10 of Scotland's Most Breathtaking Attractions

By Halal Trip | 02, Nov, 2016
10 of Scotland's Most Breathtaking Attractions

Why visit Scotland? You will find that majority of the top attractions in Scotland are often surrounded by some of the most gorgeous, wild scenery that you can experience. There are some great places to visit in Scotland by car too, where you can absorb the beauty of the Scottish highlands or hike on nature trails and observe the flora and fauna of the countryside.


1. Loch Ness

loch ness lake

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The site of the famous Loch Ness monster legends, Loch Ness is a 23-mile and 52ft deep loch in the Scottish highlands. While the loch and natural landscape are breathtaking by themselves, some of the top attractions in Scotland include the ruins of Urquhart Castle, Fort Augustus, and the village of Drumnadrochit in Urquhart bay. The view of the loch, when viewed from the castle ruins, is some of the must-do experiences in Scotland.


2. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

The Fairly Pools are one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Scotland, with crystal clear pools of water surrounded by unique rock formations and enchanting waterfalls located near the River Brittle. Visitors can take an enjoyable walk and explore or even swim in these pools.


3. The Angus Coast

The long drive along the Angus Coast from Dundee to Aberdeen is a great way to take in the natural attractions in Scotland with ideal places to visit in Scotland by car. With a breathtaking view of the Grampian Mountains, Angus Glen, and seaside resorts decorating the coast, this is a scenic route that must be taken.


4. Cairngorms National Park 

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Some must-do experiences in Scotland include visiting the natural attractions in Scotland - this includes paying a visit to the Cairngorms National Park. Six of the five highest mountains in Scotland can be viewed here and the wild natural landscape is perfect for the best sightseeing in Scotland. Hiking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting are some top activities in Scotland that can be enjoyed at the Cairngorms. The areas are a natural habitat for rare wildlife and plants, some of which are endangered or protected.


5. Finnich Glen 

Finnich Glen is a 100ft deep gorge that is said to have been used by the ancient druids as a meeting place. As one of the must-see sights in Scotland, it does not disappoint with mossy walls of red sandstone and natural water flowing through the gorge. A circular rock known as the Devil’s Pulpit and a staircase known as the Devil’s staircase were carved around 1860.


6. Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Visiting this amazing natural park is one of the must-do experiences in Scotland for nature and wildlife lovers. There are 2 forest parks located within the natural park – Argyll Park and Queen Elizabeth Park, including several small towns and villages as well. There 21 munros some of which are over 3000ft.


7. Killiecrankie

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This small picturesque village is located close to a unique gorge that was created by the River Gary. Some of the top activities in Scotland can be enjoyed here – such as bungee jumping into the gorge and kayaking. During different seasons, various types of flora and fauna can be observed in their natural habitat. The Soldier’s Leap also provides a great spot to take in the Scottish scenery.


8. Scott’s View, The Scottish Borders

Scott’s View is one of the top attractions in Scotland and is said to be Sir Walter Scott’s favorite viewpoint. The River Tweed, three peaks of the Eildon Hills including the Black Hill create a serene and rural landscape that looks different depending on a sunny or rainy day.


9. Skara Brae, Orkney Islands

Skara Brae is an ancient Neolithic site that used to be a village. There 8 stone buildings huddled together with stone furniture and cooking hearths built on the inside. There have been many historical artifacts and utensils have been found in the area, and Skara Brae is a UNESCO World Heritage site of Europe’s most complete Neolithic village.


10. Lukentyre Sands, Outer Hebrides

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Lukentyre Sands is one of the most scenic and largest beaches on the west coast of Harris. The blue-green crystal clear waters and a white sandy coastline paired with the surrounding rocky terrain make this beach unique. Lukentyre Sands  is one of  the must-see sights in Scotland that cannot be missed


Muslim-friendly facilities in Scotland

Muslim travelers can find Muslim-owned Halal restaurants in Scotland, however, some of them might not have certification. You can always ask the staff if the food is Halal or stick to vegetarian and seafood items to be safe, or even ask the locals to direct you to Halal restaurants. Mosques in Scotland can be found in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee where there are three main central mosques in these regions including a number of other mosques too.

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