June was a busy month, with many of you capturing the magic of Scotland using only the sheer power of smartphones!
Thanks to talented users all over Scotland, our Instagram account overflowed with a glittering selection of pictures, from majestic mountains to wonderful wildlife and charming seaside retreats. Weâ€™ve greatly enjoyed flicking through them all, and choosing our top five #brilliantmoments was a very tricky decision indeed.
Read on to see Juneâ€™s top five. Â
Glencoe, the HighlandsÂ
@russell_davies stopped for a moment to embrace the tranquillity of Glencoe. He managed to take this cracking shot of an outdoor paradise, with lush green landscapes, bubbling rivers and towering hills in the background. The area is known to be a favourite among outdoor adventurers, and you can make your way past fascinating features including the Lagangarbh Hut and River Coupall pictured here, and venture through the heart of Glencoe along picturesque walking and cycling routes.
Glen Nevis, the Highlands
As you can see, Glen Nevis looks beautiful in the June sunshine and this photoâ€™s vibrant shades of green accentuates the textures and contours of the hilly landscape â€“ fabulous work by @officerlad!
A walk through Glen Nevis will lead you through the dramatic Nevis Gorge and to the Steall Falls, a place whereÂ you are never far from the watchful eye of Ben Nevis, Scotlandâ€™s tallest mountain. Did you know that this area is also a mountain biking mecca? Several of the Glen Nevis slopes are used during the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
Highland cows on Skye
This Highland coo looks cheerful, as he enjoys a delicious lunch of hay. @weencentt had the good fortune of meeting him on his travels through the Isle of Skye – you can find some more of these hairy beasts on the aptly named Trotternish region of the island.
Skye is also home to a plethora of wild flowers, a fairy-tale glen and magical rock pools, making it one of Scotlandâ€™s most romantic places.
Loch Etive, Argyll and Bute
The name Etive is believed to meanÂ â€˜little ugly oneâ€™, but this picture begs to differ! Over on the west coastÂ @rosstrippÂ and a friend enjoyed their lunch with stunning views over the large sea loch, captured here perfectly with the meandering paths, mountainous terrain and the lochâ€™s visible shape in distance. Not far from the town ofÂ Oban, walks around this spectacular area are perfectly complimented by some of the townâ€™s fresh seafood for dinner.
St Andrews, Fife
This smashing snap from @gordon_reid looks like a picture straight from a postcard, with blue skies, fluffy clouds and sandy beaches. The little university town, situated on the Fife coastline, is home to a crumbling castle, amazing ice-cream, quaint boutiques and the oldest golf course in the world. Thatâ€™s my weekend sorted.
Check out our #brilliantmoments wall for some more incredible pictures from around Scotland and keep sending in your snaps for July!
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