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The people have spoken, and it looks as though Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the entire world by Rough Guides.

Rannoch Moor - Sunrise over Rannoch Moor in the West Highlands of Scotland (© Photo by John Mcsporran (https://www.flickr.com/photos/127130111@N06/))
Sunrise over Rannoch Moor in the West Highlands of Scotland
© Photo by John Mcsporran (https://www.flickr.com/photos/127130111@N06/)

While us here at Caravan Sitefinder aren’t surprised by this (in fact, we’re a little smug), some of you may not even know why Scotland has earned this most prestigious of titles. There is beauty from top to toe in Scotland, but here are just five unmissable places to visit on any journey to this magnificent country.

Rannoch Moor

This huge expanse of peat and bog is a place of pilgrimage for many photographers and those in search of quiet beauty. The light here is know for being outstanding all year round and the views are stunning no matter which direction you look in. On Rannoch Moor the skies are huge, mountains big and man small.

Loch Nevis, Knoydart

The Knoydart peninsula is often referred to as the UK’s last wilderness; a final frontier with no roads and no way in apart from by boat or a very long walk. The word ‘Nevis’ means ‘heaven’ in Gaelic, and there are days when there are no other words to describe this loch at what feels like Middle Earth.

Loch Hourn, Knoydart

Where Loch Nevis means “Lake of Heaven”, Loch Hourn conversely means “Lake of Hell”. This loch marks the entry to the Knoydart on the northern border and, despite it’s astonishing beauty at times, a sweeping storm can whip up a frenzy like no other, giving the impression of Hell opening its mouth on the world.

Sandwood Bay

Remote and usually devoid of people, Sandwood Bay could be mistaken for the Caribbean if it weren’t so cold. The sands and turquoise sea can only be reached by a four mile walk, so it only attracts a certain typer of person most of the time. Legends of shipwrecks and buried Viking ships are aplenty in these parts.

Ben Loyal

Ben Loyal is true to is name and is a place that will stay with you forever. Also known as ‘The Queen of the Scottish Mountains”, Ben Loyal rises from the north coast of the highlands with a granite summit like no other around. This mountain is prominent in the skyline and dominates the horizon. This area is barren, sparsely populated and addictively stunning.

Assynt

Assynt is full of iconic Scottish mountains; Quinag, Sulivan, Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh. This landscape, which is moorland dotted by warped mountains, is pretty out of the way in terms of out-of-the-way in Scotland. It’s worth the long miles though for the sheer beauty and wildness of it all.

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Knoydart - Loch Nevis from Meall Buidhe west ridge (© Photo by Ted and Jen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedandjen/))
Loch Nevis from Meall Buidhe west ridge
© Photo by Ted and Jen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedandjen/)
Loch Hourn - On the ascent of Ladhar Bheinn (© Photo by Graham Lewis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62929104@N00/))
On the ascent of Ladhar Bheinn
© Photo by Graham Lewis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62929104@N00/)
Sandwood Bay - As the tide headed out this reef became a nice slippy scramble with lots of small rock pools (© Photo by Andrew (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arg_flickr/))
As the tide headed out this reef became a nice slippy scramble with lots of small rock pools
© Photo by Andrew (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arg_flickr/)