A Guide to the Must-See Sites of the Scottish Highlands

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The Scottish Highlands, with its rolling hills, deep lochs and old castles, provide a canvas of a dramatic landscape full of history and beauty. This guide will take you through some of the most awe-inspiring views and historically significant sites you cannot miss during your tour through this rugged region.

Accommodation Tips

The first thing to take care of in Scotland is finding a place to stay. The choice of hotels in Scotland, especially in the Highlands, goes from luxurious castles to intimate, family-run bed and breakfasts. Choose Inverness as a stopover point for your travels and be sure to visit the surrounding areas or opt for a lodge near Fort William for a more secluded experience.

Discover Loch Ness

If you dare to venture into Loch Ness, you may be lucky enough to see Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster. But the fairy tale of Loch Ness is not the only thing that lures visitors here. The views from there are simply breathtaking. Take a boat tour to experience the serenity of the waters and the surrounding ruggedness.

The Isle of Skye

At the top of most people's list of Highland destinations, the Isle of Skye is renowned for its dramatic scenery and charming villages. Don't skip the magical Fairy Pools, the majestic Cuillin mountains, and the magical Old Man of Storr.

Glen Coe's Panoramas

Glen Coe is known for its dramatic scenery and tragic history. Hike through its valleys to encounter some of the most spectacular views in Scotland. This area has a variety of trails that go from easy walks to difficult climbs.

Wildlife in the Highlands

For those who love wildlife, like me, the Highlands are a haven. You might spot red deer, golden eagles, and if you get even luckier, the Scottish wildcat. Note that the ideal time to see turtles is at dawn or dusk, thus it is most advisable to visit during those times.

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Historical Fort William

If you are a history buff, Fort William is the place for you. Situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest peak of Britain, it is not only the scenery that is beautiful. Visit the castles and forts of the past and get to know the area’s history in the Jacobite rebellions.

Hiking the West Highland Way

Get out of your comfort zone and hike the West Highland Way trail. This 96-mile long trail, which runs from Milngavie to Fort William, takes you through some of the country’s most breathtaking and wildest landscapes. Be prepared as the weather changes fast.

Scottish Castles

No visit to the Highlands would be considered complete without touring the castles. Urquhart Castle, overlooking Loch Ness, is a place where you can visit historic ruins and admire natural beauty. Eilean Donan Castle, which is located near the Isle of Skye, also features iconic views and a deep history.

Culinary Delights

Trying out local food is a taste quest on its own. Indulge in time-honoured Scottish foods like vegan haggis, neeps, and tatties, or sample the freshly harvested vegetable from the coastal villages. Each meal contributes to the Highland experience.

Wrap Up: The Must-See Landscapes and Historic Sites of the Scottish Highlands

Whether you are climbing mountains, discovering ancient ruins, indulging in local culinary delights or just relaxing and admiring the views, the Highlands invite you to an adventure that is at once both grand and intimate.

What about you, have you ever been to Scotland? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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