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Unique and off-the radar destinations in Scotland

Scotland is well known for the stunning landscapes around Loch Lomond and the Isle of Skye. However, if you’re seeking unique and off-the-radar destinations in Scotland with the aim of getting outside and exploring away from the crowds, here is where to escape to on your next trip.

Scotland mountains

Assynt, Sutherland

Located in the far northwestern part of Scotland, Assynt is known for its stunning and rugged landscapes and incredible mountains. Explore the otherworldly beauty of the Assynt Geopark, climb the incredible Suilven and Stac Pollaidh, see the puffins on Handa Island and enjoy the solitude of remote beaches like Achmelvich and Clachtoll. 

Kinloch Hourn Loch Hourn

The Knoydart Peninsula

In a country the size of Scotland, it’s surprising that there are still parts of the country so remote that it can take days to get to them. Described as Britain’s last wilderness, Knoydart is only accessible by boat or a 16-mile (26 km) walk in from Kinloch Hourn. From Lochhournhead a old coastal path takes you out alongside Loch Hourn to Barrisdale Bay and onwards to Inverie, the main settlement on the peninsula.

The Isle of Jura

Nestled in the Inner Hebrides of the coast of Islay, the Isle of Jura is a hidden gem with magnificent landscapes and abundant wildlife. Explore the remote wilderness, hike the Paps of Jura, and visit the Jura Distillery to savour its famous whisky. Catch the ferry from Port Askaig on Islay to Feolin on Jura and explore this lovely remote island home to 180 people and 5000 deer. 

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Situated on Scotland’s west coast, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is a tranquil and unspoiled destination. The ‘headland of the great seas’ is the most western part of the British mainland and is beautifully unspoilt, wild and remote and is home to just 2000 people. Enjoy stunning coastal scenery, visit the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, go wildlife spotting, and explore hidden beaches like Sanna Bay.

Outer Hebrides

The Isle of Harris and Lewis

The Isle of Harris and Lewis, located in the Outer Hebrides, offers rugged landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage. The largest of the Outer Hebrides 15 inhabited islands, Lewis and Harris are actually the largest islands in the UK. Explore the stunning Luskentyre Beach, visit the famous Callanish Standing Stones, and immerse yourself in Gaelic culture.

Glen Affric

Glen Affric

Considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens, Glen Affric is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy hiking through the glen’s remnant ancient Caledonian pine forests, spot wildlife, and appreciate the tranquillity of Loch Affric. The 44 mile Affric to Kintail Way runs through the glen.

Sandwood Bay

Located in the far northwest of Scotland, Sandwood Bay is a remote and untouched beach accessible via a 4-mile walk. Enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery, the pristine beach, and the sense of solitude. One of the best destinations on the famous North Coast 500, a popular drive and destination in Scotland. 


Cairngorms National Park  (the off the beaten path areas)

While the Cairngorms National Park is very well-known and a popular destination in Scotland, there are still off-the-radar areas to explore. Visit the lesser-known glens like Glen Feshie or Glen Einich for stunning hikes and wildlife encounters.

  • Read more: how to visit the Cairngorms National Park
  • Where to stay: If you dream of retreating to a tiny log cabin in the woods, then I have the perfect spot for you. With an 8-bed hostel, a beautifully quiet 4-pitch campsite and three romantic eco-huts, the Lazy Duck is a little piece of off-grid heaven. If you prefer a B&B, deep in the Drumochter Pass in the Cairngorm National Park is Balsporran B&B. Upstairs are four simple, but luxurious, guest bedrooms and downstairs, owners Fiona and Geoff serve up lovely communal meals.

The Aberdeenshire Coast

While the city of Aberdeen is well-known, the surrounding Aberdeenshire Coast offers picturesque fishing villages, rugged cliffs, and beautiful sandy beaches. Discover the charming towns of Stonehaven and Pennan, and explore the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle.

Galloway Forest Park

Located in southwest Scotland, Galloway Forest Park is a vast expanse of wilderness with dark skies, making it an ideal spot for stargazing. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife spotting in this tranquil and lesser-known area.

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