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August's brilliant moments, as seen on Instagram

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August is always an action-packed month in Scotland, with the Edinburgh Festivals taking over the capital city, bringing an eclectic concoction of performances, shows and exciting experiences to be had. And, going by August’s entries on our Instagram page, it looks like we’re not the only ones enjoying a few of summer’s final hurrahs.

It’s never an easy choice, but we’ve managed to whittle it down to five brilliant images, from fireworks and serene lochs to spectacular sea views.

Scroll down for some visual eye candy from around Scotland! 

@stephen_scot Edinburgh

Fireworks at Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh Festivals propelled the city into a colourful frenzy in August, and what better way to encompass the heart of the festivals than to finish it all off with a dynamic fireworks display. @stephen_scot managed to get into prime position for this fantastic picture, with the castle shadows contrasting against the vibrant sky, which is beautifully lit up by crimson fireworks.

@haggisthelord Loch Leven

Loch Leven, Ballachulish

@haggisthelord must have been pleased with himself when he captured this perfectly timed shot, showcasing the stunning sunset over Loch Leven in Ballachulish, in the Highlands. Lying beneath the shadows of the mighty peaks surrounding Glencoe, the serene sea loch is an awe-inspiring place to take in the views – and you might not be able to resist the urge to skim stones.

@ruairidhmcglynn Skye

The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye 

Characterised by dramatic mountain peaks, bubbling rivers and an intriguing sense of mystery, this shot from @ruairidhmcglynn truly captures the magic of Skye, looking across the Telford Bridge and towards the Black Cuillin, a challenging mountain range. A vigorous hike up these slopes will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views, often laced with Skye’s signature swirling mist.

@what_bry_sees Loch Awe

Loch Awe, Argyll & The Isles

Looking for some peace and quiet? @what_bry_sees sent us this snap of the lovely Loch Awe, which shows off the scenic landscape of Argyll, complete with mirror–like water revealing stunning reflections, framed by lush green trees. The loch is a favourite spot among fishermen and it is also home to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Kilchurn Castle, at the north east end of the loch.

@catherinezoraido Torrisdale Bay

Torrisdale Bay, the Highlands

From pony trekkers to surfers, this mile-long beach is a haven for all those who love to be beside the seaside. @catherinezoraida is one them; she shares her moment at the coast with this cracking pic of Torrisdale Bay, on the northerly coast of Sutherland in the Highlands. This is no ordinary beach, with hidden ancient cairns, a centuries-old castle nearby and some of Scotland’s biggest sand dunes.

Feeling inspired to get snap happy? Share with us your best September pictures using the hashtag #brilliantmoments! For more Instagram goodness, check out our page which is overflowing with smashing scenes from around Scotland.

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