A Breath of Fresh Air: The Best Remote Open Spaces to Visit in Scotland

With so many unique remote open spaces and one of the lowest levels of air pollution in the world, a visit to Scotland is the breath of fresh air we’ll all need. We’re sharing some of the best remote open spaces in Scotland, so we all have something to look forward to visiting when the outbreak comes to an end.

The Lost Valley, Glen Coe

The Lost Valley in Glen Coe is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Many Scots themselves have no idea about the hidden valley, also known as Coire Gabhail, where the MacDonald clan once hid their cattle. It’s a steep and rocky climb and many trekkers are left wondering: ‘are we there yet?’ as they hike. But as they begin to descend onto an incredible stretch of open space, they’ll know when they have arrived. Even on the sunniest of days the valley is still peaceful and quiet – never too busy. Concealed amidst the highlands, far away from any city, the Lost Valley leaves visitors feeling refreshed and revitalised.

The Angus Glens

What is better than one glen? Try six! The Angus Glens is a series of glens set in the Cairngorms National Park. There’s Glen Clova, Glen Doll, Glen Lethnot, Glen Prosen, Glen Isla and Glen Esk. 10 Munros can also be found in the glens, ideal for hillwalkers and cyclists. Whilst each is entirely unique, they all offer some of the most magnificent landscapes of north east Scotland! With a variety of ski slopes, Glen Shee is thought to be the most popular out of the six.

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

It doesn’t get any more remote than St. Kilda, the island group lying 41 miles off the west coast of Benbecula. Until 1930, Hirta, the main island, was the remotest inhabited Island in the UK, but it doesn’t feel like much has changed since. Despite this, St. Kilda still welcomes in its fair share of visitors throughout the year. As one of the few World Heritage Sites in the world to be awarded dual status for meeting the natural and cultural criteria for the classing, it’s not hard to see why. Here, the air is fresh and the water is clean, so much so, it’s home to the continent’s largest colony of seabirds such as gannet and puffin.


The Applecross peninsula is famed for its drive, particularly because it’s part of the North Coast 500 route. This area can be found in Wester Ross in the northwest Highlands of Scotland, and although it’s rather secluded, it’s easily reached by car. Applecross wasn’t always so easy to get to, however. Until the early 20th century, the area was so isolated, it was only accessible by boat. Those who travel here feel like they are ‘on the edge of the world’ – a feeling you won’t really feel anywhere else. It’s thought that the area around Applecross was one of the earlier settled parts of Scotland and to the north, visitors can find the location of a major archaeological site in the coastal settlement of Sand.

Applecross, Scotland

Sandwood Bay, Northern Highlands

Stretching for around 8 miles, a walk along the golden sand of Sandwood Bay is one way to clear your mind and fill your lungs with fresh, salty air. The fact that this beach is considered as one of the most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain says a lot about its natural beauty. As a remote bay, there is no road access, but there is a 4-mile flat path that leads from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore.

Best of Scotland Holidays is still taking bookings for Autumn/Winter trips and 2021 trips too. It’s important we all still have something to look forward to when this is all over.

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