Top 10 Fake Scottish Photos that went viral

At ScotClans we have a very active Facebook group: Scottish Clans and Families, it’s been going for many years now and has nearly 28,000 members. Over the years we have seen many photos of Scotland come in that have proven to be fake. So here are my top 10, enjoy :-)

10. A lovely drive in the Scottish Highlands?

Not a lovely drive in the Scottish Highlands

Not a lovely drive in the Scottish Highlands

Where this is …. Ladybower Reservoir from Bamford Edge,Derbyshire, ENGLAND (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybower_Reservoir)

The Real One in England

The Real One in England

Notice the real photo has been manipulated to make the gentle hills look more like mountains.

9. An Old Settlement in the Scottish Highlands?

 

Not Scottish Castles

Not Scottish Castles

 

Pena National Palace

Pena National Palace

Where this is … Little Castle in The Lakes at Pena Gardens, Pena Palace, Sintra, Lisbon, PORTUGAL.  They are in the gardens and are only tiny.

Not surprising this one gets shared all the time as if you do a google images search for ‘Scottish Castle’ it’s right there on the first page.

Not surprising this one gets shared all the time as if you do a google images search for ‘Scottish Castle’ it’s right there on the first page.

 

8. Purple Forest, Scotland?

Purple Forest, Scotland?

Purple Forest, Scotland?

Purple Forest, Scotland?

Purple Forest, Scotland?

Where this is …. Jacaranda Tree Tunnel, Sydney, Australia

7. Romantic Scottish Bridge?

Not a romantic bridge in Scotland

Not a romantic bridge in Scotland

Where this is …. Tzielefos Bridge, Cyprus.
Tzielefos Bridge is one of the medieval bridges situated between Elia and Roudia bridges. The path towards the particular bridge goes towards a dense pine forest, over Arminou dam, past Pera Vasa picnic site (a huge dry tree trunk of the Pera Vasa pine exhibited here), and continues through “Saouris” farm belonging to Kykkos monastery, past the Cave of Saouris, “Mita’s pen and near the vultures” observation point.

6. Winding Rocks in The Scottish Highlands?

Not Winding Rocks in The Scottish Highlands

Not Winding Rocks in The Scottish Highlands

where this is ….

Winding Rocks - Spain

Winding Rocks – Spain

Barrica, SPAIN

5. Fairy pools, Skye?

Fairy Pools, Skye?

Fairy Pools, Skye?

where this is ….

Shotover River in New Zealand

Shotover River in New Zealand

Shotover River in New Zealand, where the vegetation is a normal shade of green. The vivid purple color is photoshopped.

4. Kilchurn Castle?

Not Kilchurn Castle

Not Kilchurn Castle

The real Kilchurn Castle …

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

3. Gerard Butler being all Scottish?

Gerard Butler The Highlander?

Gerard Butler The Highlander?

what this really is …

Not Gerard Butler

Not Gerard Butler

2. Definitive proof of the existence of the Loch Ness Monster?

Loch Ness Monster?

Loch Ness Monster?

what this really is …

Not much of a monster!

Not much of a monster!

fibreglass hump used in a National Geographic film

A Scottish skipper Nessie Hunter IV, George Edwards finally made the limelight after producing an image of a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle. The picture quickly went viral and presumably Edwards, who insisted: “I’m convinced I was seeing Nessie as I believe in these creatures,” got a lot more customers wanting to visit the loch.
George later revealed it was all a big hoax – and what he’d actually photographed was a fibreglass hump that can be seen in 2011′s National Geographic film The Truth Behind The Loch Ness Monster.

“Why should I feel guilty for having a bit of fun?” the indignant 61-year-old said.

“Where would Loch Ness be without the world’s best known forgery? These so-called experts come along with their theories about big waves and big fish, and their visitor centre, but I’m sick to death of them.

1.5 Glencoe / Skye

Seen this labelled as both Glencoe and Isle of Skye but this is a composite image.  A cut out bridge  over a reversed image of the mountain range at Glencoe then heavily manipulated. The cutout bridge is a free stock image, download it and have your own Ye Olde Bridge (http://oilusionista-stock.deviantart.com/art/Cutout-Old-Bridge-275093367)

A bridge to no where

A bridge to no where


Ye Olde Bridge gets in the way a bit at The ScotClans Office

Ye Olde Bridge gets in the way a bit at The ScotClans Office

1.75 Hermitage Bridge

We often see this picture shared in out Facebook group, labelled Hermitage Bridge:

Not Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Not Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Where this really is: The Gorge De L’areuse in Switzerland

This is the real Hermitage Bridge in Scotland:

The real Hermitage Bridge in Scotland

The real Hermitage Bridge in Scotland

1.8 Abandoned Scottish Village

abandon

Where this really is:
Movie set in Germany. (Hansel & Gretal).
 

1.Wild haggis (Haggis scoticus)?

Wild haggis (Haggis scoticus)

Wild haggis (Haggis scoticus)

What this really is …
Danger Internet Hoax

About Amanda Moffet

I run www.scotclans.com with Rodger Moffet. Live in Edinburgh and love travelling around Scotland gathering stories.

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