|This fairytale castle might look like a French château or Bavarian palace
but it’s actually Dunrobin Castle, the seat of the Earl of Sutherland in the
Scottish Highlands. It owes its continental appearance to Sir Charles Barry who
extensively remodelled the castle and grounds in the early 1800's. |
|It might look Amazonian but this pretty gorge is actually Puck’s Glen near
Dunoon in the west of Scotland. The tumbling, rocky burn that runs through the
glen is criss-crossed by pretty wooden bridges giving it a real Lord of the
Rings style charm.|
|Not quite - this is The Shore in Leith which used to be a separate town but
was merged with Edinburgh in 1920 even though Leithers voted 26,810 to 4,340
against the Union. These days, it’s usually referred to as Edinburgh’s Port.|
|Although the Northern Lights do put on some of their most spectacular displays
over Scandinavia, the aurora is also visible in northern parts of the Scottish
mainland as well as Shetland and Orkney where the lights are known as the
|The white sands and turquoise sea of the Luskentyre Peninsula might look
like something you’d find in Antigua but this beach is actually situated on
the spectacular west coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides. This image was
taken by Scottish photographer Tim Winterburn - you can buy a print here|
This croissant like building isn’t Sydney Opera House - it’s actually the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. The SECC recently played host to a wide range of Commonwealth Games events - eat your heart out, Australia.
The crenellated, palm fringed battlements of Culzean Castle look exotic but this particular fortress is based in South Ayrshire not the Mediterranean. If it looks familiar, that might be because it was used as the castle of Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) in the cult 1973 film The Wicker Man
Almost - this is the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, a small uninhabited island in Orkney. It’s also referred to as the Prisoners’ Chapel as it was built by Italian prisoners of war held on the island during World War II.
It’s actually Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and arresting locations. Like parts of the Andes, Glencoe was formed by an ancient super volcano which left a huge crater when it erupted in the Silurian period. It was carved into its current shape by glaciers during the last ice age.
It might look like a CGI set from Game of Thrones but this is actually Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress on a well defended headland near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Its Scottish Gaelic name is Dùn Fhoithear or Fort on the Shelving Slope.