The Highlands are the Scotland of your imagination. It is an amazing combination of culture, history, architecture, and picturesque scenery. The area is filled with magnificent landscapes, big skies, excellent food and friendly people. In the highlands you can explore Britain’s largest National Park, take in the North Highland views, check out Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis and travel to Scotland’s most famous loch, Loch Ness.
The Highlands are also known as a natural playground. Fort William is the Outdoor Capital of the UK and hosts Mountain Bike World Cup and has a variety of different sports such as fishing, golf, kayaking, white water rafting, gorge walking, Munro bagging and many more. This is the perfect place for anyone who loves to go on adventures.
- Loch Ness: Loch Ness is Scotland’s largest and most famous lochs, known around the world thanks to its elusive monster Nessie. It is just a short distance from Inverness and stretches an impressive 23 miles. Urquhart Castle overlooks Loch Ness and is a former royal castle that has witnessed some of the most dramatic periods in Scottish history. Loch Ness is also famous of “Nessie” the monster that dates back to 1933. Learn more about the mystery at two interactive exhibition centers, Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience.
- Ben Nevis: Ben Nevis has a wild heart, adventurous spirit and a flair of drama. The peak towers above glistening lochans and deep glacial valleys. Ben Nevis is located near the town of Fort William and is part of Grampian Mountain range. Ben Nevis was once a massive active volcano which exploded and collapsed inwards on itself million of years ago.
- Jacobite Steam Train: Jacobite Steam Train is described as the greatest railway journey in the world. The 84-mile round trip to Mallaig takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Your journey starts near Ben Nevis and visit’s Britain’s most westerly railway station. It passes by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain and the shortest river. It finally arrives at Loch Nevis. The steam engine was also used as “Hogwarts Express” in the Harry Potter films.
- Eileen Donan Castle: Eileen Donan Castle & Visitor Center is an iconic Scottish monument which is one of the most photographed places in the country. It is a Scottish icon and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands. It is located on its own little island and overlooks the Isle of Skye. It is also surrounded by the forested mountains of Kintail making it a truly breathtaking sights. Visitors have the opportunity to wander most of the rooms of the castle which contains period furniture, Jacobean artifact, displays of weapons and fine art.
Isle of Skye
- The Quiraing: The Quiraing is a landslip located in the north of the Isle of Skye, the area is known as Trotternish. This is a great place to walk as it passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. The walk is a 4.3 mile walk that takes approximately 2 hours.
- Dunvegan Castle & Gardens: A trip to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savoring the wealth and history offered in Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. The castle was build on a rock in a beautiful loch side setting. There are many fine oil painting and clan treasures on display. Visitors can enjoy tours of the castle and learn about the history and clan legends that come with it. The Castle also has a formal garden that began in the 18th century. The contrast between the barren moorland and the beautiful garden make it simply breathtaking.