Special Interest: Beauty Spots


  • Argyll

    As Argyll strictly speaking includes much of the Western seaboard and Inner Hebridrean islands of Scotland, there are no shortage of beauty spots. However to narrow the area, we have seperated out Benderloch and Appin in the North, the islands, Kintyre in the South and the Cowal penninsular. As well...view more

  • Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms National Nature Reserve is really a suite of nature reserves that are accessed from five different areas: North-West from Angus to access Glen Clova, Corrie Fee and Glen Doll; North from Blairgowrie or Pitlochry on the A93 to access Glenshee and Braemar; East from Aviemore and Highlan...view more

  • Fort William

    Fort William is surrounded by lochs and mountains and so there are many beauty spots to be found on the walks surrounding the area, however Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: Achriabhach Forest Walk, Cia-Aig Falls, Glengarry Forest Walk, Glenloy Forest and Lagga...view more

  • Inverness-shire

    In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: The Aigas Dam & Fish Lift (in conjunction with the significant wild-flower locations on the Aigas Nature trail), Dog Falls, The Falls of Divach, The Reelig Glen Forest Walk a...view more

  • The Black Isle

    The Black Isle is a famously beautiful area of Scotland - pretty villages, lazy winding roads and a strong sea influence throughout. Private House Stays has identified a few beauty spots amongst many: Brahan Seer Plaque - Chanonry Point, Munlochy Clootie Well, Cromarty Foreshore Walks, Culbokie Loch...view more

  • Lanarkshire

    One of the most spectacular beauty spots in Lanarkshire is the Falls of Clyde, where there is a visitor centre, The fifteenth Century Corra Castle, The Corehouse nature reserve and a 2.4km circular walk round a gorge. Private House Stays has also identified the following other beauty spots but also ...view more

  • North East Scotland

    The Aberdeen-shire area that includes Donside, Royal Deeside, Moray and Speyside is teeming with stunning Beauty spots, some of which are significant wild-flower destinations or Bird/Nature reserves. In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your c...view more

  • Loch Ness

    Loch Ness is itself a wonderously beautiful place throughout its length, but being part of the Great Glen, the loch itself is surrounded by wonderful woodland walks and the significantly beautiful Kintail & West Affric Nature reserve is just a few miles west of Drumnadrochit. Private...view more

  • Moray

    Moray has many beauty spots along the Moray Firth, magnificent woodlands and riverbank grasslands that trace the winding river valleys that includes the upper reach of the Spey. Gight Wood is a particularly recommended wildlife reserve, but we also recommend Bow Fiddle Rock, Randolphs Leap, Roseisle...view more

  • Aberfeldy and Loch Tay

    In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Falls of Acharn, Tummel Forest Walks, Wade's Bridge and Weem Forest Walk. Also the following are lovely areas to visit and particularly good for those interested in wild ...view more

  • Mull and Iona

    Mull and Iona are both stunningly beautiful islands in general, so it would be a very subjective list to prioritise selected beauty spots over others, however the following places have been identified: Aros Park, The Calgary Art in Nature Woodland Sculpture Walk, The amazing Fingals Cave on Staffa i...view more

  • Nairnshire

    The North coast of Nairnshire, on the Moray Firth has some lovely views across to the Black Isle. The Nairn riverside walks and Culloden Forest Trails are recommended, as well as The Culbin Sands Nature reserve which is particularly good for its birdwatching. The gardens at Brodie and Cawdor castles...view more

  • Perth and Kinross

    Moncrieffe Hill Wood is a reknown local beauty spot in Perth city and in Kinross Private House Stays has identified the following recommendations: Glen Quey, Glen Sherup, Kilmagad Wood, The Loch Leven National Nature Reserve and Rumbling Bridge Gorge. ...view more

  • Perthshire

    There are many beautiful spots that local residents will be able to recommend in Perthshire and many parks attached to Country House Hotels that may only be classified as semi-private and tactfully visited. The walks above Pitlochry are rightly famous and other places we have identified as: Drummond...view more

  • Highland Perthshire

    Private House Stays has also identified the following for your consideration: Insh Marshes Nature Reserve, Carie Forest Walks, Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, Faskally Forest Walk, Falls of Bruar Walk, Pass of Killiecrankie and the area round The Queens View Visitor Centre....view more

