24 Incredible Fairytale Destinations in Scotland

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland. | ©  Westend61 / Getty Images
Photo of Tori Chalmers
20 December 2019

Scotland, a catalyst for the imagination and a daydreamer’s playground, is worthy of a fairytale. Draped in intrigue and exalted upon high, one glance at the unfathomable transcendental essence of this bonnie land can truly transform any cynic. For a dose of sublime inspiration, Culture Trip has searched across Scotland far and wide to find the most magnificent fairytale destinations. And yes, they’re all real!

Devil’s Pulpit

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The Devil's Pulpit, Scotland.
The Devil’s Pulpit, Scotland | © Westend61/Getty Images
The stunning hidden cliff rivers of Finnich Glen evoke a sense of otherworldliness, displaying the natural world at its finest. One particular spot, aptly known as the Devil’s Pulpit, perfectly captures the glen’s supernatural. Folklore has it that ancient Druids congregated at this mystical spot, as did Satan when he preached to monks.

Aonach Eagach

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Looking up Glen Coe at Loch Achtriochtan, with the Aonach Eagach
Glen Coe at Loch Achtriochtan | © Neale Clark / robertharding / Getty Images
Astonishing and dominant, Aonach Eagach – a precarious rocky ridge and adventurer’s dream – sits to the north of Glen Coe in the Highlands. Unsurprisingly, this beauty has quite the reputation as being one of the the most difficult horizontal ‘scrambling’ ridges in Scotland.

Dunnet Head

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Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Dunnet Head Lighthouse | © george robertson / Alamy Stock Photo
The sort of place to evoke existentialist thoughts, Dunnet Head, a peninsula of Caithness, is home to the most northerly point of mainland UK. Although frightfully vertigo-inducing, the jagged cliffs were made to be admired.

Ring Of Brodgar

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The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle in Scotland
The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle in Scotland | © Pako Mera / Alamy Stock Photo

While the age of this stone circle is unknown, the mystique that surrounds the historical artefact transcends time. Forming part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Sit in Stennes, the world-renowned circle of standing stones range between seven and 15 feet, bearing a number of ancient carvings. Though likely to have once served a ritualistic purpose, the true purpose is still unknown, cloaking these pillars of rock in intrigue.

These recommendations were updated on December 20, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.