Top 10 places to catch a stunning Scottish sunset


Scotland looks glorious in the sunshine (even though sunny days can be rarer than badly made Scotch whisky), so when the warmer months come around, we always try to make the most of them.

And there is really nothing better after enjoying a hot day outdoors, than watching the colors begin to change as the sun begins to set.

Particularly when the waning light and shadows dance across our beautiful landscapes and scenery – it can be truly breathtaking.

With that in mind, here is our rundown of the most beautiful places to watch the sun go down across Scotland.

1. Eigg



The view from Eigg is like a picture postcard

This is one of the top views in Scotland, if not the UK, looking over to Rum from Laig beach on the Isle of Eigg.

The Norse-named peaks Askival, Ainshval, Hallival, Trollival and Barkeval are on full display on a clear day and look stunning when the sun goes down.

2. Calton Hill, Edinburgh



The sun sets behind Edinburgh's Calton Hill
The sun sets behind Edinburgh’s Calton Hill

Right in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, visitors to Calton Hill only need to walk five minutes to reach the top.

On the way up views of the Athenian acropolis poke above the skyline and from the summit you can see the whole of Scotland’s capital.

3. Rum



The Isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides
The Isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides

Views from this nature reserve in the Inner Hebrides are spectacular. A sunset will showcase panoramic views across to Eigg or A’Chill. Rum is just a short ferry ride from Mallaig or Arisaig.

4.Oban Bay



Sunset over Oban Bay from McCaig's Tower
Sunset over Oban Bay from McCaig’s Tower

A sunset from Oban Bay is not to be missed.

Views look out right over Maiden Island while small powerboats and yachts are dotted along the coastline.

5. Callanish, Isle of Lewis



Sunset at the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis
Sunset at the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis

The magical meets the mystical at this beautiful site on the Isle of Lewis, Outlander fans will recognize these famous standing stones as the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun.

6. Neist Point, Skye



The Isle of Skye is popular with visitors all year round
The Isle of Skye is popular with visitors all year round

Neist Point sits on the far west of the Duirinish peninsula. With its lighthouse and dramatic cliffs, this is one of the most spectacular spots on the island.

Views stretch south to Barra and north to Benbecula and Harris.

7. South Queens Ferry



The Forth Road Bridge at South Queensferry at sunset
The Forth Road Bridge at South Queensferry at sunset

The Forth Road Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Scotland. Watching a sunset from South Queensferry overlooking the bridge is definitely a must-do this summer.

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8. Lochinver, Sutherland



Lochinver is like a picture postcard in all weather
Lochinver is like a picture postcard in all weather

Everything is encompassed in this Scottish beauty spot. Views west and north look over the Lewis in the far distance. Behind the village are imposing mountains which can create a pink hue to the sunset which stretches over a quaint fishing port.

9. Dorney



The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle bathed in glorious gold at sunset.
The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle bathed in glorious gold at sunset.

Dornie sits at the meeting point of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. The village is famous for being the home of Eilean Donan castle.

Some argue that this natural wonder of this village is more spectacular than the castle itself.

10. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris



A couple enjoying gorgeous sunset on Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
A couple enjoying gorgeous sunset on Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

What could be better than a sunset at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches? Well a trip to the Isle of Harris could be one you never forget – especially when the sunsets look like this.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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