The Highlands' nature and geography

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Get to know the Highlands - our trailer

Discover the Highlands of Scotland, a breathtaking land filled with stunning scenery, beautiful wildlife and fantastic activities.

VisitScotland The Highlands Guide
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Discover towering peaks, magnificent glens, famous lochs and breathtaking beaches in the Highlands, where the scenery never ceases to amaze.

The north Highlands delivers scenery on a grand scale. In the west, there are the striking peaks of Suilven, Quinag, Canisp and Stac Pollaidh, as well as Ben Hope, Scotland’s most northerly Munro. With a sheer drop of 658 ft, you'll also find Britain’s highest waterfall, Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, in the North Highlands. Further east lies the while the remarkable Flow Country of Caithness, an area rich in Pictish and Viking heritage and a haven for wildlife. Witness the dramatic sea cliffs around Cape Wrath, the highest on the Scottish mainland.

Wherever you look in the Highlands, the landscape is spectacular. Lochaber has some of Scotland’s finest mountain scenery, the undoubted highlight being Glen Coe. The Great Glen Way runs parallel to the Caledonian Canal, one of the great waterways of the world. Loch Ness needs little introduction and Glen Affric is regarded as one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens.

The Cairngorms National Park is Britain’s largest National Park and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is an untouched wilderness. Skye has the famous Cuillin hills and the Trotternish Ridge, 20 miles of bizarre rock formations marked at the start by the Old Man of Storr, an extraordinary rock pinnacle, and also featuing the extraordinary Quiraing.

The Highlands is also blessed with numerous sublime beaches including Sandwood Bay, Achmelvich and the Sands of Morar made famous by the classic movie Local Hero

  • Attadale Gardens with a view of Loch Carron
    Attadale Gardens, Loch Carron
  • A mountain biker on part of the blue route at Carbisdale Mountain Bike Trails near Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
    A mountain biker on part of the blue route at Carbisdale Mountain Bike Trails near Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
  • A viewpoint looking down to Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail
    Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail
  • An angler fishing at Big Sands beach, Gairloch
    Angler at Big Sands beach, Gairloch
  • Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye
    Cuillin mountains from Sligachan, Isle of Skye
Dingwall with the clock tower of the town hall visible in the distance

Towns and villages

Find out more about the city, towns and villages in the Highlands with information on attractions, activities, history and more.

Flowerbeds at Inverewe Gardens

Parks and gardens

Take a stroll through one of the parks and gardens in the Highlands. Browse the listings and organise your day out today.

View to the Cairngorms, across Glen Feshie and some small lochs in Inshriach Forest

Forests and woodlands

Explore the forests and woodlands in the Highlands and experience the great outdoors and fun activities offered by the region.

The Five Sisters of Kintail and Loch Duich from the Mam Ratagan pass

Mountains and hills

Take to the mountains and hills in the Highlands and experience some of Europe’s most majestic and breathtaking landscapes.

Looking along the empty Dornoch beach

Beaches

Some of Scotland's finest coastline can be found in the Highlands with beaches including Morar, Gruinard and Bettyhill.

Smoo Cave, near Durness

Caves

Visit the caves in Scotland and admire these amazing natural features.

Buachaille Etive Mor

Landscape

Discover large-scale landscapes which are the result of ancient mountain building, volcanic activity and huge glaciers carving out the lochs and glens.

Looking over a bay on the Arndnamurchan coastline to the the Small Isles of Rhum, Eigg and Muck

Islands

Not only does the Highlands boast magnificent moutains, grand sea lochs and gorgeous beaches, but this region also boasts a number of picturesque islands.

The CairnGorm Mountain funicular railway climbs up amdist the snow

Cairngorms National Park

Use this itinerary to explore and discover the wild gems at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Itineraries

Wild Coastal Trail

Follow this trail around the Highland coastline to see a huge variety of sea life in Scotland, including whales and dolphins.

Moray Coast Trail

Explore the beautiful Moray Coast on this delightful walking trail with splendid views of the Moray Firth and the North Sea.

South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail is a 28 mile trail stretching from Loch Tarff to Torbreck Woods on the outskirts of Inverness.