  • East Perthshire

    The Beauty spots identified by Private House Stays in East Perthshire are Abernethy Glen, The Meikleour Beech Hedge and The Den of Alyth...view more

  • Eigg Rhum and Muck

    On Rhum the two identified beauty spots are the Kinloch Glen and South Side Nature Trails and Rhum National Nature Reserve (ie most of the island!). Eigg we consider to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in the whole of Scotland. The Sgurr is a perfect little mountain to walk up with a won...view more

  • Rothesay and Cowal

    Private House Stays has identified the following Beauty spots within the Rothesay and Cowal area for your consideration: The Kingarth Trail, Rothesay Walk - Loch Fad & Loch Trail, The Bute Trail, Glendaruel Forest, The Kyles of Bute and Pucks Glen....view more

  • Ayrshire

    There are a number of wildlife reserves around Irvine that are recommended for wild flowers and bird-watching: Gailes Marsh, Lawthorn Wood, Oldhall Ponds, Perceton wood, Shewalton Sandpits and Wood and Sourlie Wood. Further South you have Ayr Gorge Woodlands near Mauchline, Knockshinnoch Lagoons nea...view more

  • Shetland

    The Shetlanders would doubtless have many different views of the most beautiful places to be found in the wild, dramatic and wind-swept corners around the Shetland Islands but some of the more famous names identified by Private House Stays include: Haaf Gruney National Nature Reserve, Hermaness Nati...view more

  • Skye

    So much of the Skye coastline is simply beautiful, where you can find beautiful sun-traps and secluded rocky inlets for children to play in, build rock-skulptures, go shrimping and swim. However some of the more famous beauty spots are: The Old Man of Stoer, Storr Nature Trail, The Quiraing, Fairy G...view more

  • Dumfriesshire

    Apart from the Beauty Spots listed as more famous as Bird-watching or wild-flower locations, other Beauty spots in Dumfriesshire worthy of consideration are: Balmaghie Deer Park, Southwick coast near Dalbeattie, Knowetop Lochs near Corsock, Brow Well, The Burns Mausolleum and Plantain Loch and Dalbe...view more

  • Edinburgh and Lothians

    In Midlothian the nature reserves that are recommended are: Linn Dean near Dalkeith, Roslin Glen, Milkhall Pond near Penicuik, Erraid Wood near Fairmilehead, and Red Moss South of Balerno. In West Lothian the recommended nature reserves are: Hermand Birchwood and Addiewell Bing near West Calder, Lin...view more

  • Central and Stirling

    Private House Stays has identified the following Beauty spots in the Stirlingshire area: Doune Ponds Nature reserve, Carron Glen near Denny, Carron Dam near Falkirk, Flanders Moss near Thornhill, Wallacebank Wood near Stenhousemuir, Gartmorn Dam Country Park, Glen Ogle Trail, Ochil Hills Woodland Pa...view more

  • Strathclyde

    The Strathclyde region is well developed with attractive places as the area West of Glasgow, both North and South of the Clyde Firth is the area in to which much of Glasgows affluence has been invested, including much expensive residential property. The Beauty spots identified by Private House Stays...view more

  • Strathearn

    Apart from the delightful waterfall at Buchanty Spout, Private House Stays has also identified the following walks and beauty spots: The Murray Park Nature Trail, The Glen Lednock Circular Walk, Glentarken Wood Walk and Provosts Walk near Auchterarder...view more

  • Balmoral

    The Balmoral area is situated in Royal Deeside which is as beautiful a river as can be found anywhere in Scotland. There are many beautiful viewpoints that can be found by researching the Queen Victoria trails which highlight the favourite walks around the area of the turn of century monach. However...view more

  • Strathspey

    The whole area of Strathspey is seriously beautiful and The Speyside Way is a long-distance path that tracks the river and is much recommended. However Private House Stays has identified some particular spots for your consideration: Dulsie Bridge, Loch Garten Nature Reserve, and Pattack Falls Forest...view more

  • Scottish Borders

    There are a number of wildlife reserves in the borders that are recommended as beauty spots in addition to the stunning scenery to be found along the Tweed valley: Pean Dean near Pease Bay, Duns Castle, Gordon Moss near Gordon, Hare and Dunhog Mosses near Selkirk, and Whitlaw Wood near Hawick...view more

