7 Spots In Ontario That Will Make You Feel Like You're Exploring The Scottish Highlands

Cue the bagpipes!
Ontario Associate Editor
Ontario Scotland Spots That Will Transport You To The Highlands

If you've been suffering from some major wanderlust lately, there are plenty of places in Ontario that will transport you to another world. You don't have to hop on a plane to experience views from abroad. Put on your kilt and cue the bagpipe music, because these Ontario Scotland spots will transport you to the Highlands.

Leave your passport behind and travel to a whole new world by visiting these places.

With trickling waterfalls, grassy hills, and historic ruins, you'll forget that you're still in Ontario.

You'll be whisked away to the lush countryside of Scotland with these dreamy adventures. 

Explore the crumbling ruins of an old mill at this conservation area, complete with limestone caves and sandy beaches.

Harry Potter fans will want to hop on board the Ontario version of the Hogwarts Express, which will have you feeling extra magical.

The majestic remnants of St. Raphael's church look like something you might see perched on top of a rolling hill in Scotland.

If you're looking for more European escapes, you can visit these places that will give you major South of France vibes.

Take a wee trip to these spots for your own Scottish getaway!

Rockwood Conservation Area

Price: $7.50 per adult

Address: 161 Fall St. S., Rockwood, ON

Why You Need To Go: This conservation area is home to the remains of Harris & Co. Rockwood Woolen Mill, and will transport you back in time. You can also enjoy limestone caves and secluded beaches.

Limehouse Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 12169 5th Ln., Limehouse, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander through trails that will transport you to another country. You can also see the ruins of kilns and explore deep caves.

Weaver's Creek Falls

Price: Free

Address: Weaver's Creek Falls, Owen Sound, ON

Why You Need To Go: Adventure along a woodland boardwalk path to this majestic waterfall that trickles through the trees. You'll half expect to see a fairy fluttering around the enchanting area.

Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

Address: Shelburne, ON

Why You Need To Go: With rolling grassy hills and open fields, this park will sweep you away to another land.

Topaz Lake

Price: Fees vary

Address: 960 ON-637, Killarney, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nestled among the hills of Killarney Provincial Park, this dreamy blue lake is as serene and peaceful as a walk through the Highlands.

St. Raphael's Catholic Church Ruins

Price: Free (donations accepted)

When: Summer months

Address: 19998 County Rd. 18, Williamstown, ON

Why You Need To Go: The site is home to the remains of one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. The building was consumed by a fire, but some of its walls still remain and make for the perfect day trip.

Waterloo Central Railway

Price: $19.99 + per adult

When: See website

Address: 50 Isabella St., St. Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hop on board the Hogwarts Express! This train ride may not take you through the Scottish Highlands like the real thing, but it's close enough.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

Madeline Forsyth
Ontario Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Editor for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Toronto restaurants and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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