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The Scottish Highlands include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands. The Highlands are popularly described as one of the most scenic regions of Europe.

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» Bannockburn

Bannockburn, Scottish Highlands

As every Scot knows, Bannockburn was where King Robert the Bruce led Scottish forces to victory over a much larger English force led by Edward II in 1314. Moviegoers may remember the decisive battle from the end of the film Braveheart. This event, so critical to the development of Scottish national identity, is now marked by an imposing equestrian statue of Robert, from where you can survey the surrounding countryside …

» Bealach na Ba Pass

Bealach na Ba Pass , Scottish Highlands

Hairpin bends aren't just for the Alps. At Bealach Na Ba Pass in the remote Scottish Highlands, you can drive along the greatest road ascent in Britain. Full of twists and turns through the remote Highland landscape, the historic road runs from the pretty coastal village of Applecross right through the mountains up to 2,054 feet, making it the third-highest road in Scotland. The drive can be a little scary at times, but just take it slow and be courteous …

» Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Scottish Highlands

Established in 1951, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve in the Scottish Highlands is Great Britain's oldest national nature reserve. It covers an area of more than 18 square miles ranging from lochs to mountains. The nature reserve is home to many rare plants and protected animals, including red deer, golden eagles, and pine martens. Several hiking trails of varying difficulty are available for exploring the area. Three paths that start near the visitor center are open all year …

» Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands

At 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, a status which makes it a popular destination for climbers. The most frequently used route to the summit is via the Pony Track which begins at Achintee, just outside of Fort William, but even that takes up to nine hours for a round trip and is not recommended for complete beginners. Thankfully the area also offers a huge range of less arduous activities …

» Brodie Castle

Brodie Castle, Scottish Highlands

Brodie Castle is a 16th-century castle near Inverness, Scotland. It was the seat of the Brodie Clan from 1567 until 1980 when the National Trust took over ownership. The castle retains some aspects of its 16th-century construction, such as the vaulted guard house, along with elements from its 19th-century renovations. The National Trust has restored the castle to show what everyday life might have looked like for one of Scotland's most ancient clans. Visitors can explore the towers, passageways, and different rooms of the castle …

» Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Scottish Highlands

Standing proud against the fearsome storms that ravage the north coast of Lewis is the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Designed by Scottish lighthouse engineer David Stevenson in the 1860s, the watchtower wasn't automated until 1998, making it one of the last in the British Isles to lose its lighthouse keeper. While you can no longer go inside, there are information plaques outside, and it's interesting just to see the lighthouse …

» Caledonian Canal

Caledonian Canal, Scottish Highlands

The Caledonian Canal is a waterway that runs for 60 miles through Scotland's Great Glen connecting Fort William in the southwest to Inverness in the northeast. The waterway connects several lakes, or lochs, and 22 miles of the Caledonian Canal are manmade to link Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Dochfour, and the famous Loch Ness. It first opened in 1822 as a way for commercial ships to avoid the more dangerous west coast. However, by the time it opened, the boats the canal was designed for were replaced by steam ships that were too big to use the canal …

» Callanish Standing Stones

Callanish Standing Stones, Scottish Highlands

Overlooking Loch Roag and the hills of Great Bernera on the Isle of Lewis, Callanish Standing Stones date back to the late Neolithic period over 4,500 years ago. At the famous site there are nearly 50 megaliths which radiate out from the main stone in the shape of a distorted Celtic cross. Thought to have been abandoned in 1500 BC because of the change in the Outer Hebrides' climate to colder, wetter weather, over the years the stones became veiled in a thick blanket of peat …

» Carloway Broch

Carloway Broch , Scottish Highlands

No bricks, no mortar, no buttress -- just stone placed on top of stone on an exposed Lewis hilltop nearly 2,000 years ago, Carloway Broch roundhouse has stood tall against the Isle of Lewis's raging Atlantic storms since the Iron Age. Looking out to Loch Roag, this is one of the best preserved brochs in Scotland, and parts of the Dun Carloway still come close to its original height at nine meters tall. It's not clear why these brochs (Scottish drystone roundhouses) were ever built …

» Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser, Scottish Highlands

The 15th-century Castle Fraser in northern Scotland was once the seat of the Fraser clan. The castle's origins date back to the 1400s, and major upgrades and expansions took place between 1575 and 1636. Some of the original elements of the castle still remain, along with some renovations and additions from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the most significant sections of the original castle is the Great Hall. The castle also has a library filled with family books and a grand Worked Room with 18th-century embroideries …

