Cycling, West Highland Way

Celebrating… Scotland’s beautiful places

18 Sep , 2014  

As Scotland’s population turns out to vote today in the Scottish Independence Referendum we turn our thoughts to some of the country’s scenic highlights.

We’re not going to debate the Yes or No vote here because that is for individuals to decide. We simply thought that with everyone focusing on this beautiful country that it would be fun to highlight some amazing get-away-from-it-all locations.

Each of these hotspot locations showcases the serene beauty and tranquil wonders of Scotland. They are also the perfect spots for contemplating the vote – and the outcome.

Glen Affric in autumn: Whatever the time of year this Highlands glen offers spectacular views. In autumn, it dazzles the eyes with a multitude of bright colours. You could walk to gorgeous Dog Falls, enjoy a picnic by Coire Loch and climb higher to take in the beautiful glen views. See Forestry Commission Scotland Glen Affric.

See Ben Nevis: A walking tour of the West Highland Way finishes in Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, where you will catch sight of the great mountain, Ben Nevis. This is the UK’s tallest mountain and offers a superb walk. If you fancy staying at lower level, take a walk into stunning Glen Nevis.

Pristine beaches: There are so many fabulous beaches to choose from in Scotland but some of our highlight places include Yellowcraigs in East Lothian, Sandwood Bay in Sutherland and the beaches on the isles of Harris and Tiree.

Talking of islands: Another tough choice is the best spots to go in the Scottish islands. Perhaps you could visit a few on a Scottish Island Hopscotch cycling holiday. Other fabulous islands are found in Orkney. Perhaps a Walking and Wildlife trip is for you? And a favourite get-away isle is Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides.

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill. Pic credit: Simon.Hedge on Flickr

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill. Pic credit: Simon.Hedge on Flickr

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill: A rewarding walk on its own or a high point when hiking the West Highland Way, Conic Hill boasts mesmerising views of one of Scotland’s most iconic Lochs, Loch Lomond.

Falls in love: Waterfalls are another natural wonder of Scotland and there are a great many. One waterfall that is often voted as the best is the Falls of Glomach. Tumbling from a height of 371ft, the Falls are one of Britain’s highest. Also known as The Gloomy Falls, you can reach this fabulous place on a short walk from Dorusduain village, close to Loch Duich in Ross-shire.

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South Glen Shiel Ridge.

On a high: If you have the energy ­– and the expertise – you could hike on high on one of Scotland’s fabulous mountain ridges. Favourites include the South Glen Shiel Ridge, the Ridge of the Five Sisters of Kintail and An Teallach. For more view-tastic exposure how about the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe or the feistiest of them all, the Cuillin on the Isle of Skye?

Tell us your favourite escape route locations in Scotland.

A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.