5 Places You’d Never Believe Were The West Coast of Scotland

Scotland is breathtaking.

Don’t believe us? Have a look and see for yourself. Would you believe these pictures were taken on the west coast of Scotland?

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

castle next to water and scenery

This fortress might look like it belongs in a Danish Viking Settlement, but it’s actually Duart Castle located on the Isle of Mull. The castle is the ancestral home of Clan MacLean and dates back to the 13th Century.

Oban Bay

shoreline at night

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was an image of a picturesque Norwegian fishing village. It is in fact the harbour at Oban Bay.

As well as being ‘Gateway to the Isles’ Oban is a bustling seaside town with everything you need for a great day out including a host of great shops, restaurants, historic attractions and in true Scottish fashion, a distillery.

Fingal’s Cave, Staffa

volcanic stone looking out to sea

You’d be forgiven for thinking these geological marvels are Norse. This is actually part of Fingal’s Cave, a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. It became known as Fingal’s Cave after the poem written by 18th century Scots poet James Macpherson. The unique landscape was created by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. In some ways it is similar to the famed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

The Caribbean?


This scenic shot was taken on the Isle of Iona. One of the smaller islands on the west coast of Scotland, Iona is only 3 miles long with a year round population of less than 200 people. Iona has a strong connection with Christianity, dating back to the arrival of St. Columbas in AD563. Today Iona is still known as the centre of Scottish Christianity and Iona Abbey is still a centre for Christian pilgrimage.

Gold Coast?

Mull Calgary

Almost…The clear blue water might have you dreaming of Oz, but this picture was actually taken on the Isle of Mull.

If these scenic images have inspired you to visit the west coast of Scotland, have a look at our island tours or our Three Isles Tour which takes in Mull, Iona and Staffa in a day!