Visitors to Scotland are enchanted by the breathtaking, glorious scenery, the historical monuments and traditions on offer as you discover this magical land. Whether you prefer man-made castles and their mysteries, nature’s beautiful lochs, mountains and countryside with its wonderful wildlife, there is plenty of beauty for you to embrace. In his poem, “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” Sir Walter Scott speaks to his beloved land as: “O Caledonia stern and wild!” The rugged Scottish countryside has an air of mystery and grandeur. Discover some of the beauty by walking. It may sometimes be tough going but the scenery will be spectacular.
Hills, lochs and castles
Scotland has about a third of all Britain’s agricultural land and 68% of this land comprises hill grazing. It makes for a beautiful scene as you take a countryside walk.
There are about 3000 castles. Some are royal residences and others are farmhouses. They all have their own history. Some are in ruins, but others are used as homes or hotels or historical attractions. They are all part of the Scottish culture and heritage. A visit to this land would not be complete without visiting a castle or two. They all have beautiful landscapes surrounding them, some rugged and some more gentle and peaceful looking, but just as striking.
Edinburgh Castle is the second most visited Scottish attraction, and stands up high as a magnificent sight on an extinct volcano.
Stirling Castle is probably the grandest of the Scottish castles. It’s also built on volcanic rock and was known as the key. It guarded the main road into the Highlands and whoever was in control of Stirling Castle actually had control of the whole country.
Eilean Donan Castle, on the west coast, is an example of a beautiful castle in stunning surroundings. In fact, it has been described as the most beautiful Scottish castle. It’s a well-photographed castle on the way to the Isle of Skye. It stands on its own island near Dornie where three lochs meet and is joined to the mainland by an arched bridge.
This castle is rather romantic in a beautiful setting on the water and surrounded by hills and trees. This is perhaps one of Scotland’s most enchanting beauty spots.