Skyrim's Top Five Most Fantastic Locations
Five places in the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that will blow your mind.
You’ve done Daggerfall, marched all over Morrowind and seen all Cyrodiil has to offer – so who says the wintery world of Skyrim is going to trump all that? We do. Here’s our top five favourite places in Skyrim and why you should make a beeline for them as soon as you possibly can:
Location: Smack in the centre
Look Out For… Mammoths, Giants
All roads lead to Rome, so to speak, and if you follow Skyrim’s natural course you’ll quickly find yourself in the city of WhiteRun. It’s a fortress of sorts, a massive quest hub and a great place to sign up with some of Skyrim’s various factions. There’s also a stables just outside where you can buy a horse and a caravan that will instantly transport you to other major locations, allowing you to mark them on your map for fast-travel in the future.
Location: South-East Skyrim
Look Out For… Skeeva, Sabre-Cats
The south of Skyrim is much milder than the frozen north, and Riften is a rather pleasant Venice-like city on stilts. Don’t let its looks deceive you though, this is the headquarters of the Thieves Guild. Delve into the sewers to sign up with these vagrants – and discover why they’ve fallen on hard times…
Look Out For… Bandits, Hagraven
Markath is famous for its silver mines and its ruling faction, the Silver-Bloods. It’s cut into the sheer face of a mountain and boasts soaring towers. It’s also hoe to several temples, including the godess of love and beauty and a certain nasty Daedric God, whose altar is hidden away from prying eyes.
Location: Far North-East
Look Out For… Ice Wraiths, Dragons
Winterhold is one of our favourite places in Skyrim for two reasons: it’s winter wonderland – completely frozen, surrounded by raging snowstorms and glaciers dropping off into an icy sea. It’s also home to Winterhold College, a centre of excellence for Magi. The College is an impressive sight, suspended on a pinnacle of rock joined to the mainland by a crumbling bridge.
Location: Just east of WhiteRun
Look Out For… Trolls, Ice Wolves
The top of the Throat is home to the Greybeards, a group of scholars who will help you develop you Dragon Shout talents. By far the highest point in an already mountainous region, it’s also an incredible place to do a bit of sightseeing. To climb it is the closest video-game equivalent of climbing Everest: it took us an hour just to go from the base to get this screenshot of the peak. And yes – you can climb all the way to the top.