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The Scottish Highlands
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Lochan Urr in Glen Etive
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The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people - and you've got the Scottish Highlands. There's a natural playground which begs to be explored, while the region's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world.

A Highland holiday will see you get lost - not literally - in the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs, pass through Britain's largest National Park, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline.

You can find helpful advice and tips on how to look after the Scottish countryside as you explore with our Outdoor Access Guidelines during Covid-19 page.

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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
We offer detailed walking, hiking, climbing and cycling information, tours and transport reservations. Information and inspiration on the local area as well as other areas of Scotland is provided by our professional and friendly staff who want to share their knowledge and enthusiasm to help you enjoy your trip. We can book your Citylink Bus Ticket, book a cruise on Loch Ness or a tour or trip to a castle.

Fort William iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
We're here to offer you help and advice to make the most of your trip to Fort William. Whether it's information on local activities and amenities or helping you plan for the next stage of your journey through the Highlands or Scotland as a whole, the team are on hand to share their knowledge and experience. Our great selection of books offer information on local walks, history and general interest and we have a great selection of gifts for you to choose from. We can also book Citylink Bus tickets for you as well as other activities.

Inverness iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Your one-stop shop for accommodation, activities and attractions in the Highlands, we are located half way along the pedestrianised High Street in the centre of Inverness, a 5-10 minute walk from both the bus and railway stations and car parks. Our friendly team of knowledgeable staff can provide you with information and advice that will help you make the most of your time during your visit to Inverness. We provide an accommodation booking service throughout Scotland and can also book your bus tickets, ferry tickets, day trips to Skye and the Highlands, cruises on Loch Ness and advise on the many other attractions this beautiful part of the world has to offer. We can help you with inspiring places to visit, not to be missed local events

Portree iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Our team are here to share their knowledge and expertise to help make your trip to Skye as memorable as possible. In addition to information on what to see and do, we offer tour and activity bookings as well as tickets 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.

Ullapool iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Ullapool is a fantastic base for exploring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland so let our friendly staff help you make the most of exploring this beautiful area. Situated on the shores of Loch Broom along the A835, it is located on the North Coast 500 Route and is the gateway to the North West Geopark and home to some of the oldest rocks in Europe. The village has a wonderful Thomas Telford designed social history museum, art and craft galleries and plays host to several annual festivals. Along with great information and a selection of retail goods, we can help with accommodation as well as bookings for Citylink bus tickets.

Local Walks in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is a vast, untouched landscape, which makes for the perfect place to explore on foot. There are hundreds of walks and trails you can follow, 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