Sleigh's UK & Ireland Logo

Sleigh’s Top 5 – Natural Wonders

Some of our favourite natural wonders in Scotland

From the white sands of the Western Isles to the granite peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland’s landscape is one of the most diverse in Europe and conceals a great number of breathtaking natural wonders.

The Old Man of Hoy:

The UK’s tallest sea stack sits apart from the cliffs of the island of Hoy in the Orkney archipelago to the north of the Scottish Mainland. Less than 100 ft (30 m) in diameter, it stands 449 ft (137 m) high, presenting an imposing sight from land or sea and a challenge to the few climbers adventurous enough to tackle it.

Fingal’s Cave:

Located on the uninhabited Isle of Staffa, Fingal’s Cave is formed entirely from hexagonal columns of basalt rock. At 227 ft (69 m) in height, this cave could comfortably home a giant, and it got its name. The cave is said to have housed the giant Fingal, who feuded from here with his equally gigantic foe Fionn mac Cumhaill across the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Corryvreckan Whirlpool:

The world’s third largest whirlpool sits in the Strait of Corryvreckan, a narrow channel between the islands of Jura and Scarba just off Scotland’s west coast. On turbulent days, the 30 ft waves of the whirlpool can be heard up to 10 miles away. The whirlpool is prominent in Scottish mythology, identified as the washplace of the Queen of Winter, the abode of fierce and deceitful kelpies, and the site of the Viking King Breacan’s death.

The Northern Lights:

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is one of the most magical natural sights the world has to offer. Scotland’s dark skies provide the perfect viewpoint, with nowhere better to see them from than Europe’s first dedicated Dark Sky Park in Galloway – 290 square miles of land scoring 21-23.6 out of 25 on the Sky Quality Metre scale.

The Fairy Pools:

With a name evoking the Isle of Skye’s long association with those mythical winged creatures, the Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle are a series of waterfalls and crystal-clear rock pools. Fed by the freshest springs from the nearby Cuillin Hills, this is a perfect place for an adventurous swimmer with a thick skin – though an encounter with its fairytale residents can’t be guaranteed.

let's work together

Could this inspire your experience?

Whether it’s finding a castle to host a big family vacation, organising helicopter transport for a remote picnic or arranging unique private cultural experiences, we are eager to meet every client’s wishes.

More ideas

let's work together

The Sleigh Family have specialised in luxury travel since 1974 and are now leading experts in the industry

Over these 49 years we have acquired extensive experience and forged strong connections across every inch of the UK to become recognised leaders in our respective fields.

local, cultural expert insight across the UK & Ireland

With luxury ingrained every step of the way.