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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.

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  1. Aviemore

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    Aviemore

    Located on the doorstep of the Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is a major holiday resort surrounded by stunning scenery.

  2. Elgin

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    Elgin

    Nestled in the world-famous whisky region, Elgin lies on the south coast of the Moray Firth roughly midway between Inverness and Aberdeen and straddles the River Lossie.

  3. Durness

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    Durness

    Durness is a thriving town surrounded by the dramatic landscape of Sutherland.

  4. Drumnadrochit

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    Drumnadrochit

    Located at the head of Urquhart Bay on the northern shore of Loch Ness, the lovely village of Drumnadrochit is popular with Loch Ness monster hunters!

  5. Mey

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    Mey

    The small and remote village of Mey is located in the north coast of Scotland in Caithness.

  6. Grantown-on-Spey

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    Grantown on Spey

    The small town of Grantown-on-Spey on the edge of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park is a great base for exploring the Strathspey area.

  7. Staffin

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    Staffin

    Set beneath the wonderful Trottenish Ridge on Isle of Skye, Staffin is famed for its spotty houses, lovely beach and amazing geology.

  8. Strontian

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    Strontian

    The small village of Strontian is attractively located on Loch Sunart in the western Highlands where the areas of Ardgour, Sunart and Morvern meet.

  9. Dufftown

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    Dufftown

    The vibrant and thriving Highland village of Dufftown is the ‘malt whisky capital of the world!

  10. Carrbridge

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    Carrbridge

    The small but lively village of Carrbridge is surrounded by spectacular scenery and sits at the northern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park.

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