Top 3 Volcanoes to Visit in Scotland

Glen Coe, Ballachulish. Photo by Ian Cylkowski on Unsplash

While volcanoes aren’t the first thing you think of when visiting the UK, especially not live ones, Scotland was once home to active volcanoes which are now picturesque landscapes. You may have even visited these volcanoes and not known that’s what they were. Next time you’re in Scotland, check out these volcanoes.

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

The city’s highest peak, located in the center of Edinburgh, is Arthur’s Seat. The volcano is believed to have first erupted 350 million years ago and you’ll get a great view of the city from it. There are several walking paths that range in difficulty and you can even see layers of what remains of the volcanic rock.

Castle Rock, Edinburgh

This volcano, located in the old section of Edinburgh, has a castle built on top of it. The rock is around 340 million years old and the castle is absolutely breathtaking. The castle is surrounded by Reformation-era architecture.

Glencoe, Highlands

Not much remains of this ancient super-volcano, but what does can be enjoyed while climbing, snowboarding, skiing, or mountain biking, depending on when you visit. It’s pretty much an adventure lover’s dream and the views shouldn’t be missed.