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September’s brilliant moments, as seen on Instagram

As the autumn leaves start to fall and the days become a little shorter, here at VisitScotland it’s time to reflect on September’s #brilliantmoments on Instagram.

It was wonderful to witness some sensational events come to life on our screens, in a month which saw the highly anticipated Ryder Cup arrive in Perthshire and a magnificent display of birthday fireworks over the Forth Bridges.

As ever, the sheer volumes of Instagram eye candy from all corners of Scotland made the choice very tricky, but we finally managed to select September’s best bits.

Scroll down to see our top five.

@aycleary - Traigh Beach

Traigh Beach, near Morar

@aycleary was lucky enough to stumble across Traigh Beach, near Morar and Mallaig on Scotland’s west coast. Here, you’ll discover a beach comber’s paradise and some revitalising walks in the fresh air. This shot shows the diverse mixture of the coastline, with its coarse machair, grassy edges, sparkling sands and mountainous Highlands terrain framing the backdrop.

@ed1nbur6h - Forth Bridges Festival

Forth Bridges Festival

It’s been 50 years since the wonderful feat of engineering, the Forth Road Bridge, was built in Scotland connecting the areas of Edinburgh and Fife by road. @ed1nbur6h was in prime position to capture this moment during the celebrations at the Forth Bridges Festival, as the landmark was beautifully lit up by golden fireworks, gently glowing on the calm waters of the Forth.

@shannonmblack - Isle of Mull - Copy

Isle of Mull

These woolly chaps were holding up the traffic over on Mull, as @shannonmblack was forced to take a ewe turn on her travels around the Hebridean isle. Whether you’re visiting the multi-coloured town of Tobermory, climbing Ben More and bagging a Munro or getting acquainted with the island’s resident wildlife, time spent on Argyll’s biggest isle will be unforgettable. The island has been inhabited since the Ice Ages, so there are many stories to be told and cultural heritage aplenty.

@gbc123 - Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Perthshire

One of the most hotly-anticipated moments of the year, The 2014 Ryder Cup took centre stage at Gleneagles in Perthshire. @gbc123 was lucky enough to be there, sharing this atmospheric shot of the PGA Centenary course with bustling crowds of spectators, camera crews and professional golfers. The intense sporting rivalry between USA and Europe, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Perthshire hills, enraptured audiences from all over the globe.

@rotdenken - Floors Castle, Kelso

Floors Castle, Kelso

Nestled in a quiet corner of the Scottish Borders, Floors Castle is Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. In other words, it is our biggest family home! It was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721 and @rotdenken spent a a picture-perfect day here. This clear shot of the majestic building highlights its stunning architecture and impressive grounds in the fresh autumn sunshine.

Are you a talented Instagrammer? Don’t forget to share your snaps from around Scotland with us via the hashtag #brilliantmoments and you could be featured in next month’s October round-up.

Why not follow us on our social media platforms for even more incredible photos from around Scotland? You can see all of our fabulous fan pics, brilliant moments and much more on Twitter and Facebook.


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