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The Scottish Highlands
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The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is really the Scotland of your imagination. With welcoming people, a unique culture, dramatic landscapes, romantic castles and a fascinating history, this is the perfect backdrop for your next Scottish adventure. So head north for a weekend break or longer holiday in the Highlands!

With such a vast area, it's difficult to know where to go in the Scottish Highlands, from its lively capital Inverness to its stunning countryside.

There are plenty of things to do in the Highlands. Explore the mysterious Loch Ness, pass through the Cairngorms National Park, marvel at iconic castles on the Isle of Skye, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Speyside coast, walk up Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, in Lochaber, or explore the rugged coastline of Caithness.

Start planning your perfect Scottish Highlands holidays now!

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Armadale

Towns & Villages
The hamlet of Armadale is on the Sleat Peninsula, at the south end of the Isle of Skye, and boasts a very attractive sheltered beach.

Aviemore

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

Beauly

Towns & Villages
Beauly's name is thought to come from the words of Mary Queen of Scots when she visited in 1564 and commented 'C'est un beau lieu' (what a beautiful place).

Black Isle

Sub-region
The Black Isle is a peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland, located north of Inverness.

Broadford

Towns & Villages
The village of Broadford is the second largest on Skye and makes a good base for exploring the Cuillins and the island.

Brora

Towns & Villages
Placed perfectly on the magnificent east coast of Sutherland, the small village of Brora boasts a prime golf location.

Caithness And North Coast Sutherland Area

Sub-region
Caithness and North Coast Sutherland is a large area of unspoilt, dramatic scenery in the far north of Scotland, indeed, on the extreme edge of Europe.

Dornoch

Towns & Villages
Sitting on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, the small historic town of Dornoch boasts a tranquil location, stunning scenery and sunny climate.

Drumnadrochit

Towns & Villages
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!

Dufftown

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

Dunvegan

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

Durness

Towns & Villages
Durness is a thriving village surrounded by the dramatic landscape of Sutherland.

Elgin

Towns & Villages
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.

Forres

Towns & Villages
The attractive town of Forres is one of Scotland’s oldest small towns.

Fort William

Towns & Villages
Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and the main town in Lochaber.

Gairloch

Towns & Villages
Gairloch is a fantastic place to visit and of course for exploring Wester Ross and the north west Highlands.

Grantown-on-Spey

Towns & Villages
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.

Helmsdale

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

Invergarry

Towns & Villages
Invergarry is a village at the foot of Glengarry, on the main route between Fort William and Inverness through the Great Glen.

Inverness

City
Inverness is one of Scotland's seven cities and sits in the south of the Highlands, on the banks of the River Ness.

John O' Groats

Towns & Villages
This Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife.

Kingussie

Towns & Villages
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.

Lochcarron

Towns & Villages
Lochcarron is a pretty village of white-washed cottages on the shore of Loch Carron in the Wester Ross region of Scotland.

Lochinver

Towns & Villages
The small fishing port and resort of Lochinver on the west coast of Scotland offers the very best views back across to Suilven.

Mallaig

Towns & Villages
The bustling and thriving port of Mallaig is situated on the north west coast along the famous Road to the Isles.

Nairn

Towns & Villages
Visit Scotland’s Highland Playground. Nairn is a relaxing and friendly seaside resort in the Scottish Highlands, blessed with three beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and two championship golf courses.

Newtonmore

Towns & Villages
Newtonmore is a lovely village nestling in the upper reached of the Spey valley within the Cairngorms National Park.

Portree

Towns & Villages
Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye, is a bustling port and a thriving cultural centre.

Spean Bridge

Towns & Villages
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.

Tain

Towns & Villages
The small but thriving town of Tain, situated on the south shore of Dornoch Firth, is Scotland’s oldest royal burgh.

Thurso

Towns & Villages
The most northerly town in mainland Scotland, Thurso is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Tomintoul

Towns & Villages
Nestled at a height of 1164 ft on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains, Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands.

