Scotland is well known for its wild nature, historical castles and whisky trails. However, it also has a more exotic side. Find out more about the unique side of Scotland and beautiful places to visit, not known by many.
I’m sure you’ve seen many photos showing the best places to visit in Scotland. But did you know that you can find Scotland off the beaten path with the exotic beaches of Caribbean or dramatic snowy peaks of Alps? Yes, Scotland has it all.
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# 1 The Caribbean or Outer Hebrides?
Turquoise water, white powdery sand. Those paradise looking beaches are not in the Caribbean islands, but can be found on the west and north of Scotland. Some of the best ones are located in the outer Hebrides – like the one below in Seilebost in the Isle of Lewis and Harris.
# 2 Portugal or Portree?
In many big towns of Scotland, buildings are usually grey and made from granite. But not all of them. Some look like taken straight from the vibrant Portugal – for example, houses in Portree on Isle of Skye.
# 3 Norway or Scotland?
Northern Lights viewings are mostly associated with places like Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Finland. Not many people know that you can also see them very often from Scotland. With many ways that help you to increase your chances of seeing Aurora, the sightings are more frequent.
#4 Iceland or Isle of Staffa?
Have you ever seen hexagonal shaped basaltic columns or other volcanic rocks? You can find them all over Iceland, but they also exist in some places in Scotland. You can spot them in the beautiful Isle of Staffa with famous Fingal’s Cave (psst.. that’s also a perfect place for watching puffins). Put it on your list of places to visit in Scotland!
#5 Denmark or Tobermory?
Colourful houses and tiny boats? It’s not Copenhagen, it’s Tobermory, the main town of the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
#7 Croatia or Isle of Bute?
Palm trees and beautiful houses – is that one of the Mediterranean countries? Nope, it’s Scotland. I know, I know, palm trees in Scotland? Yes, thanks to the warm waters of Gulf Stream in the west coast of Scotland, palm trees can grow there. The one below is from the gardens of beautiful Mount Stuart House in Isle of Bute.
#8 Switzerland or Scottish Highlands?
Snowy peaks of Alps, or even Polish Tatras can come to your mind when you wander around Scottish hills. Although much lower, Highlands in Scotland still have that dramatic look and amazing views.
#9 Peru or Glen Coe?
The volcanic valleys of Peruvian Andes can be compared to Glen Coe – a valley in Scotland, which is also of volcanic origin with some stunning views.
#10 Indonesia or Isle of Skye?
You know those pictures taken from the top of the mountain in Indonesia when everything is covered in the clouds, apart from few peaks coming through? Well, here is one from Scotland – from the Bealach na Bà pass overlooking Isle of Skye. What’s the point of going to Indonesia now? (haha, I’m still planning to go ;)).
As you can see, Scotland has it all. Do you know any other unique or off the beaten path places to visit in Scotland, that look unusual for the country? Come and visit Scotland and you will be able to discover even more of them!