Scotland’s Most Instagrammable Spots
Date Published: 15 Oct 2020
It is no secret that Scotland is a land steeped in history, nature and architecture. So whether you are into castles or coastlines, you’ll be snap happy here! We’ve listed some of our favourite spots which are perfect for capturing your trip.
Eilean Donan Castle
With 360° views, sitting on a small island where the three sea lochs of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh meet, it is clear to see why Eilean Donan Castle features in many photographs and film. From impressive architecture and endless stairwells, to the noble and significant residents both past and present, the castle is soaked in Scottish tales. Scotland is home to over 2000 castles, but it’s clear to see why Eilean Donan is considered one of the most scenic and recognisable – on clear days you can even see over to the Isle of Skye!
The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are known by locals as the gateway to the Highlands. Forming part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this impressive loch that is surrounded by mountains, wildlife, forests and beaches hosts many spots to get that perfect picture. Trek up Conic Hill to get that landscape shot of the UK’s largest loch by surface area – or Ben Lomond if you’re feeling more energetic!
If you’re wanting to slow down and let the waves wash away your worries, Luskentyre Sands on the Isle of Harris is the place for you. This awe-inducing beach presents a ‘pinch-me’ moment. On a warm Summer’s day, with the aquamarine and turquoise hues from the water lying over the bay, your followers will think you’re holidaying somewhere tropical! Find your own little oasis on the Isle of Harris.
Venture to Glasgow and you are sure to see why they say ‘People Make Glasgow’. Not only does Scotland’s largest city offer up unique culture, you will receive a warm welcome from the locals. Be inspired by Glasgow’s art scene, music, history, culture and stunning architecture. From breathtaking structures such as Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum to the Hogwarts-like appearance of Glasgow University, you will not be short of inspiration for that perfect urban photo!
Isle of Skye
Famed for its towering, ragged mountains, and coastline, the Isle of Skye is a world-class destination for explorers. Skye offers its guests a mystical and magical atmosphere, and if there’s one thing about Skye that’ll leave a lasting impression on you, it’s the stunning scenery. The island’s geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillins, are truly spectacular, however, if you’re planning on exploring and capturing these sights on camera be sure to take your sturdiest pair of boots. Let the adventure begin!
The Home of Golf, Scotland’s oldest university, and named after Scotland’s patron saint, it’s Scotland’s very own seaside town, St Andrews. The town hosts a rich history and an iconic cathedral that was built in the 12th century – which was the largest building in Scotland for 7 centuries! The ruins of both the cathedral and castle will take you on a journey back in time. Underground mines passages and dungeons still remain, giving a real taste of Scotland in the medieval ages and you the opportunity for that eerie photo! If it’s not the history you’re here for, there’s plenty more choice, with beaches and other landmarks all within walking distance of each other.
Immerse yourself among some of the UK’s tallest trees at The Hermitage, Dunkeld. Home to giant Douglas Firs, take in that dewy forest air as you walk along the River Braan. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a red squirrel but be quick if you want a photo! With old stone bridges and water roaring over large boulders at the Black Linn Falls, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a woodland fairytale. The Hermitage poses plenty opportunities for that enviable Instagram shot – look out for the totem pole hidden in the woods!
Sandy toes and fresh sea air aren’t all you’ll gain from the stunning Findhorn Beach, you may even be lucky enough to spot a seal colony! A real hidden gem with shores to rival Scotland’s other beaches, there’s plenty of places to get that serene shot for your Instagram – also, for a pop of colour, look out for the charming beach huts!
Built in 1770 for Lady Janet Anstruther, the tower acted as a quiet spot where her ladyship could watch the world go by after her dip in the waters below. It is said that prior to her skinny dip she would send one of her servants down to the village to ring a bell, warning them to stay away! Head here for a lavish sunset, which produces a beautiful, creative snap through the tower windows.
For the active holiday-goers, Schiehallion is one of Scotland’s best-known hills. As one of the easier munros to climb on a summer's day, there’s a high reward for this hike – however, it’s still important you come prepared with walking shoes, protective clothing, water and food. Rising above Perth and Kinross, the quartzite boulders scattered along the broad ridge will make you feel like you’re on the moon! Snap views from the top west across Rannoch Moor over to the summits in Glencoe.
Falls of Dochart
Nestled in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park running through the small, quaint village of Killin, the Falls of Dochart have a rocky journey. Watch the white waters from the village bridge, however, if you’re feeling a little edgier, stand on a rock for a special selfie – but be careful!
Of course, a list of some of Scotland’s most instagrammable spots wouldn’t be complete without the country's very first design museum! Designed by renowned, award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates the building is the first of theirs in the UK. Walls inspired by a Scottish cliff face, the museum is a welcoming space for everyone, imagined as the city's living room! If you want that perfect metropolitan photo, V&A Dundee has ample opportunity for this!
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