Scotland's Top 11 Selfie Spots
Renowned for iconic scenery – ranging from castles and cliffs to mountains, lochs and historic towns – Scottish sightseeing is made for selfies, so travellers can get their cameras (or phones) ready and seek out some snap-worthy Scottish sites from this VisitScotland list…
1. Torridon, North Highlands
Head east an hour from Inverness along the spectacular North Coast 500 driving route to reach the breathtaking mirror-like Loch Torridon, surrounded by lush mountains. Snap a selfie on the loch shore or from the foot of the Beinn Eighe Mountain for a truly memorable shot that looks out of this world.
2. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire
Known today as the inspiration behind Disney*Pixar's Brave animated movie, the clifftop ruins of Dunnottar Castle, along the dramatic Aberdeenshire coast, are truly the stuff of cinematographers' (and photographers') dreams. Visitors can slot themselves into a snap taken from just beyond the entrance gate, where they can capture the ruins, the ocean and perhaps some birdlife all at once (flaming red wig optional).
3. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Instantly recognisable the world over, Edinburgh Castle towers over the city and is its number one attraction – with good reason. Take a shot from the ramparts, looking down over the city's gothic skyline, or snap a selfie from down below in the cobble-stoned Grassmarket with the captivating castle looming in the background.
4. Scott's View, Scottish Borders
Rustic and romantic, Scott's View is a favourite with picnickers and couples, with its panoramic view over the Eildon Hills and the River Tweed valley. Early risers can take a selfie with the morning sun and reminisce about Sir Walter Scott's favourite spot to stop when out and about with his horse and carriage from nearby Dryburgh Abbey. Those were the days….
5. Urquhart Castle, beside Loch Ness in Highlands
An icon in Inverness on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness, magnificent Urquhart Castle has a colourful history which shines through in a selfie. Try to get a snap of the infamous Nessie in the background but failing that, the background scenery and the historic castle itself – home to tales of royalty and ruin – should more than suffice.
6. Glen Coe Mountains, Scottish Highlands
One of the most recognisable glens in Scotland, Glen Coe is steeped in almost unreal beauty. Surrounded by lush dominating mountains, waterfalls and -burns' (Scottish for stream), it truly is one the best spots for a photograph. It's also the place where Hogwarts resides in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Sit at the glens mouth, or, venture in and walk below the mountain of Bidean nam Bian, it will be unlike any photo taken before.
7. Corpach Sea, Fort William
An industrial-style village at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal, on the outskirts of famous Fort William, Corpach is the gateway to the road to the Isles and an off-the-beaten-track option for snapping a selfie which reflects the industrial spirit and seafaring history of Scotland.
8. Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands
Whilst visiting the world most famous loch, there is always time for selfie. This 23 mile loch offers gorgeous vistas and perfect photo opportunities. Whether it's from the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle, or from the banks of Dores Beach, the photo will be nothing but spectacular. You might even snap Nessie!
9. Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat (Salisbury Crags), Edinburgh
For the ultimate view of Edinburgh – and backdrop for a selfie – climb the hill to Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcanic feature in the heart of the city with views across the rooftops to the Kingdom of Fife. An absolute must spot to snap a shot for a Scottish travel collection.
10. Atop Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands
Travellers who hike to the UK's highest peak well and truly deserve the selfie they'll get at the top, with views that can stretch for more than 80 miles (129km). If hiking isn't on the cards, then hop onto Britain's only mountain gondola that goes up the slopes of Aonach Mor to the Snowgoose Restaurant or the Pinemarten Café for a snap and a snack – without the backpack or blisters.
11. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Situated on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are beautifully crystal clear blue pools of the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, and they make some great wild swimming for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos. Where to stand? Visitors can stand at the very bottom of the river, and behind will be the pools will glisten as they gently rise up before the massive Black Cullin Mountain overlooks all! Perfect. Say cheese.