yet gorgeous mountain climb to hikers from all over the world. The peak is snow-capped nearly all year round and provides some of the most spectacular, panoramic views of Scotland, stretching over the Grampian Mountain Range and towards the Atlantic Coast.
On the way north to Ben Nevis, just past Glasgow lies the stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Witness the raw wilderness and the Scottish countryside at its very best with breathtaking views of the freshwater loch. The area is also a haven for kayakers, windsurfers and other water sports enthusiasts who enjoy cruising about the vast lake.
This absolute gem of a region boasts arguably some of the most magnificent views in the northern hemisphere. Recently voted as the most romantic glen (a narrow valley) in Scotland, Glencoe is situated just south of Fort William (where Ben Nevis can be found) in the Scottish Highlands. The valley also has a lot of history and is home to one of Scotland’s worst atrocities, referred to as the massacre of Glencoe, in 1692. On a slightly lighter note, the top natural attractions here are plentiful; including Aonach Eagach, a rocky 10km ridge boasting panoramic views and two summits, and the Buachaille Etive Mòr Mountain, a climbers Mecca at the head of Glen Etive.
Isle of Skye
Connected to the Northwest of Scotland by a bridge, this picturesque island is renowned for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, and medieval castles. Hikers can enjoy scenic views of beautiful beaches, tall peaks, moorlands and trails that can be practically deserted in the low season. Visit the town of Portree first as a base for exploring the island and a chance to observe life on the famous natural harbor.
The historic capital just could not have been left out could it? To give you an idea of the history and the architectural beauty of Edinburgh, the city is made up of the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town and both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Worthwhile attractions include Edinburgh Castle, an ancient stronghold that overlooks the city and is home to some unmissable exhibits such as the Crown Jewels. Also if you haven’t had enough of nature and greenery already, the Royal Botanic Gardens are home to some lavish gardens and greenhouses that are certainly worth a visit.
And if you ever get lost when traveling around Scotland, don’t be afraid to ask a local. The Scots are amongst some of the nicest people on earth and will always go out of their way to help you. So load up the car, or book a flight and get ready to witness nature and history at its finest!
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