The Highlands – how you imagine Scotland
It’s an amazing concoction of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable locals– it really doesn’t get any better if you want to escape and unwind.
Lose yourself 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, 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…
The natural playground of the Highlands begs to be explored and the region is a magnet for thrill 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 mountain trails or pick from sports across the Highlands such as fishing, golf, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, gorge walking, Munro bagging, snow-sports and much more – the choice is yours.
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 castles, although they are pretty amazing. Visit the Glencoe Visitor Centre to learn about the infamous massacre, see the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the history of the Jacobite uprisings, or stop at the Highland Archive centre to research your roots.
The area has been popular with travellers since Queen Victoria’s Day, and the expansion of air routes, improved road and rail links have made access to the islands in the region easier than in her day. Today you can easily reach Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh from Inverness for a day trip. For more information visit www.hial.co.uk
VisitScotland provides a wealth of information on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.