Uig - Skye

Towns & Villages
Set in a sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay on Skye, Uig is a ferry port to the Western Isles and a good base for a walking holiday.

Ullapool

Towns & Villages
The picturesque fishing town of Ullapool, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom, is a great holiday destination and a gateway to the Northern Highlands.

Wick

Towns & Villages
The former Viking settlement of Wick is the principal town in the far north of the mainland.

Aviemore iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Aviemore iCentre is located in the centre of the village only 200 yards from the rail station and bus stop. Refurbished with a bright and open design in 2021, we pride ourselves on being the perfect starting point for your time in the Cairngorm National Park - or a convenient stop as part of your trip around Scotland and the Highlands. We offer Information, Gifts, Books and Maps as well as helping with your Accommodation, Transport and Travel enquiries. We also offer a Booking Service on behalf of Scottish Citylink Coaches. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail.

Fort William iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Fort William iCentre is centrally and conveniently located on the High Street, close to all major amenities including Rail and Bus links as well as public Car Parking. Situated within the Outdoor Capital of the UK, we are ideally placed to provide information and inspiration whether you are passing through or having an extended stay within Fort William, Lochaber and the surrounding area. We offer Information, Gifts, Books and Maps as well as helping with your Accommodation, Transport and Travel enquiries. We also offer a Booking Service on behalf of Scottish Citylink Coaches. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail.

Inverness iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Inverness iCentre is located halfway along the pedestrianised High Street in the centre of Inverness, a 5-10 minute walk from both the bus and railway stations as well as most major public car parks. We can help you with inspiring places to visit, not to be missed local events, the best places to eat, the most scenic routes, detailed maps, guidebooks and much more. With Inverness being the capital of the Highlands, we’re well equipped to help you with your onward journey or indeed to help you make the most of your journey home through the rest of Scotland. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail.

Loch Ness Hub Ltd

VisitScotland iCentres
Loch Ness Hub and Travel is a community owned Visitor Information Centre based in Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, providing tourist information, baggage and luggage transfers for the Great Glen Way and other long distance trails in the area.

Portree iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
You’ll find the Portree iCentre on Bayfield Road, making it conveniently located for all public car parks and the main bus stops located in the Village Square. In addition to information on what to see and do, we are also here to help with tour and activity bookings, accommodation and public transport queries as well as offering a booking service for Scottish Citylink coaches. There is a large selection of gifts, books and maps on sale within the centre and we also provide free Wi-Fi for customers. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail to help you plan your trip to the Misty Isle from the comfort of your own home.

Ullapool iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Situated on Argyle Street just one street up from the harbour and ferry port, Ullapool iCentre is conveniently located for anyone exploring the town or further afield. In addition to maps and information on the local area, the team are also on hand to assist with queries on the North Coast 500 and the Outer Hebrides. We also offer retail products including Gifts, Books and Maps and can also help with your Accommodation, Transport and Travel enquiries. We also offer a Booking Service on behalf of Scottish Citylink Coaches. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail.

Local Walks in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands offers miles of stunning landscapes and glorious wilderness to explore on foot. There are hundreds of wonderful walks and trails, but here are just a few to get you started:

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Travel in the Highlands

Getting here and around

You can easily get to and around the Highlands using the extensive network of public transport and roads. The region may appear remote, but this beautiful part of Scotland is very accessible and is certainly worth the journey.

To work out your travel plans, decide which area of the Highlands you want to visit, and you can then find information on travelling by car, bus, train or even flying to Inverness in our handy online brochures.
They will even help you work out how to get around the area, so you can really start planning that Highland adventure.

Travel to Inverness, Nairn & Loch Ness

Travel to Moray Speyside

Travel to Skye

Travel to North Highlands

Travel to Fort William & Lochaber

Travel to the Cairngorms National Park

Travel to Ullapool and Wester Ross