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    Posted on Jun 6, 2016

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

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

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

      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.

      Via HBO
    2. 2. What about this?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via Flickr: sandyseek / Creative Commons
    3. 3. Where would you find this city?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via HBO
    4. 4. Where do you think this is?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via Flickr: 127130111@N06 / Creative Commons
    5. 5. What about this castle?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via Flickr: neillwphoto / Creative Commons
    6. 6. Where do you think this is?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

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

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      Correct answer: Westeros

      Castle Pyke, to be exact.

      Via HBO
    8. 8. Is this a Scottish forest, or a Westerosi one?

      Correct! 
      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.

      Via HBO
    9. 9. Where would you find this castle?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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).

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

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

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

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via HBO
    12. 12. What about this?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via HBO
    13. 13. Where do you think this is?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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.

      Via Flickr: oliver_clarke / Creative Commons
    14. 14. Is this in Scotland or Westeros?

      Correct! 
      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.

      Via HBO
    15. 15. Where would you find this creepy place?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      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).

      Via Flickr: takeiteasybut / Creative Commons
    16. 16. And finally, where do you think this is?

      Correct! 
      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.

      Via HBO

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