The Rugged Beauty of Scotland in 10 Photos – Part 1




1) Laggan, Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the 2nd largest island in the Inner Hebrides, after the Isle of Skye, and the 4th largest island surrounding the United Kingdom. The pristine sands at Laggan were voted the 9th best in the whole of the UK for spotting wildlife.

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Highland Cattle Rest on the Beach at Laggan.

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2) Glen Coe, Highlands
Glen Coe literally lies in the ‘Heart of the Highlands’ and it’s rugged beauty makes it one of the most spectacular and scenic parts of Scotland. Despite it’s scenic beauty Glen Coe is also know for other reasons – being the scene of one of Scotland’s most notorious historic massacres. In 1692, 38 family members of the MacDonald clan were killed here, in an attack led by the Clan Campbell.

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Glencoe’s Rugged Beauty Makes it One of the Most Scenic Parts of Scotland.

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3) Glen Etive, Argyllshire
Glen Etive’s name derived from Gaelic, with Etive meaning ‘Little Ugly One.’ The Glen has been used to shoot many Hollywood blockbusters, including Skyfall, Braveheart, and Harry Potter. During the summer months the Glen is a very popular destination for campers, backpackers, and anglers.

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Glen Etive, Scene of Several Hollywood Blockbusters.

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4) Rannoch Moor, Highlands
Rannoch moor is a bleak yet beautiful expanse of boggy land covering over 50 square miles, and extending into the districts of Argyllshire, the Highlands and Perthshire. The best way to discover Rannoch Moor is to take the West Highland railway line which passes through the moor, and rises to a height of 1300 feet above sea level.

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Rannoch Moor, Bleak Yet Beautiful.

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5) Rannoch Moor, Highlands
Rannoch moor is interspersed by hundreds of lochans (small lochs), peat bogs, streams, and rocky outcrops. This wild landscape, is considered by some to be one of the last true expanses of wilderness on the British Isles.

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The Sun Rises over a Rannoch Moor Lochan.

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6) Glencoe, Highlands
Wild red deer are a common sight in the Highlands – so much so, they are often considered a nuisance. It was recently estimated that there are as many as 400,000 to 500,000 red deer in Scotland. Care often needs to be take whilst driving, as they have the tendency to bolt across the road without looking.

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Wild Red Deer Near Glen Coe.

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7) Glen Callater, Aberdeenshire
Mountain hares are a rare sight in the British Isles, and are largely confined to the remoter parts of Scotland. The hares pictured below are playing on the slopes above Loch Kander, which is part of the Cairngorm National Park,  a protected area of natural beauty covering almost 1750 square miles.

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Mountain Hares in Glen Callater.

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8) Stob Dearg, Argyllshire
Stob Dearg sits at the entrance to Glen Coe, and rises to a height of 3350 feet. Stob Dearg is regarded as one of the great mountains of Scotland, and is a mecca for hill walkers, particularly during the summer months.

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A View of Stob Dearg from Glen Etive.

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9) Loch Torridon, Highlands
Loch Torridon is situated in a remote and rugged part of the north west Highlands, which in the summer months becomes a magnet for hill walkers and those seeking to escape the cities for a healthier environment. The areas around Loch Torridon offer fine sandy beaches, forest trails, and little visited hill walks, far away from the hustle and bustle.

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Loch Torridon, Far Away from the Hustle and Bustle.

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10) Applecross Peninsula, Highlands
Located between the mountains of the mainland, and the Isle of Skye, the Applecross peninsula is home to only 238 people, making it the ultimate destination for those wanting to ‘get away from it all.’  The area can only be accessed by 2 roads, and the Gaelic name for the place is ‘a Chomraich’ meaning ‘The Sanctuary.’

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Applecross Peninsula – Only 238 People Live Here.

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