Scotland has a surprising number of attractions considering its small size. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to rapidly check off all the popular Scotland tourist destinations before looking for the more distinctive and odd experiences. Here are 11 unique places in Scotland that maybe you have never heard of.
1. Corrievreckan Whirlpool, Argyll
Did you know that the third-largest whirlpool in the world is found in Scotland? Moreover, it was originally declared to be unnavigable by the Royal Navy. While you can now take one of the daily boat cruises to embark on your very own Scottish adventure, these boys were obviously having a bad day. Wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy seeing whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals will find these cruises to be a good two-for-one deal.
2. Fingal’s Cave on Staffa, an isolated island
This magnificent cave, which has unique natural acoustics, can be found in Scotland’s Far West, not far from the Isle of Mull. Visits are only permitted between April and September, though certain boat tour providers let you walk through some of the caves.
Similar basalt columns in Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway have an odd hexagonal shape. Tiree Sea Tours took us to the cave, and the trip took one hour total—one hour to get there (with two extra dolphin pod sightings), one hour on Staffa, and one hour to get back to Tiree.
3. Bobby’s Bus Shelter, Shetland Islands, Unst
The Shetland Islands are so far north that seeing the Northern Lights is common. These aren’t the only thing to see, though; every day, tourist buses travel to the busiest stop in the entire globe!
This little Scottish bus shelter, which features a yearly change of couches, side tables, and other home comforts, was saved from demolition after a young kid lobbied for its survival. The Scottish government not only complied with his request, but they also furnished a tiny space for him.
4. Finnich Glenn’s The Devils Pulpit
Because of the lack of any markers directing you to the trail, this magnificent location in Finnich Glenn, just to the north of Glasgow, can be a bit challenging to locate. Unfortunately, using Google Maps is still your best option.
This 100-foot ravine has its own fairytale entrance, an ancient stone staircase known as Jacobs Ladder, and received its name from the red-running river. Although generally accessible, this staircase contains steep sections where rope navigation is required to descend. So, those who have mobility concerns may want to stay away from it.
5. Island of Skye’s Old Man of Storr
This bizarre rock formation, which was featured in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, is definitely one of my favorite locations in the entire country of Scotland. One of the strangest sceneries in the world was made possible by these gravity-defying rock formations, which were the result of an old landslide in Scotland.
6. Footprints left by dinosaurs on the Island of Skye
These are real, too! If you travel to An Corran beach during low tide, you can see dinosaur footprints that date back 165 million years. I am aware that Skye has previously been discussed in this thread.
7. The underground vaults of Edinburgh
The 120 or so rooms (vaults) beneath the city were initially constructed in the 1700s as storage and working space. These rooms, which range in size from 2 to 40 square meters, were used as homes by the homeless, the poor, and many ghost stories. Visiting Edinburgh’s underground city is the best thing to do because it is so stunning.
8. The Scotland Hobbit House, Tomich
Built by a man named Stuart Grant, who insists his small house project wasn’t in the least way influenced by the Lord of the Rings films, it looks just like every tiny hobbit home in the series. Visits to his small property, which is located 30 miles west of Inverness, have increased since the strange photo of his house surfaced online.
9. Belhaven Bridge in Dunbar
Around mid- to high tide, Belhaven Bay beach in Dunbar will appear to have a small bridge resting in the midst of the water that connects to nothing. The little bridge, which can be seen in use at low tide, was designed to help people cross the Beil Water to get to the beach. One of Scotland’s sunniest spots is this beach on the East Coast, and for enthusiastic sunset photographers, this floating bridge point is a lesser-known location.
10. The Man in the Bath, Argyll’s Loch Melfort Hotel
The last thing you anticipate seeing as you stroll along the pebbly shores of Loch Melfort Hotel’s small beach and take in the vistas of the Inner Hebrides islands is a man in a bathtub staring back at you. But if you head out to the pier and keep an eye out for a little group of rocks right off the coast, that’s exactly what you’ll see.
11. The Secret Scottish Pyramid in Cairngorms
Scotland has its very own pyramid—did you know that? Not at all, I assure you! The Cairngorms National Park’s woodlands conceal this spectacular building. To read more about Cairngorms National Park, check out the blog below about it.