Whether you are exploring the thriving city of Inverness, charming towns and villages or the stunning Isle of Skye, you will find a culturally distinct region influenced by a turbulent history, magnificent nature and geography and the Gaelic language. You will never tire of this heavenly part of Scotland.
Explore Britain’s largest national park, the Cairngorms National Park, which features ancient forests and a great deal of precious wildlife which you can spot all year round. Why not visit Beinn Eighe, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve?
And who hasn’t heard of Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous loch? Try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, or visit either end of the loch to see the 18th century Caledonian Canal.
Cross the sea (or the bridge) to the romantic Isle of Skye, spend some time in Caithness exploring the royal connections at the Castle of Mey and flora and fauna at the Flows National Nature Reserve or uncover the magical Moray coast. Travel to the pretty Black Isle - a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Cromarty Firth, the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth - and enjoy the friendly nearby city of Inverness.
The Highlands has countless historical attractions with iconic castles like Cawdor, Dunrobin and Eilean Donan. Make the trip to Culloden Moor, the site of the last major battle on British soil. Or take to the Malt Whisky Trail in stunning Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries.
An ideal base for those with a sense of adventure and a love of the great outdoors, and with 2013 the Year of Natural Scotland, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip. Go skiing and snowboarding in one of the three ski centres in the Cairngorms National Park, at the Nevis Range or Glen Coe. Of course there’s great climbing too in the Cairngorms, Sutherland and on Skye.
Mountain biking is very popular with the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup held every year in June in Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’. Try your hand at fishing, head to one of Scotland’s finest golf courses or take a walk and look out for magnificent birds of prey in the sky and dolphins in the waters.
When you’re done with your day’s activities, enjoy some locally sourced food and Highland hospitality at a restaurant or inn. You might even manage a dram of whisky at one of many distilleries including Speyside, Pulteney, Talisker, Dalwhinnie and Glenmorangie.