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  • Attadale Gardrens, Strathcarron
    Attadale Gardrens, Strathcarron
  • The village of Avoch, the Black Isle
    The village of Avoch, the Black Isle
  • The Castle of Mey, Caithness
    The Castle of Mey, Caithness
  • Glen Docherty and Loch Maree
    Glen Docherty and Loch Maree
  • Sango Bay, Durness
    Sango Bay, Durness

Uncover the truly fascinating history of the North Highlands by visiting historic castles, museums and visitor centres. On a visit to this region you can experience epic terrains of mountains, lochs, waterfalls and beaches. Look out for whales and dolphins on a wildlife tour or get active and enjoy mountain biking, walking, kayaking, fishing, golfing and more.


Marvel at the ancient mountains and beautiful beaches of the North Highlands. Visit historic castles and explore stunning nature reserves. Try mountain biking, go salmon fishing, play championship golf, 18-hole links and 9-hole golf, splash out with the best sea kayaking and surfing and look out for whales and dolphins off the coast. In the North Highlands, the possibilities are endless.

The stunning beaches of the North Highlands - among them Sinclair’s Bay, Dunnet, AchmelvichGolspie, Gairloch and Big Sand - are great for families.

Take a wildlife cruise from Gairloch, John O’ Groats, Ullapool, Wick or Cromarty harbours.

The North Highlands is a magnet for climbers and hillwalkers with legendary ascents like Beinn Eighe, Suilven and Quinag, as well as many less challenging summits.

Enjoyable 9-hole courses can be found at Durness, Gairloch, Portmahomack and Bonar Bridge.

With quality tracks cropping up around the region, mountain biking has become a major sport.  Cycle the coast to coast route from Brora to Ullapool.

Tour one of the distilleries in the North Highlands such as Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Balblair, Dalmore and Clynelish.

Wester Ross

Take in the striking mountains of Torridon and the dramatic sea lochs that cut into this stunning part of the Highlands. Make the epic road journey to Applecross and, further north, visit the splendid Inverewe Garden at Poolewe.

Search for wildcats, sea eagles and pine martens at the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

Croick Church in Strathcarron has a sad reminder of the Highlands’ turbulent past. In the Clearance of Glencalvie in 1845, 90 crofters took shelter in the churchyard and to this day you can see messages scratched into a church window by the crofters.

Enjoy food tasting, foraging and demonstrations at Wild About Food, held in Wester Ross at the end of September.

North West Sutherland

Journey to Cape Wrath lighthouse through the breathtaking Assynt scenery. See the grand peaks of Suilven and Stac Pollaidh and be amazed by the rugged terrain of the far north west as you revel in this true wilderness.

Visit the awe inspiring North West Highlands Geopark, which covers 2,000 sq km of mountains, forests, moors and coastline and stretches from the beautiful Summer Isles in Wester Ross to beyond Durness in the east.

The sea cliffs around Cape Wrath on the northwest tip are the highest on the Scottish mainland. Explore the many gorgeous beaches on the northwest coast or tackle the enticing Balblair and Carbisdale mountain biking trails on the Kyle of Sutherland.

Caithness and North East Sutherland

Over in the north east Highlands, make sure to visit Caithness Horizons in Thurso, a wonderful museum and gallery that tells the interesting history of the area.

Reach the most northerly point of the British mainland at Dunnet Head and witness the Stacks of Duncansby.

Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Scottish residence of the late Queen Mother. Mey Selections produces the highest quality farm and food products from the North Highlands. Their Scotch beef and lamb featured on the official menu for the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Thurso is one of Scotland’s top surfing spots, offering consistent waves and some great reef and beach breaks. The area is also renowned for sea kayaking.

Learn more about the area’s history from Neolithic to Vikings at the Wick Heritage Museum - the largest multi award-winning museum in the north of Scotland.

Mid and East Sutherland

Enjoy the varied wildlife at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and explore the fairytale Dunrobin Castle, the seat of Clan Sutherland.

The lovely town of Dornoch is a designated National Scenic Area and features Royal Dornoch, a championship golf course and the magnificent 13th century cathedral.

Nearby, the Highland Wildcat trails provide some great descents for mountain bikers amid glorious hill scenery.

Black Isle, Mid Ross and Easter Ross

Tain Through Time charts the history of Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh with a range of artefacts and photographs in three historic buildings, which includes a medieval church and a museum.

Find out about clan history at the Clan Gunn Heritage Centre or follow the Highland Pictish Trail from Inverness to Dunrobin Castle, which takes in many places in the Black Isle including the Churchyard Stone in Dingwall and the Eagle Stone in Strathpeffer.

Tour Pulteney Distillery, the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.