6 Scenic Natural Wonders

Mother Nature is a talented architect and filled Scotland with a huge variety of magnificent natural attractions. With hundreds of awe-inspiring natural landmarks, you won't have to travel too far to find beautiful places in Scotland. To help you on your way, we've asked our Facebook fans to share their favourite scenic spots in Scotland. Here’s the list we’ve pulled together based on their recommendations.

  1. The isle of Skye Highlands

    Le Quiraing, île de Skye

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Cheyenne Doles says: ‘The Isle of Skye. All the landscape here is beautiful. I couldn’t just pick one specific spot’’.  

    Yes, Cheyenne, we agree with you! Skye is a truly magical place that has countless unforgettable views to enchant you. Don’t miss the Quiraing, a massive landslip on the northernmost point of the Trotternish ridge – it’s a simply stunning place, defined by cliffs, sweeping hillsides and awesome pinnacles and looks strangely supernatural. Take a walk to the cinematic Old Man of Storr – an impressive and unique rocky crop. This pinnacle proudly stands at around 160 ft (49 m) tall and is surrounded by several slightly smaller pinnacles – a true icon of Skye, that can be seen for miles around. And don’t miss the Fairy Pools – beautiful cascading waterfalls and various pools filled with crystal clear water from the Cullin mountains. 

  2. Luskentyre Beach Isle of Harris


    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    Terry Winter recommends exploring the Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris. 

    Famous for its miles of white sands and the gorgeous green-blue waters, Luskentyre Sands is a little slice of heaven on earth. Submerged at high tide, it becomes part of the Sound of Taransay that looks out to the Isle of Taransay. 

    Situated on the Isle of Harris in the north-west of Scotland, this perfectly curved crescent of fine shell sand is reminiscent of an exotic beach. Lapped gently by azure water and backed by sand dunes with grass that ripples in the wind, Luskentyre certainly knows how to mesmerise its visitors. The slopes of Ben Luskentyre dropping down into the water and the backdrop of the North Harris hills across the sound only add to its remarkableness. 

    Should you need more convincing, Luskentyre was named one of Britain’s best beaches while Harris and Lewis islands scooped first place in the Best Island in Europe category in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards. Coastal scenery really doesn't come any better than this. 

  3. Scott’s View Near Melrose, Scottish Borders

    Scott's View, overlooking the valley of the River Tweed and the Eildon Hill (centre), which is reputed to be one of the favourite views of Sir Walter

    © Kenny Lam, VisitScotland. All rights reserved.

    Lynda Rodgerson’s favourite scenic spot in Scotland is Scott’s View.  

    Located near Melrose in the Scottish Borders, Scott’s View is a scenic viewpoint that has been popular for centuries. Overlooking the beautiful rolling Eildon Hills to the west, and rolling farmlands and woodlands to the south, it’s little wonder that it’s said to have been one of the favourite places of Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish 19thcentury writer, to come, reflect and take inspiration for his work. Add to this the meandering River Tweed immediately below and it only takes one visit to understand what enthralled the poet about this place.  

    The proximity of the viewpoint to Melrose, St Boswells and Kelso makes it an easy stop if you are based in those towns or just traveling in the area to explore the various abbeys. 

  4. Buachaille Etive Mòr Highlands

    Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag seen from Glen Etive, Glencoe

    Joe BWollaston says: ‘’My favourite mountain – Buachaille Etive Mòr – photographed of course, but its position lends itself to numerous compositions including the River Etive and River Coupall, and always beautiful whatever the weather’’.

    Shaped millions of years ago from some of the oldest sedimentary and volcanic strata in the world, the famous pyramid of Buachaille Etive Mòr guards the entrance to the famous Glen Coe and the nearby beautiful Loch Leven. Together with the Three Sisters, this complex mountain range forms a magical land that looks straight out of a storybook. 

    This place attracts and stuns visitors from all over the world, and Glen Coe is often cited as one of the top views in the UK. Visit for yourself to see the sheer scale and grandeur of the surrounding landscapes and learn about the area’s turbulent past. 

  5. Portencross Near West Kilbride, Ayrshire

    The beach at Portencross Beach, near West Kilbride, North Ayrshire with a view towards the Isle of Arran beyond.

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

    Gary Chittick says: ‘’Portencross with a view to Arran. Serene but spectacular sunsets and open water views. A good reset for the mind, location with places to walk and wildlife to see.’’ 

    This little hamlet is a magical spot but easy to overlook. Standing at the most westerly point of North Ayrshire, near West Kilbride, Portencross boasts superb coastal views, taking in the island of Great Cumbrae to the north, Little Cumbrae and Bute to the north-west, and the Arran to the west.  


    As you wander through the picturesque sandy expanse of Portencross Beach the most striking feature is the remains of Portencross Castle. This important ancient monument which dates as far back as the 14th century stands right on the shoreline only a few feet above the high-water mark.  


    I’st a truly is an impressive site, and the panoramic views of the nearby islands are simply spectacular. 

  6. Stirling Castle Stirling, Loch Lomond, Trossachs & The Forth Valley

    Stirling Castle

    Joe B. Wollastone says: ‘’Stirling – especially the castle – due to its incredible position. A great city to visit with a huge amount of fascinating history to see. 

    Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest constructions and probably the most instantly recognisable of all Scottish castles. Standing 250 feet (75 m) higher than the surrounding terrain on the flat top of an ancient extinct volcano and commanding excellent views in every direction, it can be spotted from miles away. 

    This favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens has been meticulously restored to its original Renaissance glory. Explore the stunning grounds and gardens, the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, the castle exhibition, Regimental Museum, Tapestry Studio and more. You certainly won’t be lost for things to do here. The location, architecture, historical significance and commanding views combine to make Stirling Castle a grand and memorable visit. 

    • Parking
    • Itinéraire desservi par les transports en commun
    • Boucle magnétique
    • Parking accessible ou point de débarquement
    • Accès au niveau du sol
    • Toilettes accessibles
    • Cafétéria ou restaurant

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