Discover the most beautiful, historic and inspiring places in Scotland.
All short way off Finnich Cottages
FINNICH GLEN (DEVIL'S PULPIT)
1,4 miles, 3 minutes.
The place is called The Devil’s Pulpit, located in Finnich Glen. This surreal magical place is cut 70 feet deep into a dark red sandstone gorge, Nowadays, people often refer to the glen itself as the Devil’s Pulpit. However, that name, in its original usage, did not refer to the glen, but to a feature within it: more specifically, it was the name of a particular rock.
You can get there with steps called Devil’s Staircase, made 200 years ago and are in a very bad state, take some ropes and hiking boots as it is more of a climb down to get into the glen than any sort of safe passageway. On entering the gorge you are immediately struck by the vividness of the moss and ferns contrasting with the Dark red water.
BALMAHA & CONIC HILL
6,6 miles, 14 minutes.
Balmaha is a village on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in the council area of Stirling, Scotland.
It is a popular tourist destination for picnickers and day trippers from Glasgow as well as walkers on the West Highland Way.
The village has a visitor centre for the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It sits at the westerly foot of Conic Hill - a sharp little summit offers truly fantastic views over Loch Lomond and its many islands. The summit of Conic Hill is around 350m high, which means it gets the heart pumping but it’s not too much of a challenge. You’d have to have a reasonable level of (walking) fitness to get to the top, but it’s quite an accessible climb for all, including the young and the slightly older.
15 miles, 27 minutes.
Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde.
Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.
This dramatic volcanic plug, which is Dumbarton Rock, in-filled the crater of a volcano that was active 350 million years ago.
The rock is well exposed and inaccessible on all sides.
STIRLING CASTLE & WALLACE MONUMENT
24,4 miles, 36 minutes.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles, if not the grandest of all. The castle is situated on top of the 250ft high Castle Hill, an extinct volcano and is open for visitors all year round. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Stirling became the strategic military key to the kingdom during the 13th and 14th century Wars of Independence and was the favourite royal residence of many of the Stuart Monarchs.
The National Wallace Monument is a tower of Gothic Revival design atop the Abbey Craig hilltop. It is a shrine to the iconic Scottish hero Sir William Wallace, a leader of the Wars of Scottish Independence. The statue, which was constructed in 1869, is a major symbol of Scottish national identity and pride. Gaze up at the 220-foot (67-meter) sandstone tower that marks the spot where Wallace allegedly watched the preparations of the English Army.
FALKIRK WHEELS AND KELPIES
28,7 miles, 55 minutes.
The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland.
The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise.
The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.
GLEN COE & GLENFINNAN VIADUCT
77,1 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes.
Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins, in the Highlands of Scotland. It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The Glen Coe was used as the location for the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and in the James Bond film Skyfall.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway bridge on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. Located at the top of Loch Shiel, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument erected as a tribute to the Jacobite clansman. The viaduct was constructed by Robert McAlpine & Sons between 1897 and 1901. The viaduct is built from mass concrete and has 21 semicircular spans of up to 50 feet (30m) high and is 416 yards (380m) long. The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan!