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The Highlands

Yes, we know - it's a cliché, but the Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. It's an amazing concoction of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people - it really doesn't get any better if you want to escape and unwind. Unpredictable. Untameable. Unbelievable. Top that!

Let the dramatic Highlands weave its magic…

You can get lost - not literally - in the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs as you journey through this beautiful land. The views are simply jaw-dropping. 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. And if you haven't heard of Loch Ness, Scotland's most famous loch… oh boy, you're in for a treat!

Hold on tight and take a deep breath…

The Highlands' natural playground begs to be explored, and the region is a magnet for adrenaline-seekers. It's no wonder - Fort William has been dubbed the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'! Host of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, here you can enjoy world-class mountains or pick from sports across the Highlands such as fishing, golf, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, gorge walking, Munro bagging, snowsports and much more - the choice is yours.

Touching the past

There's a haunting air of mystery that cloaks the Highlands, and the region's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world. From Dunvegan Castle on Skye and Brodie Castle in Moray to the Castle of Mey in the North Highlands - they really are as magnificent as people say! But it's not only about the castles, although they are pretty amazing. Learn about the infamous massacre at the Glencoe Visitor Centre, see Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the history of the Jacobite uprisings, or stop at the Highland Archive Centre to research your roots.

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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 is situated along side one of Scotland’s most renowned salmon fishing streams, the River Beauly.

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 largely 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 town 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

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
Nairn is an attractive seaside town with a prime location on the Moray Firth and is one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland.

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

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 Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Aviemore Information Centre is located in the centre of the village only 200 yards from the rail station and bus stop - a great place to start exploring the Cairngorm National Park.

Daviot Wood Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Daviot Wood is a seasonal Information Centre located in the forest just off the northbound carriageway of the A9, only 4 miles before Inverness. Our friendly staff can provide expert advice on the Inverness area and beyond.

Drumnadrochit Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Drumnadrochit Information Centre is ideally situated off the A82 in the main village car park. We offer a wide range of services including accommodation booking, bus tickets, loch cruise booking and a good range of gifts, maps and books.

Durness Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Durness Information Centre has one of the best views in Scotland, overlooking beautiful Sango Bay in the far North West Highlands. Our enthusiastic local staff are on hand to offer help and advice to ensure that your visit is a memorable one.

Fort Augustus Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Situated at the main car park in the village and only a short walk from the shores of Loch Ness. We offer a wide range of services including accommodation bookings.

Fort William Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Fort William Information Centre is situated in the town's High Street. We offer a wide range of services including accommodation bookings, bus and ferry tickets, loch cruises and activity bookings.

Inverness Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
The Highland capital’s official source for information on everything there is to do and see in Inverness and the Highlands. Our enthusiastic team can help you book your accommodation, transport, day trips and cruises on Loch Ness.

Lochinver Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Lochinver Information Centre is a seasonal centre and with plenty of parking close by, it’s easily accessible for visitors.

North Kessock Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Located just over the Kessock Bridge, on the A9 North of Inverness overlooking the Beauly Firth. Let us help you spot the local Dolphins, and provide you with all you need to enjoy the wild, rugged, beautiful northern Highlands of Scotland.

Portree Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Portree Information Centre is ideally situated in the centre of town on the stunning Isle of Skye.

Strontian Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Strontian Information Centre is situated at the main car park in the village. Here you can find out about local walks, wildlife, geology and history. You can also purchase a wide range of gifts, books, maps and postcards.

Thurso Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Open all year round, Thurso Information Centre is situated in the fascinating Caithness Horizons Museum and is one of the most northerly towns in the UK mainland. Our friendly local staff are on hand to offer you help and assistance.

Ullapool Information Centre

VisitScotland Information Centres
Ideally situated, Ullapool Information Centre is located in the heart of this historic village in Argyle Street. We offer excellent advice and knowledge of our beautiful area along with an accommodation and travel booking service.

If you dare, scale the world-famous pinnacles of Skye.

Yes, it's quite an intrepid undertaking, we know that, but let us tell you - the views are simply out of this world!

Are the spirits of the Highlands calling you yet?

Travel in the Highlands

Getting here

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.

Getting around

  • Whether you drive to Fort William & Lochaber, walk the West Highland Way or travel by train along the West Highland Line, you'll undoubtedly see some of the finest scenery Scotland's got to offer.
  • Enjoy unlimited travel around Moray Speyside for a day, with the Stagecoach Dayrider ticket, or explore the Malt Whisky Trail by car following the distinctive brown and white trail signposts.
  • Cross the Skye Bridge into Kyleakin to follow the A87 towards Broadford, or hop on the CalMac ferry which operates year-round between Mallaig and Armadale - both routes are equally picturesque.
  • There are regular daily trains and buses to Inverness, Nairn and Loch Ness from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Stirling, Perth, or you can join an organised coach tour - plan your journey with Traveline Scotland.
  • If travelling to or from Fort William, you can even tackle some of the distance walking the Great Glen Way.
  • Cycling on and off road is a great way to get to and around the Cairngorms National Park. The National Cycle Network route 7 and sections of the Deeside Way, Speyside Way and Dava Way, are all suitable for cycling.
  • Inverness acts as a gateway to the North Highlands with regular flights from across the UK, or you can fly directly to Wick John O' Groats Airport from Edinburgh. Once in the area, explore the northern tip of Scotland with a brand new tourist route, the North Coast 500, Scotland's answer to America's Route 66.

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