Highlands & Islands

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes...

The Scottish Highlands and Islands epitomise Scotland with its picture-postcard scenery; awesome wild places with towering mountains, ancient pine forests and shimmering lochs.

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Maybe take the `Road to the Isles' via Mallaig and beyond to Skye or appreciate the `brooding' and spectacular natural beauty of Glencoe. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and famous landmarks like the Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters.

This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities. This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings. Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed.

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Destinations in Highlands & Islands


Aberdeen is a city of many names but it is often referred to its most popular one - The Granite City.

Aviemore and the Cairngorms

With a rare wildlife stronghold and a landscape shaped by the ice ages the Cairngorms National Park is full of scenic variety and has a treasure trove of natural wonders for you to enjoy.

Fort William and Lochaber

Fort William and the Lochaber area has to be the outdoor capital of the UK due to the its location at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak.

Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

Inverness, Capital of the Highlands lies at the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth.


The beautiful county of Moray lies east of Inverness and Nairn and is well hidden from the main Scottish tourist route.

Northern Highlands

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression wherever you travel.

Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Skye is one of the largest and best known Scottish islands and is famous for its spectacular mountains

Things to do in Highlands & Islands

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

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