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Highlands & Islands

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes...

Early morning at Portree harbor

Eilean Donan Castle before sunset

Looking up Benmore Burn

Open road leading through the Highlands

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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

Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

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

Aberdeenshire

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

Northern Highlands

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

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.

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.

Moray

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

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.

Things to do in Highlands & Islands

Eilean Donan Castle

Perhaps the most iconic castle in Scotland. Featured in movies such as Highlander and James Bond. Fantastic Coffee Shop too!

Attadale Gardens

Spectacular 20 acre garden with views of the sea and Skye. Exotically planted ponds, waterfalls, rare trees and shrubs.

Bright Water Visitor Centre

An interactive visitor centre with info on otters and other wildlife, local history and Gavin Maxwell. Guided walks available.

Falls of Glomach

Walkers who venture out into this far flung Highland territory are rewarded with a view of one of the highest waterfalls in Britain. Walks can be up to five hours with no access by car.

Raasay House

A unique island experience with spectacular views and lots to do. Discover amazing wildlife and the rich history of Raasay.

Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

Award winning reptile exhibition, breeding centre, refuge, gift and coffee shop. 01471 822209

Islands Cycles

Bike hire, sales and repairs. The only one on Skye. 01478 613121

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