Your Brave Adventure in Scotland

The backdrop to the new Disney-Pixar animation, Brave, is one of atmospheric beauty – craggy mountains, clear rivers, mist-covered castle ruins and mysterious standing stones.  If you’re longing to experience the enchanting scenery that inspired the filmmakers, why not make your next holiday a Scottish adventure?  There are many sides to Scotland you can explore, whether you want to discover more of the myths and legends, go wildlife watching or wrap yourself in rugged landscapes.

Scottish Landscapes
Explore Scotland’s varied and hauntingly beautiful landscapes, from the huge expanse of the Highlands to the rolling hills of the Borders.  Scotland’s two national parks, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and The Cairngorm National Park, are great places to experience majestic mountain ranges, rugged glens and mesmerising lochs.  Whether you holiday on the coast or in the country, you’re sure to be spellbound by breath-taking scenery.    
Castles
You’ll find majestic castles and romantic ruins in spectacular settings all across Scotland, from Eilean Donan, the most photographed castle in Scotland, to the striking Kilchurn Castle.  Follow in the footsteps of the Brave production team, who visited Urquhart Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Caerlaverock Castle and Kildrummy Castle for inspiration.  Aberdeenshire has a dedicated Castle Trail, where you can explore 16 of the area’s castles, including the impressive cliff-top Dunnottar Castle and the fairytale-like Craigievar Castle.  
Wildlife and Nature
Scotland’s lochs, rivers, glens, coastline, mountains and forests are home to a wide range of wildlife, making it an ideal destination for wildlife lovers.   Enjoy some wildlife spotting in the countryside or as you travel around Scotland, or head out on a local boat tour or guided walk.  Visit WildScotland for information and ideas on planning a wildlife holiday in Scotland.

Ancient and Historical Sites

If you want to discover atmospheric standing stones, as featured in Brave, there are many fascinating sites across Scotland you can explore, including the Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis (also visited by the filmmakers of Brave).  Retrace the footsteps of the past and discover ancient Scotland preserved in peat, stone and sand.  There are many fascinating sites across the country, such as Orkney’s World Heritage archaeological sites and the prehistoric landscape of Kilmartin Glen.

Historic Scotland have created an itinerary of places that inspired the filmmakers of Brave where you can be inspired by Scotland’s past.  Take a look at this beautiful video for some ideas!

For complete freedom and flexibility on your Scottish adventure, why not stay in a local holiday cottage?  You can find holiday homes near national parks, nature reserves, on the coast and in idyllic rural locations – giving you an authentic experience of Scotland.  For a fairy tale adventure, why not stay in a castle or in the castle grounds?  Visit EmbraceScotland to browse quality assured holiday homes across Scotland.

Have you been inspired by Brave?  Do you have suggestions on places to visit?  Leave your comments or questions below. 

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