Scotland's best views

Scotland’s Best Views

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Scotland is a small country, but has some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the British Isles – from the ancient mountains of the Highlands, to rolling agricultural lowlands, from beautiful, historic, stone-built cities, to old Caledonian forests and a long, craggy coastline with fascinating geology and long, golden-white beaches.

There is so much to see and do here, but for those with only a limited time in this ever-changing and majestic country, here are some of the very best places to go to get some of the very best views:

Visiting the Capital? Climb Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. A steep but fairly easy walk will lead you to through Holyrood Park and up to the summit. It is well worth the effort to puff your way up the hill, as at the top you will be rewarded by stunning 360 degree views of the city, the Firth of the river Forth, and the Kingdom of Fife beyond.

Drive across Rannoch Moor, to Glencoe. The A82 carves its way across this strange, wild, high boggy plateau, with wide views to mountains all around. This road across the moor, and as it turns the corner and goes into Glencoe, gives you some stunning, dramatic vistas of the surrounding mountains, over the mist-covered lochans.

Ride the funicular railway to the top of Cairngorm Mountain. This mountain is near Aviemore, in the north of the Cairngorms National Park. This is the UKs highest funicular railway. In winter, this is a popular ski resort, but in summer it is still popular with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Ptarmigan restaurant at the summit is accessible for all ages, abilities and fitness levels, and gives spectacular panoramic views over towards Ben Nevis and Ben Hope, and Loch Morlich far below.

Bealach-na-Ba is the mountain pass used to reach the remote community of Applecross, on the West Coast. This extremely steep and winding pass is not to be attempted by timid drivers, but those who do carefully drive this road are rewarded, in both directions, by long, wide views across rugged mountainous terrain, and across the sea to the Isle of Skye.

Rest and Be Thankful is the name used for the A83 road as it climbs through the high land of the Arrochar Alps. There is a large picnic spot at the top – be sure to stop here and take some photographs of the grand sweeps of the mountains and glens all around you.

Great views can be had, on a clear day of course, from virtually any mountain or point of high ground in Scotland. There are many, many gobsmackingly fantastic viewpoints that we have not even touched on here. There may be a lot of wet weather here, but as the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Scotland… wait five minutes! The ever-changing climatic conditions just add to the natural beauty of this country, so get out into the great outdoors, and see Scotland for yourself.

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