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  • The village of Avoch on Avoch Bay, the Black Isle
    Avoch
  • Dingwall with the clock tower of the town hall visible
    The market town of Dingwall, near Inverness
  • Looking over Loch Linnhe to the town of Fort William with Ben Nevis in the background
    Looking across Loch Linnhe to Fort William and Ben Nevis
  • Looking along the High Street in Nairn
    Nairn High Street
  • Looking down to Plockton and Loch Carron from a hillside above the village
    Plockton and Loch Carron

Find out more about the city, towns and villages in the Highlands with information on attractions, activities, history and more. The region's welcoming towns, villages and remote communities are a pleasure to explore.

The resort town of Aviemore, with its excellent range of hotels, restaurants and bars, makes the ideal base for discovering the many attractions and beautiful scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.

The peaceful fishing village of Findhorn boasts miles of sandy beaches and draws plenty of sailing boats and a great deal of birdlife. Lossiemouth is loved by surfers and golfers, who are drawn to miles of golden sand and two excellent links courses. The historic town of Elgin is home to a number of attractions including Elgin Cathedral and Elgin Museum, Scotland’s oldest independent museum.

Inverness is a modern and dynamic city worth spending some time in. Among the attractions of the Highland capital are Inverness Castle and Eden Court (with its theatre and cinema) in addition to a wide range of top hotels, quality restaurants and shops. For some peace and relaxation, cross the suspension bridge to the tranquil Ness Islands where you can chill out by the river or take a scenic walk along the bank. A good place to watch life on the Caledonian Canal is the pretty village of Fort Augustus and Nairn is home to grand villas, beautiful beaches, two championship golf courses and an excellent museum.

In Thurso, make sure to visit Caithness Horizons, a wonderful museum and gallery that tells the story of the area. Helmsdale boasts the Timespan Heritage and Arts Centre and in the estuary town of Wick visitors will love the largest multi award-winning museum in the north of Scotland, the Wick Heritage Centre.

Portree is the main town on Skye and a popular base for exploring the rest of the island. The harbour town offers a wide range of accommodation options and there are plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. Back on the mainland, Fort William is best known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and is a brilliant base for outdoor activities like climbing and hillwalking.

Browse the listings and organise your trip to the towns and villages of the Highlands today.

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  1. Ferness

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    Ferness

    Ferness is a small settlement in lower Strathdearn of Scottish Highlands.

  2. Burghead / Hopeman

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    Burghead

    The beach-blessed coastal villages of Burghead and Hopeman are situated on the shores of the Moray Firth in the north east of Scotland.

  3. Munlochy

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    Munlochy

    Munlochy is a small village lying at the head of narrow Munlochy Bay, just off the road to Tore.

  4. Rhiconich

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    Rhiconich

    The remote hamlet of Rhiconich is located at the head of Loch Inchard in the rugged and beautiful Sutherland region in the North Highlands.

  5. Fort Augustus

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    Fort Augustus

    Situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic village is a popular tourist destination.

  6. Rogart

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    Rogart

    The small crofting community of Rogart is situated in an elevated position in the attractive valley of Strath Fleet.

  7. Brora

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    Brora

    Placed perfectly on the magnificent east coast of Sutherland, the small village of Brora boasts a prime golf location.

  8. Mosstodloch / Lhanbryde

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    Mosstodloch

    Mosstodloch and Llanbryde are villages near Fochabers in Moray.

  9. Glencoe

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    Glencoe

    The magical Glencoe combines world-famous scenery with history and is one of the highlights of any trip to Scotland.

  10. Sconser

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    Sconser

    The coastal village of Sconser lies on the south side of Loch Sligachan at the foot of the Red Cuillins on the Isle of Skye.

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