Creative Content Writer & former Tour Guide at HAGGiS Adventures. Scottish travel blogger and adventure lover. Kay enjoys travelling Scotland solo, and has visited 42 Scottish Islands. She loves to live up to stereotypes by dying her hair ginger, and regularly consuming haggis and whisky. A Scottish history geek and all-around chatterbox, she can literally talk for Scotland.
World's most fascinating natural rock formations
When you visit to some of the world’s most bizarre rock formations, you’ll see first-hand that nature is a force to be reckoned with. These insane natural wonders have to be seen to be believed. They look like they've been lifted straight from a sci-fi thriller!
Prepare to be truly amazed as we take you on a virtual tour of the most bizarre rock formations on the planet.
1) Kilt Rock
Not far from Portree on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, you’ll find Kilt Rock, which is a unique cliff face said to resemble a kilt. From the viewpoint, you can see the vertical basalt columns that look like kilt pleats complete with sills of dolerite that form the pattern. Adding to this rock formation’s beauty is the Mealt Waterfall, which plummets 60 metres to the sea below.
2) The Old Man of Storr
Before we leave the Isle of Skye, we need to mention the Old Man of Storr, which is a tall pinnacle of rocks created by an ancient landslide. You can see the Old Man from miles away due to its height, or you can get up close and personal with this natural spectacle by walking the main trail between Portree and Staffin. But the best way to absorb the epic sights, history and culture of this island is to embark on our 3-day Skye High Tour.
3) Giant’s Causeway
Now let’s head over to Northern Ireland, where you can view Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim. This collection of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, and it’s one of the most otherworldly sights in the UK. It’s been both a national nature reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1980s.
Before leaving Northern Europe on your tour of the world’s most impressive rock formations, pay a visit to Iceland to see Svartifoss. This mesmerising waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park is surrounded by dark lava columns that appear to hang freely. While you’re here, check out the glaciers, rivers, snow-capped peaks and ice caves.
5) Goreme Fairy Chimneys
Over in Central Turkey, you’ll find the Fairy Chimneys, a bizarre series of cone-shaped rock formations in Cappadocia. Erosion from the elements over millions of years is responsible for the distinctive appearance of the rocks. Some of the formations have been hollowed out to create monasteries, hotels, storage facilities and homes. The best way to view this unique region is from above via hot air balloon.
6) Wave Rock
Now, let’s head over to the southern hemisphere. Or, more specifically, Australia. It’s no surprise that this continent-sized country boasts plenty of must-visit rock formations. And some of the most visually impressive rocks remain off the beaten path for many tourists. Located near Perth, Wave Rock spans a width of 350 feet and a maximum height of 47. From the right angle, it looks like a wave about to break as it approaches the shore.
7) Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)
While we’re talking about Australian rock formations, we have to mention the most famous: Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). This sacred, seemingly glowing-red rock is one of the most visited natural sights in Australia despite being located over 200 miles from the nearest town, Alice Springs. If you’re visiting Australia, take a tour to the incredible Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park with AAT Kings and explore some of the world’s most iconic natural landmarks.
If you’d like to visit some of the incredible natural wonders around Scotland, check out our extended tours which visit the Isle of Skye!