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Scotland’s Incredible Natural Wonders

There are many natural wonders worth seeing in Scotland. Some of them have legends and traditions attached to them, while others are appreciated for their aesthetic value. Below is a brief description of some of the more popular natural wonders of Scotland.

The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is precisely that – a natural whirlpool.
Situated off the coast of Argyll in the Corryvreckan Gulf, the whirlpool
is created by the complex tidal system in the area. On windy days,
massive waves (up to 15 foot!) can also be seen. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool
carries a legend of love and loss due to lack of chastity.

On the Isle of Staffa you’ll find Fingal’s Cave – a striking natural rock
cave right on the coast of the island. What makes this cave so special is
the many vertical basaltic pillars which stretch up in and around the cave.
It is surmised that the cave was formed naturally by the sea’s undermining
the vertical rock formation, causing a large section of it to fall away.
Its peculiarity makes the cave well worth a visit.

If you are travelling to the North of Scotland, Shetland or Orkney, you have
to make an effort to see the Northern Lights. Aurora Borealis is basically
ions – sun particles – which after an incredible journey enter earths
atmosphere and react with the gasses found there, producing amazing lights.
They are a splash of vivid and bright colors, most often green, which moves
constantly in the night sky. The Northern Lights do not appear every day but
can be predicted with a reasonable amount of accuracy. Most of the Scottish
folklore involving this natural wonder revolves around battling titans or
bloodied battlefields, however it ranges from region to region.

Another two natural wonders worth seeing are Loch Lomond and the Great Glen.
Both are well preserved natural areas which provide pleasurable sight seeing
and many outdoor opportunities. Why not include some of these natural wonders
in your trip to Scotland? You’ll find that they are well worth it.