Finding a scenic spot in the wilds of Scotland is not a tricky task. In a land where lochs, glens and stunning mountains can halt even the most determined road trip for a camera opportunity, there’s plenty to see and capture on film. However, after some serious consideration, here is our choice of Scotland’s best views, all of which are definitely worth a slight detour.
It’s a bit of an obvious one, but for seasoned walkers and climbers, there’s no higher view in the UK than Ben Nevis. Rising to 1344 metres above sea level, the summit is a large plateau that offers a complete 360-degree view for over 100 miles. It’s not just Scotland you’ll get a look at either – on a cloud-free day, Northern Ireland is actually visible from the peak too.
Located near Argyll, this stunning glen in popular for tourists as they journey further north. It’s a breath-taking vision and a location steeped in history, known as the site of a famous clan massacre in 1692. However, despite its bloody past, it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen and has been the setting for a number of Hollywood films, including Highlander, the Harry Potter movies and most recently, the James Bond film Skyfall.
The collection of islands known as St Kilda are beautiful in their remote isolation, with rocky cliffs and dramatic caves. Now uninhabited except by a huge number of seabirds, it was once home to a tiny population of just 180 people, whose generations survived the harsh landscape for hundreds of years. It can be visited with a day trip by boat from the isle of Skye or Uist, where the islands arrive dramatically into view, before visitors can explore the dramatic caves and photograph rare birds on the rocky cliffs.
This viewpoint was one of the favourite places of its namesake, famed Scottish author Walter Scott. It looks across the Scottish Borders, taking in the three peaks of the Eildon Hills, stunning farmland and peaceful rivers. It’s a fantastic way to witness the rural communities of the Borders at work, from combine harvesters driving through fields and horses and riders trotting down paths, to the odd fly fisherman standing in the river Tweed.
Witness prehistoric history first hand at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, a giant stone circle with a diameter of 340 feet. Stone circles are mysterious in their purpose, with this particular one dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC, although experts have theorised that it may have acted as a site for rituals or astronomy. It’s a stunning icon on the landscape, placed between two lochs, and was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.