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VisitScotland The Highlands Guide
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Download a brochure for more on the Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Speyside and the Moray Coast.

The Highlands is home to many talented artists who draw inspiration from the landscapes and culture that surround them. Boutiques, galleries and studios display many great works of arts and crafts.

Browse paintings, photography, jewellery, glassware, ceramics and textiles including tweeds and tartan. Support local creativity by taking a piece of the Highlands home as the perfect memento.

Such is the vibrant culture of the Highlands that a range of arts festivals take place throughout the year. The region has become home to some of Scotland’s most popular annual music festivals, like RockNess on the banks of Loch Ness, and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival near Beauly. 

The Blas Festival celebrates Highland music and the Gaelic language while Loopallu is a charming music festival in Ullapool. Both Ullapool and Nairn stage book festivals where you can hear from celebrated writers and poets and meet them too. 

There is creativity in the shape of whisky too. The skilled craftsmen at the Speyside Cooperage make whisky casks using traditional methods and tools, and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival features tastings, dinners and traditional live music. 

  • A traditional music session at the Hootananny Bar
    A traditional music session
  • Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum
    Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum
  • Jail Dornoch Shop
    Jail Dornoch Shop
  • A traditional music session at the Hootananny Bar
    A traditional music session
  • Buachaille Etive Mor with Allt Nan Gubhas, Glen Coe, Highlands
    Buachaille Etive Mor with Allt Nan Gubhas, Glen Coe
Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum

Arts and culture attractions

Discover the Highlands’ arts and culture attractions which include inspiring arts centres, galleries, theatres and craft shops.

The Jail Dornoch Shop

Arts and craft shops

Discover the work of talented local artists and crafts people by browsing charming arts and crafts shops in the Highlands.

Main Stage Tent at Isle of Skye Music Festival

Arts and culture events

Choose from the packed programme of arts and culture events in the Highlands and book your tickets today.

Fiddlers at the Highland Festival

Music, dance and theatre events

Choose from the fantastic range of music, dance and theatre events in the Highlands and experience the rich culture of this inspiring region. Browse the listings and book your ticket today.

Looking across a calm Loch Duich to Eiliean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

Film locations in Scotland

Scotland provides the perfect backdrop for the world of cinema with its rugged landscape and stunning scenery and has been used for a number of films, including Braveheart and Harry Potter.

The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Literature in the Highlands

Read about inspiring locations across the Highlands which have sparked the imagination of countless wordsmiths and discover places across the region that you can visit.