1. Loch Ness
Steeped in mystery and surrounded by beauty, this should be at the top of any list. Apart from keeping an eye out for the mythical creature, keep busy by hiking around the lake, or tour the ruins of Urquhart Castle – one of Scotland’s largest castles.
2. Ben Nevis
The highest point in Scotland (and in the whole of the UK), Ben Nevis is a popular mountain for hiking and scrambling. While it is a challenging hike, it is also very rewarding due the magnificent views over the Grampian Mountains.
While Ben Nevis gets points for the highest mountaintop, Glencoe wins when it comes to scenic landscapes. With the Loch Leven on one side and the Three Sisters mountain range on the other, this is a hike that will not be quickly forgotten.
4. Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the most-visited island of the Hebrides Islands. The Isle of Skye is a stunning combination of sandy beaches, green moorlands, and soaring mountains. The island is extremely popular with hikers and rock climbers. Go in low season to avoid the crowds.
5. Rosslyn Chapel
The Dan Brown fans will know this chapel well! Built in the 15th century, this chapel is decorated with ornate and mysterious symbols and stone carvings. It is said to be one of the most mysterious places in all of Scotland. Rosslyn Chapel used to be known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew and is found in the village of Rosslyn, Midlothian.
Surrounded by 7 hills, this historic capital consists of old and new towns – both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Edinburgh has – without question – one of Europe’s most beautiful skylines. While in Edinburgh take a trip to Edinburgh Castle – Scotland’s most popular paid tourist attraction.