Are you planning to tour Scotland and wondering which is the perfect place to visit in Scotland for landscapes and scenic beauty? Finding a beautiful place in Scotland is not a difficult task as the country has a number of beautiful places and each place has so much to offer. From majestic mountains, Viaduct, lochs, waterfalls and breathtaking beaches, Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries you would ever visit.
In this article, we have listed the top 10 most beautiful places to visit in Scotland including those you have seen before in movie or tv series.
10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Scotland
1. Glenfinnan Viaduct
The famous viaduct situated 30 minutes from Fort William, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is one of the mesmerizing and also one of the most popular places to visit in Scotland. Over 300,000 tourists visit this place every year to experience the scenic beauty. As you all know, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is the same bridge shown in the Harry Potter movies.
You can experience the Viaduct either from outside or within the train.
Monday to Sunday
- Fort William - 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM and 12:45 PM to 13:30 PM
- Mallaig - 14:10 PM to 15:30 PM and 17:50 PM to 18:05 PM
- Fort William - 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM from and 14:40 AM to 15:25 PM
- Mallaig - 14:10 PM to 15:30 PM and 18:40 PM to 19:45 PM
How To Reach: You can reach here by renting a campervan or via Jacobite train.
2. Loch Shiel
Situated at the northwest of Highlands, Scotland, Loch Shiel is a narrow lake that spreads up to 17 miles. As you reach upwards, towards the Glenfinnan, there is a mountain surrounded which gives a beautiful scenic view. Loch Shiel is another famous location shown in the Harry Potter movies. The place was shown in Harry Potter in the Goblet fire during the underwater task.
The Hogwarts castle was digitally added on the hill situated above Loch shiel lake. The place is quite a center of attraction among Harry Potter fans and also those who love hiking.
How To Reach: Reach here via bus or take a train from Glenfinnan.
3. Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye
There are plenty of waterfalls in the Isle of Skye but Meat Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls to visit in Scotland. The Meat Falls is situated on the Trotternish Peninsula. The waterfalls can be seen falling from the cliff of the mountain which is around 60 m long. What makes this water more special is the mesmerizing scenic beauty.
Apart from this, the Isle of Skye has several other places to visit for scenic beauty and landscape views.
Best Time to Visit: April to June
How To Reach: You can easily reach here from the Sky Bridge. Another option is, to take a drive from Portree to Kilt Rock and park your car there.
4, Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris is situated at the Northwest of the outer Hebrides where 100 mile long islands are situated. There is a wide range of landscapes to experience scenic beauty. On the west coast of this Island, you can see picturesque beaches while the north side has large mountains. While Visiting the Isle of Harris, you can also find over 3,000 years old rocks on the east coast.
The major attraction of the Isle of Harris is the breathtaking beaches, magnificent mountains, and peaceful atmosphere.
Best Time to Visit: April to October
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
How To Reach: You can easily Reach the Isle of Harris either through ferry, bus, or by air. There are several routes to reach here by ferry.
Another option is to take a bus from the western isle. The buses usually run from Monday to Saturday.
If you are willing to reach here by flight, then take a flight from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, or the Isle of Barra.
5. An Lochan Uaine, Cairngorms National Park
Situated in one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland “Aviemore”, An Lochan Uaine is a hidden gem having beautiful loch and green waters. It is believed that the water took its colors from local fairies who use to wash their clothes. However, the truth behind this mysterious color is due to the reflection of pine trees surrounding the small loch and also due to algae present in the water.
Best Time to Visit: September
How To Reach: An Lochan Uaine is a few minutes' walk away from Glenmore Visitor Center. You can easily reach here by following route signs.
6. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is another beautiful place to visit in Scotland known for its landscapes view. The top tourist attractions at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park include forests, lochs and coastlines.
The place also contains various historical places including ruined castles, villages, and some archaeological discoveries. The national park has plenty of things to do including boating, camping and mountaineering at Conic hill and many more.
A place worth visiting for nature lovers as well as for those looking for adventurous trip in Scotland
Best Time to Visit: Spring, Early Autumn and Summer
Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
How To Reach: Reach here via train, bus, car, coach or via ferry. Take the train from Glasgow to Balloch or Glasgow to Oban/Fort William, whichever is convenient. In case you wish to go via coach, take the route going towards Fort William or Skye from Glasgow. Another route via coach is Oban to Campbeltown.
7. Ben Nevis
The famous mountain range of Scotland situated in the northwest of Highlands, Ben Nevis is visited by more than 120,000 tourists every year. If you are looking for a place with beautiful landscapes and scenic views in Scotland then you must include Ben Nevis in your list.
In the ancient Gaelic language, Ben Nevis means "Mountain with its head in the Clouds". It is also referred to as a "venomous mountain" as the mountain was once an active volcano around a million years ago.
There are two routes to reach the top of Ben Nevis. The first one is the tourist track which is most preferred by the walkers. Meanwhile another route "Carn Mor Dearg Arête" is mostly preferred by experienced hikers as it is more challenging.
Best Time to Visit: Summer Season
How To Reach: Reach here via car from Glasgow within 2 to 3 hours or from Edinburgh within 3 to 4 hours. Another option is to grab a train from Glasgow to Fort William or take the city link bus service from the city of Glasgow.
8. Loch Ness
If you love getting close to nature and wildlife, then you must include Loch Ness on your top list while visiting Scotland. Don't forget to keep a camera as here you can spot red squirrels, golden eagles, and many more amazing creatures.
Loch Ness is quite famous due to various mythology related to a monster that lives within the dark waters. While in Loch Ness, enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and opt for cycling or take a horse ride on the 360 Trail circular route.
Best Time to Visit: May to September
How To Reach: Catch a train from
Queen street which will take you to Inverness within 3.5 hours. After reaching Inverness, grab any of the local buses to complete the remaining route.
9. Devil’s Pulpit, Finnich Glen Near Killearn
Also listed among the top things to do in Scotland, the Devil's Pulpit lies 100 ft beneath Finnich Glen. As you reach downwards from Jacob's ladder, you will see a Carnock Burn which appears as red water.
The red color water is created due to the passing of rainwater over the red stone. This place is quite picturesque and adventurous. You will end up spending hours in Devil's Pulpit and not get bored.
Best Time to Visit: July to August
How To Reach: Finnich Glen is easily accessible from Loch Lomond, 9 minutes away from Edinburgh city and 13 minutes away from the city of Glasgow.
You can reach here by hiring a private vehicle via public transport such as a bus. The bus will drop you around a 20 to 25 min walk away from the Finnich Glen.
10. Gruinard Bay
Gruinard Bay is a beach with crystal clear water and fine sands. The place is surrounded by hills which gives a beautiful landscape view. The beach is a major center of attraction among geologists due to various rare rock species. There are plenty of things to do at this beach including fishing, hillwalking, as well as golfing.
How To Reach: Reach here via bus from Inverness or Ullapool.