November’s weather was unexpectedly warm wasn’t it? Even with the clocks changing at the end of October and the nights getting that bit darker you were all tempted outdoors by the beautiful weather – and we’ve got the Instagram pictures to prove it!
Forget the grey skies and frosts that usually accompany the winter months, our Instagram was filled with beautiful green landscapes, pink and orange sunsets and even some colourful festive lights.
We’ve loved seeing all your #brilliantmoments, and sharing our favourite snaps as our photo of the day, but just in case you missed any of them here are our five picks from November’s stunning selection. Enjoy!
Galloway Forest Park is famous for its crystal clear night skies, and was the first place in the UK to be awarded Dark Sky Park status. Here @gaz_hamilton captures another side to this beautiful park and showcases Clatteringshaws Loch bathed in a gorgeous sunset. If you’re planning to soak up the dark skies at the park this winter, it’s worth having a think about arriving that wee bit earlier. You might just get the chance to enjoy stunning views like this one.
We love the raw beauty of The Quiraing, in the Trotternish area of Skye, showcased in all its glory in this stunning snap by @aiqb1. Regarded by many as one of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland, The Quiraing features famous rock formations known as the Prison, Needle and Table. Follow the paths for some of the best views of Skye there is. Take care on those cliff edges though, and don’t forget your camera!
As if Dunnottar Castle’s clifftop location wasn’t majestic enough, @samuelglass93 has snapped the famous ruins surrounded by turquoise skies and bathed in glorious sunshine. Visit the castle, located near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, and imagine what life was like in the 1600s, when this great castle held out against the might of Oliver Cromwell’s army for eight months and protected the Scottish crown jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland, from destruction.
We love the dreamy colours and clear reflection that @carolinewalker21 has captured in this beautiful picture – the surface of Loch Leven must have been like glass! Visit this stunning sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, and soak in the majestic Highland landscapes before enjoying some hot food in a cosy pub or restaurant.
You’ll find plenty of festive fun at this time of year, as @pat_and_a_cat shows us with this great snap of St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, taken during the opening weekend of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Enjoy a skate in the square’s brand new oval ice rink, browse the charming market stalls and tuck into some delicious festive food and drink. Ice skating is just one of the great things there is to do in Scotland this winter. Check out our A to Z of Winter in Scotland for exciting activities and unique events taking place around the country. You could be ceilidh dancing, meeting reindeer, tantalising your tastebuds or watching a torchlit procession before you know it – remember to share your pics with us afterwards too!
Think you’ve got what it takes to have one of your snaps featured as our photo of the day? Share your photos of Scotland with us on Instagram, using the hashtag #brilliantmoments, and let us know what you’ve been up to. Who knows, your picture might even make it into our December round up!