The Best Scenery in Scotland
Where to Find the Best Scenery in Scotland.
If you’re looking for a scenic adventure, Scotland has it all. Uniquely carved landscapes, idyllic islands, and wildly gorgeous greenery can all be found in abundance within our wee country. Here are four of our favourite scenic locations, featuring a national park, a famous glen and a remote island.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Less than two-hours drive from Edinburgh, and under one-hour from Glasgow, you can be immersed in the natural beauty of Scotland’s most popular national park. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is home to gorgeous scenery from every loch, ben and glen. The area is, of course, centred around our famous Loch Lomond; the UK’s largest freshwater loch. We recommend you climb Conic Hill, from the village of Balmaha, for beautiful views of the loch and its row of islands that mark the Highland Boundary Fault Line (the geological divide between the Highlands and Lowlands).
For something more challenging, choose from any of the twenty-one Munros or join one of the many long-distance walking routes that traverse the park. Equally, if you’re looking for someone else to take charge of your day hill walking adventure, so you spend all your attention taking in the views, check out the guided walking packages that Intrepidus Outdoors provides.
We would also encourage you to visit the picturesque village of Killin and the popularly photographed Falls of Dochart. If you prefer getting up close and personal with waterfalls, take a refreshing dip in the pool below the Falls of Falloch. Finish your day with live music and a hearty meal at the historic Drovers Inn.
Further north of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, is one of Scotland’s most iconic and evocative landscapes. Waterfalls cascade from imposing peaks through the crevices of the rock, giving Glencoe its name, which translates as the ‘weeping glen’. The name also reflects the sad history of the area, which saw members of the MacDonald clan murdered during the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.
Volcanic activity and glaciation formed the deep and dramatic glen, which has been featured in scenes from Hollywood films Rob Roy, Braveheart, James Bond and Harry Potter. Instil some calm with a walk around the serenely beautiful Glencoe Lochans or hike through the glen and up into the Lost Valley. Those experienced in the mountains, who are feeling more hardcore, can expel copious amounts of adrenaline by tackling the Aonach Eagach or Curved Ridge. Rest your head at the Clachaig Inn, where Highland hospitality is served alongside haggis and whisky.
Lewis & Harris.
Lewis & Harris is the jewel of the Hebrides, and the largest of Scotland’s isles. Lewis – to the north – boasts barren landscapes which are wrapped in rugged coastline and vast beaches. The Butt of Lewis is the most northerly and dramatic point on the island, where huge waves crash against the sea cliffs. The stunning expanse of Uig beach is where the Lewis Chessmen were discovered, and you’ll love the scenic drive to get there.
Venture south to Harris, where striking mountains with gnarly peaks rise before you; a gateway to the paradise which lies beyond. West Harris is famed for its pristine white-sand beaches and vibrant turquoise sea; Luskentyre and Seilebost will blow you away! The east coast is a complete contrast, but equally as striking. Drive the Golden Road to experience a landscape which is commonly compared to the surface of the moon. Visit Croft 36 at the south of the island to pick up homemade pies, pastries and soup; all are served in a wooden hut and paid for by means of an honesty system. Amazing!
The east coast of Scotland is just as beautiful as the west – it’s just a bit rougher around the edges. If rugged seaside scenery is your thing, the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail is calling. Dunnottar Castle is perched dramatically on a clifftop, just outside the town of Stonehaven. This iconic medieval fortress would fit nicely into a scene from Game of Thrones, or onto your Instagram feed. Further north, you’ll discover a series of charming villages which are nestled into the cliff side. Crovie is arguably the most picture perfect, while fans of the Scottish cult classic ‘Local Hero’ will