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12 Breathtaking Images of Scotland in Summer

Last summer might seem like a distant memory now, but after some joyful perusing of our VisitScotland Instagram account, all the memories came flooding back. The sunshine, the trips to the seaside, the mountaintop views – and that’s just a few of the things you lovely lot got up to. Ah, good times. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer!

Here is a selection of some of our favourite images shared on social media. Do you reckon you can take a better photo this year?

1. St Abbs, Scottish Borders

St Abbs is quite simply gorgeous. It makes for an idyllic day out with a lighthouse, crystal clear waters and a lovely circular walk to enjoy. You can drive there in about an hour from Edinburgh.

Find more information about St Abbs

2. Isle of May, Fife

Is there anything more adorable to look at than a group of puffins frolicking in the sunshine? We very much doubt it. The Isle of May becomes a summer holiday spot for these colourful little characters. Catch the boat from Anstruther Harbour.

Explore Isle of May

3. Isle of Tiree, Argyll & The Isles

On Tiree, it can get a trifle windy! With conditions for surfing and windsurfing to make Hawaii envious (probably) the isle also has some of the highest recorded hours of sunshine in the UK. You can reach the island from Oban on the ferry in four hours.

Plan your trip to Tiree

4. Great Cumbrae, Ayrshire & Arran

Take a slightly shorter ferry crossing – just eight minutes – and you can find yourself on another amazing island, Cumbrae! The ferry goes from Largs which is just over an hour’s drive or train journey from Glasgow.

Discover the amazing island of Cumbrae

5. Threave Castle, Dumfries & Galloway

The next two shots were taken by our very own VisitScotland photography team. Paddle out to Threave Castle to see a castle on its very own island. Just ring the bell and wait for your wee boat to arrive!

6. St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland

Since you are never more than 5 km from the sea on Shetland, the team thought it made sense to capture some shots from above using a drone. St Ninian’s Isle is one of the finest sand tombolos in Europe.

Learn more about St Ninian’s Isle and travelling to Shetland

7. Kilchurn Castle, Argyll & The Isles

Highland coos need to see all the sights too. Keep an eye out for our favourite animals as you explore Scotland.

Check where to see Highland coos in Scotland

8. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

Feel the magic of the beautiful Outer Hebrides, a place where you can discover all kinds of beaches, from the world-famous sands of Luskentyre (above) to the completely hidden, wild and deserted.

Plan your trip to the magical Outer Hebrides

9. Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

Barra’s beautiful Traigh Mhor beach is put to effective use – it doubles up as an airport landing strip!

Discover the tiny island of Barra 

10. Elgin Cathedral, Moray

Elgin, nestled in the malt whisky-loving lands of Moray Speyside, is one of our most charming, pretty and fascinating towns to visit, and it’s just a short train ride from Inverness.

Find out more about Elgin

11. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Our hilly capital is certainly not short of stunning viewpoints, and few are more rewarding than the panoramas you’ll see from the top of our extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Take a picnic!

Plan your visit to Arthur’s Seat

12. The Pools of Dee, Lairig Ghru

Longer days mean summer is the season to go exploring in amongst Scotland’s beautiful landscapes. The Cairngorms National Park has more lochs, valleys and glens than you could possibly imagine.

Explore Cairngorms National Park

Like what you see? Check out some of our favourite pics you can download onto your desktop.

Share your best summer snaps with us using #VisitScotland or #ScotlandisNow.

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