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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. Fochabers

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    Fochabers

    The charming village of Fochabers lies close to the River Spey between Buckie and Elgin on the main Moray coastal route.

  2. Dalwhinnie

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    Dalwhinnie

    Set amongst the dramatic mountain scenery in Badenoch, the small village of Dalwhinnie is a good base for exploring the countryside.

  3. Kingussie

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    Kingussie

    The main town of Badenoch, Kingussie is a paradise for outdoor activities offering invigorating Highland air, dramatic scenery and great hospitality.

  4. Lairg

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    Lairg

    Known as the crossroads to the north, the peaceful village of Lairg is beautifully nestled on the southern shores of Loch Shin.

  5. Helmsdale

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    Helmsdale

    Helmsdale, on the east coast of Sutherland, was built on golf, herrings and salmon.

  6. Tomintoul

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    Tomintoul

    Nestled at a height of 1164 ft on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains, Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands.

  7. Glenuig

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    Glenuig

    Located in the remote west coast of Scotland, the tiny but thriving community of Glenuig is an outstanding natural playground full of incredible wildlife.

  8. Dingwall

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    The lovely market town of Dingwall sits at the head of the Cromarty Firth in Ross-shire.

  9. Kylesku

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    Kylesku

    The small fishing hamlet of Kylesku is set in the Assynt area of north west Sutherland.

  10. 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.

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