Historic attractions in the Highlands

The Highlands has a wonderfully visible history and countless historical attractions just waiting to be discovered.

Visit famous battlefields and grand forts, ancient burial sites, Neolithic stone circles and standing stones. Feel the echo of history and discover tales of the Celts, Picts and Vikings as you journey around this compelling corner of Scotland.

Uncover 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.

Visit the Castle of Mey, the former residence of the late Queen Mother which has a spectacular garden. Brora Heritage Centre tells the story of the area and has interesting exhibits on the whisky, coal and woollen industries.

Caithness Horizons in Thurso is a VisitScotland 5-star visitor attraction that brings to life the fascinating heritage of Caithness. The Jacobite steam train, described as ‘the greatest railway journey in the world’, takes you from Fort William, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig on the west coast.

Dunvegan Castle was built on a rocky outcrop on the Isle of Skye. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

Bring the past to life by visiting a variety of historic attractions in the Highlands.

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Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel

Monuments and ruins

Explore the monuments and ruins in the Highlands, a region where the past is written all over the landscape.

Looking across to Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Sutherland

Castle itinerary

Explore the dramatic history of the Scottish Highlands as you take a tour around the various castles in the region.

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