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25 Places In Scotland That Are Straight Out Of A Fantasy Novel

Who needs Westeros? We've got Wester Ross.

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This series of blue, inviting interconnected pools and waterfalls in Glen Brittle might look tropical, but they're actually freezing cold (well, they are in Scotland after all). Despite that fact, they're very popular with wild swimmers.

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The "Great Herdsman of Etive" dominates the skyline for miles around and can easily be seen from the scenic A82 road. The name actually refers to a ridge rather than an individual mountain: Its most recognisable peak is Stob Dearg (pictured).

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Kilchurn Castle is a ruined 15th century fortress that sits at the north eastern end of Loch Awe in Argyll. It was the ancestral home of Clan Campbell, but was abandoned after being badly damaged by lightning in 1760.

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Who needs Westeros when you've got Wester Ross? In the centre of this highland loch sits Shieldaig Island, which is covered in mature pine trees despite the fact the surrounding hills and mountains are bare: It's thought they were planted in Victorian times.

Sgùrr Thearlaich is one of several peaks that form the Black Cuillin ridge in Skye, which also features a hard to climb "Inaccessible Pinnacle". You can watch an incredible video of Scottish trial cyclist Danny Macaskill riding to the top of the pinnacle here.

Finnich Glen, also known as The Devil's Pulpit, is a very narrow 100ft deep gorge hidden away in trees about four miles south of Drymen and about 16 miles north of Glasgow. The fast-flowing waters make it a popular spot for canyoning.

Eat your heart out, Middle-earth.

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