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Are These Photos Of Scotland, Or "Game Of Thrones"?

It's not easy: They're both full of snow and pale people.

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  1. 1. Is this Scotland, or Westeros from Game of Thrones?

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Westeros

    It might look a bit like a brochure for a pony trekking holiday in Clackmannanshire, but the distant view of Winterfell gives it away a bit.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  2. 2. What about this?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    This bizarre landscape couldn't look more Game of Thronesy if it tried, but it's actually the spectacular Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, a series of amazing rock pinnacles formed by an ancient landslide.

    Correct answer: Scotland
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  3. 3. Where would you find this city?

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    Correct answer: Westeros

    It's King's Landing! Come for the scenery, stay for the parade of naked women being publicly shamed for having affairs with their cousins.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  4. 4. Where do you think this is?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    It might look like a screenshot from Beyond The Wall, but this is actually the crystal clear Loch Achtriochtan, which reflects the dramatic northern ridges of the Bidean Nam Bian (Three Sisters) mountain range near Glencoe.

    Correct answer: Scotland
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  5. 5. What about this castle?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    It definitely looks ominous enough to be in Westeros, but this is actually Kilchurn Castle, a ruined 15th century fortress that sits at the north eastern end of Loch Awe in Argyll.

    Correct answer: Scotland
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  6. 6. Where do you think this is?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    No, you won't find any priestesses of R'hllor giving birth to shadow demons here: It's Smoo Cave, a 200 foot long series of interconnected sea caverns near the village of Durness in the Highlands.

    Correct answer: Scotland
    Via Flickr: alx78 / Creative Commons
  7. 7. What about this castle?

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    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Westeros

    Castle Pyke, to be exact.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  8. 8. Is this a Scottish forest, or a Westerosi one?

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    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Westeros

    This forest north of the Wall would make a lovely Christmas card, if you didn't mind that your Chistmas card featured a soon-to-be-murdered member of the Night's Watch.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  9. 9. Where would you find this castle?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    This fortress is actually Dunnottar – from the Scottish Gaelic Dùn Fhoithear, which means “fort on the shelving slope”. The site is thought to have been occupied since Pictish times (5000 BC to 700 AD).

    Correct answer: Scotland
    Via Flickr: yashima / Creative Commons
  10. 10. What about this cliff?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    This cliff might look like part of the Iron Islands, but it's actually Neist Point, a dramatic headland that forms the most westerly point on Skye.

    Correct answer: Scotland
    Via Neist Point Flickr: handslive / Creative Commons
  11. 11. Is this in Scotland or Westeros?

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    Correct answer: Westeros

    It's so scenic beyond the Wall. It's a bit of a shame about all the wights and White Walkers, really.

    Correct answer: Westeros
    Via HBO
  12. 12. What about this?

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    Correct answer: Westeros

    This is the Twins, the seat of House Frey in the northern riverlands. Isn't it pretty? Nothing bad could possibly ever happen here.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  13. 13. Where do you think this is?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    This is Strome Castle, in Wester Ross. Yes, you read that correctly: There really is a Wester Ross in Scotland. We should sue George R.R. Martin for plagiarism.

    Correct answer: Scotland
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  14. 14. Is this in Scotland or Westeros?

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    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Westeros

    This would make a really nice National Trust property, but it's actually the melted, twisted ruins of Harrenhal, the largest castle in Westeros. Well it was, until massive fucking dragons burned it down.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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  15. 15. Where would you find this creepy place?

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    Correct answer: Scotland

    This is a very traditional view of Edinburgh Castle, in that you can't actually see it at all because of the thick sea mist (or haar, as it's known in the 'burgh).

    Correct answer: Scotland
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  16. 16. And finally, where do you think this is?

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    Wrong!

    Correct answer: Westeros

    This is a group of White Walkers observing the battle at Hardhome, although the weather definitely seems pretty Scottish. Hope they brought midge repellent along.

    Correct answer: Westeros
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Are These Photos Of Scotland, Or "Game Of Thrones"?

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Oh dear. You definitely don't know your King's Landings from your Kingussies. It might be a good idea to either rewatch Game of Thrones, visit Scotland, or both.

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You're certainly a lot more knowledgeable than Jon Snow, but you could probably do a bit better, especially if you live in Scotland. Just refresh the page, try again, and we'll pretend this never happened.

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You are a bona fide Game of Thrones genius, and you clearly know a lot about Scotland too. In short, you're damn clever. Well done!

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