14 secret places in Scotland, UK

14 places in Scotland you never knew you had

Snow-capped mountains, palm trees, turquoise seas … Scotland really does have it all. And if it weren’t for the mosquitoes, it would be almost perfect.

1.France?

This fabulous castle may look like a French chateau or a Bavarian palace, but it’s actually Dunrobin Castle, the residence of the Earl of Sutherland in Scotland. It owes its European appearance to Sir Charles Barry, who significantly reconstructed the castle in the early 1800s. 2. Tropical Forest?

Despite looking so much like the Amazon, this beautiful gorge is actually the valley of the Pack, near Dunoon, in the west of Scotland. The raging rocky creek that runs through the valley is crossed by beautiful wooden bridges, which gives the place a distinct Lord of the Rings style charm. 3.Copenhagen?

Not really. It’s the Shore in Leith. Leith used to be a separate town, but it was merged with Edinburgh in 1920, even though most Leith residents voted against the union. Nowadays it is considered to be the port of Edinburgh. 4.Norway?

Although the northern lights are most impressive in Scandinavian skies, polar lights are also visible in northern Scottish Mainland, as well as in Orkney and Shetland, where these lights are known as “merry dancers.” 5. Caribbean?

The white sands and turquoise sea on the Lascentire Peninsula may look like views in Antigua, but this beach is actually located on the spectacular west coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides. 6.Sydney?

That croissant-looking building is not the Sydney Opera House – it’s the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Die with envy, Australia! 7.Malta?

Cullin Castle’s palm-fringed battlements look exotic, but this fortress is in South Ayrshire, not the Mediterranean. If it looks familiar to you, it may be because it was used as the castle of Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) in the iconic 1973 film The Wicker Man. 8.Venezuela?

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This huge waterfall does not fall from the Central American Plateau. It is the 60-meter-high Milt Falls on the Isle of Skye. The majestic rocks in the background are Kilt Rock, a rocky formation with vertical basalt columns that resembles a pleated kilt. 9.The Alps?

This photo with the rising sun was actually taken on the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, a very popular spot for climbers. Other visible peaks include Biden Nam Bean, a long mountain range on the south side of Glencoe. Its name means “top of the mountains.” 10.Vienna?

These beautiful red-and-white houses might look like a postcard background from Austria, but they are actually Ramsey Garden, a block of private residences located in close proximity to Edinburgh Castle. It was built in 1733 by the poet and wig maker Allan Ramsey Sr. 11.Italy?

Almost. This is the Italian Chapel on Lam Hill, a small uninhabited island in Orkney. It is also called the Prisoner’s Chapel because it was built by Italian prisoners of war who were held on the island during World War II. 12. India?

This is actually the Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries and Galloway, in the southwestern part of Scotland. The area is warmed by the Gulf Stream, making it an ideal place for cultivating southern hemisphere plants such as eucalyptus, rhododendron and chusan palm. 13.Peru?

It’s actually Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous and striking places. As part of the Andes, Glencoe was formed by an ancient supervolcano, which left a huge crater, after erupting in the Silurian period. Its current shape was given to it by glaciers during the last ice age. 14. Winterfell?

Sounds like special effects from Game of Thrones, but it’s actually Dunnottar Castle, a ruined medieval fortress on a well-defended promontory near Stonghaven in Aberdeenshire. Its Scottish Gallic name is Dùn Fhoithear, or “fort on a lagging slope.

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