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The “most beautiful places in Scotland” named by Conde Nast Traveler magazine

We all know Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world – and it seems an influential travel magazine agrees.

So much so that luxury travel website Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) even named some of its picks for the most beautiful places to see in our wonderful little country.

CNT writer Sophie Knight said: “The Scottish landscape has long inspired poets and artists, attracted game-changing hoteliers and compelled celebrities to settle in the Highlands and Islands.

“Here we bring together the most beautiful places in Scotland, from Edinburgh’s bustling streets to dramatic coastline and quiet countryside.”

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Here are some of the places they chose:

Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire



Glenapp Castle near Ballantrae

The 19th century castle is popular with visitors from all over the world, thanks to its luxurious rooms and fabulous views.

Muck’s Island



Incredible views on the Isle of Muck
Incredible views on the Isle of Muck

CNT said: “Highland ponies roam freely on the Isle of Muck in the Inner Hebrides. Most of this small island is used for cattle; native ponies roam the white sandy beaches.

“The Mermaid’s Pool – a swimming hole near the south of the island – is a deep place lined with limestone where the locals swim.”

The Glass Barn at Isle of Mull Cheese, Isle of Mull



The Glass Barn at the Isle of Mull Cheese Shop on the Isle of Mull
The Glass Barn at the Isle of Mull Cheese Shop on the Isle of Mull

CNT said: “We have named The Glass Barn one of Scotland’s finest restaurants for its view of the sustainable family farm it sits on.”

Eilean Shona



Eilean Shona
An epic view of Eilean Shona

Beautiful Eilean Shona, which is an island off the west coast of Scotland, is where JM Barrie is said to have written the screenplay for Peter Pan.

Dean Village, Edinburgh



Dean Village, Edinburgh, looking pretty in the snow
Dean Village, Edinburgh, looking pretty in the snow

Crossing the capital, the Water of Leith meanders through idyllic Dean Village.

CNT said, “For a scenic view of the city, take a stroll along the river which runs at the foot of the village.”

Isle of Mull



Boats at sunrise on the Isle of Mull
Boats at sunrise on the Isle of Mull

The Isle of Mull has been praised for its sandy beaches and quiet bays, the colorful harbor village of Tobermory and the rewarding high peak of Ben More. climbers with stunning views of the sea lochs.

North Berwick



North Berwick
North Berwick

The unspoiled port town has been singled out for its stunning views of the volcanic island of Fidra, said to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, as well as being a bustling hub of independent cafes and smart shops.

Eilean Donan Castle



The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle bathed in glorious gold at sunset.
The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle bathed in glorious gold at sunset.

This stunningly photogenic castle is located on an island where three sea lochs meet in the West Highlands.

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Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes