Towns and villages in the Highlands

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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 off