  • North Highlands

    The Northern and North-Western seaboards of Scotland are rightly famous for some fantastic beaches and sea-caves, of which Smoo cave is quite fantastic. In our opinion the beauty to be found is for those who apreciate that the area is sparcely populated and you can find peace and tranquillity. You d...view more

  • The Trossachs

    There are too many beauty spots in the Trossachs to produce a list that was any use but there are some locations identified that are there for your consideration or at least where you can get further information: Ben Lomond NTS, Falls of Lenny, Queen Elizabeth Park Visitor Centre, Sallochy Trail, St...view more

  • Around Ullapool

    If you find yourself near Ullapool you are either on your way to the Outer Hebrides or have already discovered that the Highlands of Scotland are universally beautiful when the sun shines but cold and windswept when the weather is less than perfect. Private House Stays particularly recommends the Ac...view more

  • Wester Ross

    Wester Ross is like the Ullapool and Far North Areas of Scotland that are universally spectacular with many coastal beauty spots to be found. The locals will recommend their favourite spots and we have also identified the following: Fionn Loch, Flowerdale Falls, Slattadale Forest Trail and Tollie Pa...view more

  • East Sutherland

    In addition to the Beauty spots linked below, Private House Stays has also identified the following for your consideration: Big Burn Waterfall Walk, Embo Beach Anchor, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, Ravens Rock Forest Walk, Loch Brora, Loch Morie in Easter Ross, Glen Glass and the Black Rock Go...view more

  • Edinburgh City Centre

    The Beuty spots recommended by Private House Stays in Edinburgh are linked below:...view more

  • Orkney

    There is hardly a spot on any of Orkneys huge area of coastline that could not be called a beauty spot, but the most famous identifiable spots are: Hobbister near Kirkwall, Noup Cliffs on Westray, The Churchill Barriers on Scapa Flow, Knap of Howar on Papa Westray, Mull Head Nature Reserve in Deerne...view more

  • Ardnamurchan

    Ardnamurchan Point lighthouse and museum is a beauty spot where you can get a cup of tea as well as park the car to search for wild-flowers or do a spot of birdwatching. The other two significant beauty areas in Ardnamurchan are Strontian Glen Nature Trail and Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserv...view more

  • East Neuk Villages

    In addition to the Beauty spots linked below, Private House Stays has also identified the following for your consideration: Silverburn Estate Trails, Newport-on-Tay Nature Walk, Craighall Den and The Wemyss Caves....view more

  • East Lothian

    Aberlady Bay is a large tidal bay beauty spot with a significant area of rough foreshore that borders the Gullane golf courses. It is not only famous as a bird-watching location but also for its wild-flowers and if you get the timing of the tides right you can walk out on the low-tide sands to see a...view more

  • Easter Ross

    Ross and Cromarty is mainly a rural area dominated by the Wesetern seaboard of the Moray Firth. It has great natural beauty although many of the views do include the amazing oil rigs parked outside of the Nigg oil rig manufacturing and repair yards. The identified beauty spots include Clanland and S...view more

  • Galloway

    Galloway is a large area in the South-west corner of Scotland that includes lots of coastline within Wigtown Bay, Luce Bay, Portpatrick and Stranraer. Much of the interior of the area is dominated by the Galloway Forest park which is Britains first Dark skys area (for star-gazing) and through which ...view more

  • Outer Hebrides

    Within the Outer Hebrides area is the UNESCO world heritage site of St Kilda which has the worlds largest gannet colony, a dramatic landscape of sheer cliffs and sea stacks and is rated one of the top sports diving locations in the world. However the whole Outer Hebrides archipelago is about the bea...view more

  • Angus

    In addition to the beauty spots linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Arbroath Cliffs Nature Trail, Brechin Bridge, Loch of Kinnordy Nature reserve, Mains of Ethie Walks, St Cyrus Beach Nature Reserve and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve....view more

  • Morar

    The beaches of Arisaig are world famous and rightly so. Over quite an extensive area you get amazing shallow inlets and sandy coves where a family can shelter from any breeze and let their children run wild to find shells and diving rocks, safe from any strong currents and often where the water has ...view more