Scotland is a rugged landscape made up of low lochs, glacial glens, rolling hilltops, and high mountains. Whether you are looking to explore the breathtaking landscapes, soak up the local culture or visit the historical centers, Scotland is a land of attractions and raw beauty. Here are some of the best places to visit in Scotland that are off the beaten track.
The Great Glen
Also known as Glen Albyn, the Great Glen runs over 60 miles diagonally across Scotland from Inverness to the edge of Moray Firth. Along this natural geological fault there are countless beautiful lochs that dot the landscape, including the famous Loch Ness and Loch Lachy. Along the Great Glen, you can see some of the most breathtaking spots in the Scottish wilderness as well as many castle ruins like Inverlochy castle and Urquhart castle.
This castle was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scotts and lies at the border of the Scottish lowlands and the highlands. This historical castle was a stronghold during Scotland’s wars of independence and has stood for centuries.
This is the spot where William Wallace defeated the British at Stirling bridge and tourists can visit the castle and its museums and find out all about the historical treasure.
The Isle of Skye
here visitors can see amazing natural wonders and the dramatic landscapes unique to the area. Make sure to visit the fairy pools, a beautiful collection of crystal clear pools and waterfalls that rest at the feet of the Cuillin mountains.
The island is also home to Dunvegan, the ancestral home of the clan MacLeod and the oldest continually occupied castle in all of Scotland. This fortress is steeped in legend and lore and a must-see on any tour of the island.