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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. Dunvegan

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    Dunvegan

    The small town of Dunvegan on the west coast of the Isle of Skye is best known for Dunvegan Castle.

  2. Helmsdale

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    Helmsdale

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

  3. Ballachulish

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    Ballachulish

    Surrounded by some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Scotland, Ballachulish is a perfect base for exploring the amazing landscape of Glencoe.

  4. Kingussie

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    Kingussie

    Kingussie is the capital of Badenoch in the Highlands. It’s a lovely lively town beside the River Spey in the midst of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

  5. Waternish

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    Waternish

    Waternish is a narrow peninsula on the Isle of Skye offering impressive panoramic views of the island and beyond to the Outer Isles.

  6. Glencoe

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    Glencoe

    Magical Glencoe combines world-famous scenery with history and is one of the highlights of any trip to Scotland.

  7. 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.

  8. Kinlochbervie

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    Kinlochbervie

    Kinlochbervie is a West Highland crofting community, with a huge fish-processing plant and modern concrete harbour from where trucks from all over Europe pick up cod and shellfish.

  9. Cullen

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    Cullen

    Beautifully situated at the eastern end of Cullen Bay, the attractive seaside village of Cullen is famous for its dish.

  10. Spean Bridge

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    Spean Bridge

    The small and attractive village of Spean Bridge is located at the southern end of the Great Glen and is best known for its iconic Commando Memorial.

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