Scotland is within Great Britain the territory that has more natural attractions. In fact, some of them reach the rank of true references worldwide, such as the legendary Lake Ness or the magical island of Skye, which is simply known as “The Island”. However, here we are going to introduce you to other places perhaps less known, but really fantastic to make a great route through the natural attractions of Scotland.
Incredible corners of Scotland
1. Ben Nevis and Glen Coe
Ben Nevis is the name of the highest peak in Scotland and the whole of the United Kingdom, as its summit rises to 1,344 meters. It’s not really much, but its ascent is certainly difficult and is only recommended for experienced climbers. And in addition to experience, a good physical background is required if you decide to climb to its summit doing a typical mountain race in which it takes about an hour and a half to climb and descend.
The reward is to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the Highlands region. A territory full of mountains and incredible valleys such as Glen Coe. A valley of glacial origin whose landscapes are an attraction for any lover of nature sports, such as hikers or mountain bikers.
2. Loch Katrine
Undoubtedly, the most famous lake in Scotland is Loch Ness, but there are more scattered around the country. One of them is Katrine, integrated into the Trossachs National Park. A loch that also has its own legends, and above all a lot of literature. It is the setting of the Lady of the loch, which is part of Arthurian legends. Also, Walter Scott himself, author of Ivanhoe, was inspired here for some of his stories.
Loch Katrine is above all beautiful. It is a piece of landscape sculpted by a harsh climate of cold, ice, wind and rain that give shape to some of the most suggestive places, both from land and water, where a steam boat sails.
3. Staffa Island
The great attraction of the small island of Staffa is its geological configuration. A corner of Scotland uninhabited today, but was inhabited in the past. However, its beauty makes boats sail from Mull or from Oban so that you can visit and admire its beauty and natural values.
4. The river Tay
The Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the largest river in Great Britain. But on top of that, any fishing lover is sure to hear about this flow. Why? Because here lives one of the most appreciated types of salmon in the world, although these waters also abound in natural predators such as otters or beavers.
And if we are talking about the River Tay and its salmon, we must also mention The Hermitage, one of its tributaries that runs through the Hermitage forest and whose waters go up these fish to spawn. But in addition to that, this forest is a fascinating place because of its natural richness. There are plenty of ashes, beeches or giant Douglas firs, which her reach 60 meters in height.
5. Scott’s View
We are talking about the Highlands, islands and lakes, that is to say, the most characteristic elements of Scottish landscapes. Well, it is also advisable to visit the Lowlands, both for its history as a territory occupied by English and Scottish alternately and for its natural and scenic value traveled by the Tweed River.
In short, a very pleasant landscape to see in the days of good weather. This one can appreciate a territory of rolling hills plagued by sheep that run through evergreen pastures. An almost bucolic image of the country and that is the opposite of those seen much further north of Scotland.