Up your Instagram game in Scotland

Eileen Donna Castle at dusk

While here at CaravanTimes we like to get a break from many of the trappings of modern life on a caravan or motorhome holiday, it’s true that Instagram locations are popular for a reason.

Using the social platform to help inform a trip can be a great way to include some showstopping destinations in your touring itinerary.

With this in mind, Private Tours Scotland has crunched the data and put together a list of the most Instagrammable spots north of the border.

Struan Baird, co-founder of Private Tours Scotland, said: “From spectacular lochs and mountains to fascinating castles rich with history, this data showcases the appreciation of Scotland’s beauty from tourists and locals, hopefully providing inspiration for your next trip.” 

Edinburgh Castle

A true icon of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle sits on a hill overlooking the capital, giving visitors lots of great vantage points from which to snap pics for social media.

Some 723,165 people have done exactly that and hashtagged images as they’ve posted them to Instagram.


Located within Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, Glencoe’s combination of steep valley and towering mountains make it the perfect setting for dramatic captures.

Add your post to the 607,634 already on Instagram, showing the stunning natural landscape in all weathers.

Loch Lomond

It’s impossible to comprehend the vastness of Loch Lomond until you see it with your own eyes, but 596,965 have tried with their hashtagged posts.

The world famous bonnie banks are home to charming villages and rolling hills, making it hard to find a prettier Instagram backdrop.

Loch Ness

Search as you might among the 527,939 posts featuring Loch Ness, but you’re unlikely to spot its eponymous monster.

Holding more water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined, Loch Ness’ sheer volume is what’s led to the mystery surrounding the beast, adding a brooding quality to Instagram pics.

Cairngorms National Park

The UK’s biggest national park is located in Scotland, offering captivating heather moorlands, wild mountains and meandering rivers.

Some 331,923 Instagram posts using its hashtag allow people to see the beauty of the landscape and may consider adding the Cairngorms to their touring itinerary.

Arthur’s Seat

It’s back to the capital for the ancient volcano sitting 251 metres above sea level, providing views of Holyrood Park and beyond.

Climbing Arthur’s Seat is something of a rite of passage for those visiting Edinburgh and 305,598 immortalised their achievement with images posted to Instagram.

Ben Nevis

Staying up high, Ben Nevis is Scotland’s tallest mountain, towering above glistening lochans and deep glacial valleys.

Choose one of the two main hiking routes to the top, or hop on the gondola to glide your way up the peak and add to the 276,055 posts from the mountain.

Isle of Arran

Scotland is famous for its islands and you can take your leisure vehicle on the ferry to Arran, as long as you book a spot for it well enough in advance.

Once you’re there, you’ll be met with lots of photography potential, from its impressive coastline to luscious forests, which 149,863 people have snapped for Instagram.

Eilean Donan Castle

If you’re travelling to Skye, then you can’t miss Eilean Donan Castle on the way. This gorgeous monument overlooks the Misty Isle at the point where three sea lochs meet.

It has proved magical for 108,495 hashtagged shots and is one of the most recognisable castles in Scotland as a result.

Stirling Castle

Rounding out the list with 92,983 posts is the former residence of Stewart kings and queens Stirling Castle.

Views of the surrounding countryside from the castle include the Wallace Monument, dedicated to the 14th-century Scottish hero.


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