Scotland the most beautiful country in the World?
The votes are in and Scotland has been named the most beautiful country in the world by A Rough Guide. It is definitely true, there is beauty all over Scotland, from the Lochs to the castles. But here are 5 of our favourite.
The Whaligoe Steps
One of Scotland’s secret treasures, an industrial relic. The Whaligoe Steps are way out on the Caithness coast line. Built in 1792 to allow fishwives to carry the catch to market, there are 337 stone steps which zigzag down the steep cliff at Ulbster to a sandstone harbour. It’s impossible to take a photograph captures the magic that this place has. It is something you need to see with your own eyes.
Glasgow’s beauty – like single malt – takes time to appreciate, but goes deep. To start off stand on Partick Bridge, looking back towards the gothic spire of the university as it rises above Kelvingrove park, a steampunk rocket set for blast-off. Alternatively, one sunrise, when the river is flat and calm, stand on the bridge outside the BBC and gaze east past the Finnieston crane to admire the arc of the Squinty Bridge making a halo over the Clyde.
Turner painted it as a dark, bewitched presence above which mountains crested like frozen waves. He did not exaggerate. Loch Coruisk, in the heart of Skye’s Cuillin range, has no road in, but the boat trip from Elgol is magical.
Arguably Scotlands best beach. A beautiful streak of white sand on the west coast of Mull, Calgary Bay is hugged between two headlands with views over to the island of Coll. The gorgeous freezing cold water is pale blue. Although its terribly cold you should still take a dip, if only to feel the tingling afterglow on your skin.
Rannoch Moor and Glencoe
Rannoch Moor is a glorious wilderness, all bog, rock and antler-shaped lochs. It’s even worth seeing in the dead of night, when the only illumination is headlights reflected in the eyes of deer at the sides of the road. Glencoe takes this eeriness and intensifies it to an ache of dread. One needn’t know that the glen was the scene of a historic massacre; the feeling of brooding beauty bounces off every looming peak. The romantics called this sort of place sublime. They were right.
I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure South Africa can give Scotland a run for their money! What are your favourite places to see in Scotland or South Africa? Let us know in the comments below.