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22 Insane Photos That Prove Scotland Is Arendelle From "Frozen"

Snow glowing white on mountains? Check. Reindeer? Check. Tribes of trolls? Probably.

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1. Buachaille Etive Mhor

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The name of this fire-tipped, pyramid-shaped, 3,350-foot-high mountain in the Highlands means "The Great Herdsman of Etive", and it's definitely somewhere that Queen Elsa would build a humongous ice castle.

2. Callanish standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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These ancient standing stones date back to the late Neolithic (new Stone Age) period. They were arranged in a cruciform shape, and were a focus for early ritual activity. They're probably also home to a tribe of friendly trolls.


3. Sunrise over Rannoch Moor from Stob Mhic Mhartuin

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The snow glows white on this mountain in Glencoe, so you shouldn't climb it in winter without ice axes, crampons, and other specialised equipment. Unless you're an ice queen with magical powers, of course.

4. The Queen's Forest, Glenmore Forest Park

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This stunning forest stretches from the tranquil shores of Loch Morlich to the slopes of the Cairngorm mountains, and is almost certainly home to a cheerful talking snowman called Olaf.

5. Glen Etive

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This iconic glen nestled between the mountains of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag is home to a large number of red deer, like this cheerful doe lying on frosty bracken.

6. Cornish Loch

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This remote, lonely stretch of water in Ayrshire is surrounded by large heather moors which make it hard to reach, especially in winter, but it's definitely worth the effort. Especially if you want to be alone and free.


7. Highland cow near Aviemore

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This stoic, hardy native cattle breed has long, wavy hair, and individuals can weigh up to 1,800 pounds, making them highly resistant to winter weather. Basically, the cold never bothers them, anyway.

8. Ben A'an

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You'll find this small but perfectly formed mountain in the heart of the Trossachs. It's a fantastic option for a short walk, and if you're lucky you might even see an optical illusion called a Brocken spectre (pictured).

9. Sgor Gaoith and frozen Loch Einich

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Sgor Gaoith is a huge, icy summit in the Western massif of the Cairngorms, ringed with steep cliffs that plunge straight down until they meet the shores of Loch Einich. It's a kingdom of isolation, basically.

10. Creise, Stob a' Ghlais Choire, and Meall a' Bhuiridh, Glencoe

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This group of icy mountains look remote, but they're actually accessible from the A82 main road with views of Glencoe ski centre, making them an ideal place to recreate iconic scenes from your favourite Disney movie.


11. Loch Lubnaig

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This bonny wee loch near Callander in Stirlingshire is part of Loch Lomond National Park. It's name means "the crooked loch", and it's overlooked by the twin looming mountains Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich.

12. Cir Mhor, Isle of Arran

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This beautiful ice cave on Cir Mhor (nicknamed the "Matterhorn" of Arran due to its similarity to the Italian Alps) would make a great shelter for people trapped in terrifying winter storms caused by cryokinetic magic.

13. Sail Mhor, Coire Mhic Fhearchai, Torridon

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This dramatic, forbidding, craggy, and snow-streaked mountain in the far north of Scotland overlooks a placid glacial lochan. Not pictured: The enchanted, furious snow monster lurking behind the horizon.


15. Tarmarchan ridge, Ben Lawers range

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This challenging ridge looks like something you'd find in the Alps (or a Disney movie about frozen things), but it's actually part of a circuit linking seven mountains; including Meall a'Choire Leith, Meall Corranaich, and Beinn Ghlas.

16. Loch Lomond

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This famous, 24-mile long loch is the largest inland freshwater expanse in the UK. It's stunning all year round, but it's particularly atmospheric in winter when the surrounding Trossach mountains are covered in snow.

17. Kilchurn Castle

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This ruined 15th century castle sits on a rocky peninsula that juts out into Loch Awe. It was the ancestral home of the Campbell Clan until it was destroyed by lightning and storms in 1760. Bet it was Elsa's fault.

18. Lochan Na h'Achlaise and The Black Mount, Highland

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This loch's name means "small loch of the armpit", proving Gaelic is sometimes prettier if you don't know what the words mean.


19. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

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This dramatic, beautiful medieval fortress is perched on an isolated rocky premonitory with just one path leading up to it, making it easy to defend from invaders, e.g. the Duke of Weaseltown.

20. Loch Tanna, Isle of Arran

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This gorgeous loch is the biggest one on the Isle of Arran, but can only be reached by trekking across particularly rough and wild terrain. So its advisable to take a friend with you, ideally an ice delivery guy with his own reindeer.

21. Coire Gabhail (The Lost Valley)

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This incredible, snowy, high, and remote secret valley in the Bidean Nam Bian mountain range was used by the Macdonald Clan of Glen Coe to hide their rustled cattle, and when they wanted to be at one with the wind and sky.