» Chanonry Point

Chanonry Point, Scottish Highlands

Ever wanted to see bottlenose dolphins feed and play in the wild? Chanonry Point is just the spot. A narrow peninsula in Scotland's Moray Firth, dolphins can be spotted here throughout the year. In summer though, you'll often see dolphins come right up to the shore as they chase the salmon that come and go in the rivers Ness and Beauly. The best spot for dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point is on the pebble beach behind the lighthouse …

» Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava)

Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Scottish Highlands

One of Iverness' oldest and most unusual historic sites, the Clava Cairns, or the Stones of Clava are a series of stone chambers thought to date back to the early Bronze Age (c 2000 BC). The unique site, also known as the Balnuaran of Clava, comprises three sizable Cairns of stones, the largest measuring 31 meters in diameter, each featuring an outer curb surrounding an inner chamber of larger stones. Located close to the Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns lie in a picturesque setting surrounded by woodlands and close to the River Nairn …

» Corrieshalloch Gorge

Corrieshalloch Gorge, Scottish Highlands

Considering Corrieshalloch Gorge is such a beautiful spot, full of Caledonian pines and rare Atlantic lichen, it might come as a surprise that its name is actually Gaelic for 'Ugly Hollow.' Created at the end of the last Ice Age, the gorge is one of Britain's most impressive box canyons. Carved by glacial meltwaters that burst through the Scottish Highlands over 12,000 years ago, today you can walk the trails along the top of the mossy gorge …

» Craigievar Castle

Craigievar Castle, Scottish Highlands

Craigievar Castle, located in northern Scotland, is considered one of the best preserved and most authentic tower houses in the country. It was completed in 1626, and for 350 years it was home to the Forbes family. The castle has simple lower towers and detailed turrets, cupolas and corbels that embellish the roof. The great tower remains the way it was when it was completed in 1626. Inside the castle, visitors will find family portraits, original plaster ceilings, and original Jacobean woodwork and furniture, including the Craigievar Table …

» Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle, Scottish Highlands

Crathes Castle is a 16th-century tower house castle in northern Scotland. King Robert the Bruce granted the land the castle sits on to the Burnett family in 1323, which was marked by the ancient Horn of Leys that can still be seen in the Great Hall today. The castle is a fine example of a tower house from the 16th century, and some of the rooms still have the original painted ceilings. Many of the family's portraits and antique furniture can be seen throughout the castle, providing a glimpse into what life was like hundreds of years ago …

» Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield , Scottish Highlands

Just 5 miles from Iverness, the historic Culloden Battlefield is one of Scotland's most significant battle sites, commemorated by the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and protected by the Scottish National Trust. It was here, on the Culloden moor, that Bonnie Prince Charlie and an army of 5000 Jacobite Highlanders faced off against the Duke of Cumberland and his 9000 Hanoverian Government troops on April 16 1746. It was one of Britain's most important battles …

» Drum Castle

Drum Castle, Scottish Highlands

Drum Castle is one of Scotland's oldest tower houses. King Robert the Bruce gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum to William de Irwyn in 1323, and it was occupied by the Irvine family for more than 650 years. The castle has had several improvements and additions over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and an impressive library containing about 3,000 volumes that was converted from the lower hall during the Victorian period. The High Hall of the castle is still in its medieval state and can be accessed by narrow stairs …

» Duncansby Head

Duncansby Head, Scottish Highlands

Duncansby Head, located in northern Scotland, is the northernmost point on the British mainland. It is a set of dramatic sandstone cliffs that overlook the sea. Some of the cliffs reach up to 200 feet high. Exploring the area along the coastal pathway will give you a great opportunity to see some of the region's unique seabirds and other wildlife. Some of the birds you might see include guillemot, kittiwakes, and puffins, depending on the time of year. From Duncansby Head, visitors will have a view of the Duncansby Stacks …

» Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre, Scottish Highlands

A modern gem of a theater, Eden Court houses a range of performing arts performances involving music, theater, opera, ballet and dance as well as film. To accommodate all these large scale performances as well as studios for art classes, a new building to house them all was built in 1976 right next to the River Ness. With its sharp angles and metal and glass encasing, the theater now sports a somewhat retro futuristic look …

» Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle , Scottish Highlands

Originally built in the 13th century as a defense against Vikings, Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland's best-known architectural treasures. It last played a historical role during the 18th century Jacobite uprisings, and was subsequently left in ruins until it was rediscovered and lovingly restored in the early 20th century. The castle sits proudly on a peninsula in Loch Duich, ringed by rugged hills …


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