7 Scottish Locations Straight Out Of A Fairytale


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We might be biased when it comes to Scotland, but with so many magical spots, who can blame us?

From fairytale castles and cascading waterfalls to hobbit holes and tree houses that look story book ready, there is something to enchant everyone…

Scottish Fairytale Locations

1. Fairy Village

Nothing says fairytale more than magical fairies. But did you know you could spot them right on your doorstep?

At this Glasgow wonderland in Pollok Park, visitors can stroll through the woodland, gardens, riverside walks and meadows while keeping an eye out for any little mythical creatures.

The fairy village has lots of fairy houses littered throughout the forest with bridges to cross, gnomes to see and chimes placed throughout.

Visit: Pollok Country Park is located in Glasgow.

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2. Craigievar Castle

It’s hard to believe this stunning pink castle is located in Scotland and does not only exist in Disneyland!

However, it is said to have been the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle. Burrowed deep within the forest and surrounded by bewitching woodland trails, this eclectic and magical Aberdeen castle is perfect for immersing yourself in the romance and beauty of traditional fairytales.

Visit: Craigievar Castle is located in Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Please note there are selected opening times from March to September.

3. Finnich Glen

Although a bit tricky to get to (it requires a steep set of stairs so we advise your best walking boots) this stunning waterfall is worth it.

The 100ft deep gorge looks fit to be in an other-worldly fantasy novel. Often referred to as the Devil’s Pulpit, Finnich Glen actually once appeared in Scottish TV hit Outlander where it is used at St. Ninian’s Spring, also known as Liar’s Spring.

Visit: Finnich Glen runs east from Finnich Bridge in Stirlingshire.

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4. Fairy Glen

While Skye is often linked to fairies (you only have to think of their Fairy Pools), the Fairy Glen is the most magical yet.

With its cone-shaped hills, caves and stones positioned in a circle, this fairytale location reminds us of the Disney movie Brave.

Visit: Fairy Glen is located on the Isle of Skye.

5. Fernie Castle Treehouse

Although you won’t have to physically climb up a tree trunk to get there, this treehouse at Fernie Castle still has all the mythical elements associated with the most magical of fairytales!

Equipped with its very own balcony, this is every princess’ dream. Perfect for relaxing with a book (or imagining yourself singing with the birds), this picturesque property is actually deceivingly big. Although nestled into the treetops, this little wonder houses a huge elm king-sized bed and a TV.

Visit: Fernie Castle Treehouse is located on Cupar Road in Letham.

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6. Hobbit Holes

This enchanting burrow reminds us of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Built into the hillside, surrounded by grassy hills and sprinkled with hand carved decor, including a rustic bed, this wee haven is an utterly magical getaway.

Visit: These are located on Craighead Farm in Dunblane with selected opening times from April to October.

7. Drummond Castle Gardens

Drummond Castle not only has one of Scotland’s finest gardens but also stars in many films and TV shows, such as Rob Roy and Outlander.

Located near Crieff, these magical gardens are some of the largest in Scotland. Although the castle itself isn’t open to the public, the mesmerising gardens allow visitors’ imaginations to run wild as they explore the formal terraced gardens and marvel over views of the castle and surrounding countryside.

Here in these gardens you’ll find an array of enchanting designs and fascinating fountains… as if you’re in a scene of Alice in Wonderland!

Visit: Drummond Castle Gardens are located in Crieff in Perthshire.

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Eve MacDonald

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