A SCOTTISH gorge has earned international recognition after it was named among Europe's "most spectacular" by a Spanish newspaper.

Finnich Glen, often referred to as the Devil's Pulpit, landed the number 19 spot by El Pais in conjunction with travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.

The gorge, just 12 miles from Glasgow, is already a popular destination among Scots.

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The renowned gorge, which has featured in the TV series Outlander and the film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, was described as "a magical place".

The Scottish beauty spot has since exploded in popularity. 

The newspaper wrote: "Deciduous trees and shrubs desperately clinging to the sheer rock. 

"If you look up, between the wet cliffs you see nothing but a tiny strip of blue sky. 

"And it is that this glen of Finnich (Finnich Glen), next to Loch Lomond, in Scotland, is a magical place, especially in the corners where the rays of the sun reach, illuminating the narrow ravine with an aura of mystery. 

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"It is here, in Finnich Glen, where the so-called Devil's Pulpit is located. 

"According to legend, the Celtic Druids secretly met at this rock altar. It's only about 30 minutes from Glasgow, but it feels like another world."

The Footbridges of the Paiva in Portugal topped the list while the Viamala Gorge in Switzerland came second.