Scotland’s rich history and dramatic landscapes have inspired many legends and fairy tales. From dormant volcanos to monstrous lochs, the country is full of enchanting spots just waiting to be explored.
Whether you’re intrigued by tales of witches and ghouls or fascinated by natural wonders, Scotland is the place where the magic happens.
Caledonian Sleeper has looked into every nook and cranny of the country to provide a helpful guide to Scotland’s most mysterious locations.
Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry
Set a short distance from Pitlochry Railway Station, The Enchanted Forest may not be steeped in history but the location certainly boasts magic.
The autumnal Faskally Wood is transformed each year during October and November into Scotland’s premier sound and light event, dazzling visitors with incredible visuals, innovative designs and colourful moving shapes set to music.
This year’s event is open until Saturday 4 November.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Situated in the centre of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is a popular hike for both locals and tourists alike, however many are unaware of the extinct volcano’s legends.
There are many legends as to how the hill got its name but Celtic tales tell of a sleeping dragon who lay down after eating too much, and that the hillside dew can make even the most ugly woman young and beautiful.
Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat for impressive panoramic views of the city and imagine the weird and wonderful stories thought of by people gone by.
Loch Ness Monster, Inverness
Inverness is famed for being home to the Loch Ness Monster.
Named by locals as ‘Nessie’, the dinosaur-like creature is said to haunt the deep waters of Loch Ness with sightings reported as early as the sixth century.
Loch Ness by Jacobite offers the chance to cruise Loch Ness and learn more about the fascinating history, both factual and folklore, of the area. Choose from a selection of tours which each provide a snapshot of the surrounding scenery and monuments from the comfort of a vessel.
Scotland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, a natural wonder that has fascinated and enchanted mankind for millennia.
Also called the Aurora Borealis or Mirrie Dancers, the theatrical performance of bright, moving colours in the night sky can often be spotted on cold and clear evenings, away from sources of light pollution, during autumn and winter seasons.
Stay up until the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of this unique display.
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