Attractions the Highlands

The Highlands is fortunate to have such an impressive range of first-class museums, galleries, wildlife attractions, visitor centres as well as an array of beautiful parks and gardens.

Explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands at the excellent Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. There is a strong focus on geology and archaeological findings as well as a good emphasis on more recent Highland history with intriguing exhibits of Jacobite memorabilia, authentic Highland weaponry and a whole lot more.

Knockando Woolmill near Aberlour is one of the last few remaining Scottish mills and in the nearby Royal Burgh of Forres, the Falconer Museum has permanent displays on local history, past life and events in Moray.

Another museum worth visiting is the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. You’ll enjoy the painstaking recreation of an old Highland township and can visit the clockmaker’s workshop and the shepherds’ bothy, as well as having the opportunity to go back to school in the 1930s.

The Skye Museum of Island Life features a fascinating township of thatched cottages, portraying life on the island during the 19th century.

One of the most beautiful attractions in the Highlands is Inverewe Garden at Poolewe where the warm currents of the Gulf Stream along the west coast have produced remarkable results.

The castles of the Highlands tend to have wonderful gardens. At the fairytale Dunrobin Castle you can learn more in the museum, admire the gardens, or try falconry in the grounds.

Of course the Highlands has some fine visitor centres too, such as the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, which add greatly to the experience of visiting such places. The wonderful Loch Ness Exhibition Centre features genuine expedition equipment and photos. As well as being entertained, you’ll be kept well informed during your stay in the Highlands.

The attractions of the Highlands are endless and you will never run out of things to do in this fascinating region. Browse the listings for more information on attractions in the Highlands and plan your fun day out.

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A fisherman casts his line in the waters of Hospital Lochan against the backdrop of the Pap of Glen Coe

Fishing

The Highlands has one of the world’s top salmon and trout rivers along with excellent shore and boat fishing.

Looking across to Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Sutherland

Itineraries

Enjoy a great day out using our itineraries for the Highlands.

Brora golf course

Golf in the Highlands

Discover the wealth of great golf courses in the Highlands including historic venues, championship layouts and links gems.

Displays inside the Falconer Museum

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