As Scotland’s population turns out to vote today in the Scottish Independence Referendum we turn our thoughts to some of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland. Each of these hotspot locations showcase the serene beauty and tranquil wonders of scenic Scotland. They are also the perfect spots for contemplating the vote – and whatever the outcome is.
Most scenic places in Scotland
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.
Solitude on the Glen Affric Trail
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 a lower level, take a walk into stunning Glen Nevis.
Walkers head towards Ben 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.
One of the many stunning beaches on Harris / Lewis
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: 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.
The majestic view over Loch Lomond from the West Highland Way
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.
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?
The magnificent Black Cuillin of Skye
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** This is an updated version of a post originally published in September 2014**