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15 of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland

Posted on June 21, 2023 by Vikki Measures
View of Loch Inchard

Scotland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

Don’t believe us? Keep on scrolling.

The rugged mountains, serene lochs, ancient castles, and picturesque villages capture the imaginations of visitors from all over the world. For all that this country has to offer, we’ve managed to whittle down our top 15 prettiest places in Scotland for the best views.

Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven Aberdeenshire

1. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

Set upon the rocky headland on the east coast of Scotland, Dunnottar Castle offers dramatic views and stories aplenty from its past. We’ll leave that for you to find out though.

Sand dunes of Balnakeil Beach on a sunny day

2. Balnakeil Beach, near Durness

If you’re looking for a quiet stroll, head over to Balnakeil Beach in the very north of Scotland. The unspoilt coastline is known for its spectacular sunsets, so don’t forget to bring your camera.

Callanish stones at sunset

3. Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

The Callanish Stones are over 5,000 years old! Located on the Isle of Lewis, the Neolithic monument is a must-visit for history lovers looking to share the footsteps of our ancestors. More modern-day facilities include parking, a cafe, gift shop and wifi.

Portree harbour in Isle of Skye

4. Portree, Isle of Skye

The pretty village of Portree has something for everyone: stunning walks, boat trips, restaurants and even a cinema. The Aros Centre (Portree’s flagship attraction) runs regular theatre, concerts and film screenings.

St Andrews Castle

5. St Andrews, Fife

Famously known for its golfing heritage, St Andrews boasts plenty of things to see and do even if golf isn’t your thing. The seaside town has a cathedral, aquarium and even a spy mission treasure trail – perfect for exploring the town with kids.

Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness

6. Loch Ness

No visit to Scotland is complete without searching for Nessie at Loch Ness. Book yourself onto one of the many tours and cruises to explore one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. Even if you don’t find Nessie, a visit to Urquhart Castle will make the trip worthwhile.

Waterfall in the Fair Pools

7. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye is scattered with beautiful rock pools and waterfalls cascading from the Cuillin Mountains. There’s a 2.4km trail to follow where you can take in some of the best views in Scotland along the way.

Edinburgh Castle

8. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Overlooking the heart of the capital, Edinburgh Castle sits on Castle Rock, a volcanic plug that has been occupied by humans since the iron age! The castle is open daily with plenty of exhibits and tours to take advantage of – and don’t miss out on seeing the one o’clock gun in action, which is fired at 1pm every day, with the exception of Sundays!

Calton Hill at sunset

9. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Round off your visit to the capital with a trip to Calton Hill. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its collection of historic monuments including the Nelson Monument and the National Monument to name a few.

Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris

10. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

Luskentyre Beach shares all the features you’d expect from the Caribbean, apart from the tropical climate. Its turquoise waters and expansive sandy beach make it one of the prettiest places in Scotland. It’ll be no surprise it’s been named as one of the UK’s best beaches in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

View of Lock Lomond

11. Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire

Loch Lomond is the largest lake in the UK by surface area, so you won’t be short of fantastic views along the shoreline. There are loads of ways to explore the loch, so if you’re a hiker, biker or sit back in a boat-er, there’s something to suit everyone on a day trip out.

View of Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona

12. Isle of Iona, West Scotland

If you’re looking to escape the stresses of everyday life, the Isle of Iona makes the perfect retreat. The tiny island only has around 120 residents, but there’s no shortage of things to do when you’re there. Our must-sees include a visit to Iona Abbey and wildlife spotting for otters and seals near Martyr’s Bay.

Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland

13. Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, Inverness-shire

For the Harry Potter fan or train enthusiast, Glenfinnan Viaduct should top your list of places to visit. The Jacobite steam train runs on this track to Fort William and Mallaig during the summer months. The 21-arched viaduct became known worldwide for its appearance in the Harry Potter films. Board the train at Fort William for the ride across the viaduct for some of the best views in Scotland

Sunset on Glen Nevis

14. Glen Nevis Valley, Scottish Highlands

Considered as one of the best examples of a glaciated valley in Scotland, Glen Nevis offers breathtaking views throughout. Walking routes will take you past enchanting waterfalls and rock pools, thanks to the River Nevis flowing through the glen.

Eager walkers can even take a trip up its neighbour, Ben Nevis!

Bow Fiddle Rock at sunrise in Portknockie

15. Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie

The iconic Bow Fiddle Rock was formed millions of years ago when two ancient continents collided with one another.
If you visit during certain weeks in May and August, you may be lucky enough to catch a picture-perfect sunrise through the arch of the rock.

Sunrise view of 3rd hole on Trump's International golf course

The best golfing views in Scotland

Looking for the ultimate golfing experience? Look no further than the picturesque landscapes of Scotland! With its rolling green hills, rugged coastlines and stunning panoramas, golfing is a great way to explore the best views that Scotland has to offer.

Scotland boasts over 550 incredible golf courses, including legendary ones like St Andrews, Turnberry, Royal Dornoch, and Trump International. Each course has a unique character. Imagine teeing off amidst ancient castles, overlooking pristine lochs, and feeling the refreshing sea breeze on your face.

So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or an enthusiastic beginner, Scotland beckons you to experience golfing heaven. Pack your clubs, embrace the challenge, and immerse yourself in the beauty that awaits you. Scotland truly is the best place to play golf, with its stunning views that will take your breath away at every swing.

view of Trumps international golf course

Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at Trump International

Walking in the footsteps of legends while soaking in the stunning Aberdeenshire coastal vistas on the greens of Trump International is a pilgrimage every golfer should make.

See the action unfold at the flagship event of the Legends Tour. The Staysure PGA Seniors Championship is taking place at Trump International in Aberdeenshire between 23 – 27 August 2023.

Ready for your next adventure?

Before setting off on your trip to Scotland or anywhere else in the UK, remember to take UK travel insurance if you have two or more nights of pre-paid accommodation. That way you’ll be covered if you have to cancel your trip, or cut it short.

If you’ve already checked Scotland off your list, have a look at the prettiest  places to visit in England, Ireland and Wales too. 

by Vikki Measures

Vikki Measures is Staysure's Senior Content Executive. She is a passionate travel writer and loves exploring new destinations, experiencing the local cuisine, and sharing top travel tips.