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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.

Magical Journeys to the Scottish Highlands

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» Faerie Glen

Faerie Glen, Scottish Highlands

The Faerie Glen on the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland is a bizarre miniature landscape with grassy, cone-shaped hills, ponds, and moss-covered trees. It is a beautiful natural area to walk through, especially during the summer. Legends dating back to prehistoric times tell tales about the existence of fairies that live in this area. The fairies were once believed to have evil overtones and live in beehive houses deep in the heather in the area called the Faerie Glen …

» Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands

On the southwestern shore of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a picturesque village of 600 that gets packed with visitors during the summer months. Originally an 18th-century garrison, Fort August lies at the junction of four old military roads. Surrounded by heather hills and cut in two by the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus serves as a spot for day-trippers to relax and watch the boats master the longest lock system on the canal …

» Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle, Scottish Highlands

Fyvie Castle is a 13th-century castle in Scotland that has been occupied by five different families throughout history. The Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon, and Forbes-Leith families each added to the castle and left their own mark. Most notably, each family added another tower to the building, resulting in the five towers you see today. The castle was originally one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The oldest part of the castle, dating from the 13th century, houses a great wheel staircase and still stands today …

» Glencoe

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe offers some of the finest landscape in Scotland, indeed the whole of the UK, where dramatic mountains sweep down to glens (valleys) until they meet the moody waters of the lochs. While this is a site of historical significance due to the Glencoe Massacre of 1692, the primary draw is the magnificent natural surrounds. There are numerous well-marked walks in the area and it is also popular with rock-climbers. This is one of Britain's premier ski areas in winter …

» Glen Ord Whisky Distillery

Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, Scottish Highlands

Founded in 1838, Glen Ord Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland. Here, at the only remaining malt whisky distillery on the remote Black Isle, it's possible to go on a behind-the-scenes tour to see and understand the process of making a single malt from start to finish. You'll get to check out the barley maltings as well as the fermentation and distillation methods, wandering among the barrels and huge copper stills as you go …

» Inverewe Garden

Inverewe Garden, Scottish Highlands

Inverewe Garden is one of Scotland's most popular botanical gardens. It sits on a peninsula on the edge of Loch Ewe among the rugged landscape of the Wester Ross area of the Scottish Highlands. The garden was set up as a sub-tropical style oasis with exotic plants from all over the world. Some of the species found here include the most northerly planting of rare Wollemi pines, Himalayan blue poppies, olearia from New Zealand, Tasmanian eucalyptus, and rhododendrons from China, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent …

» Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle, Scottish Highlands

With an illustrious history dating back to the 11th century, Inverness Castle is best known for its role in the legendary Shakespeare tragedy 'Macbeth', featuring in the play as the location of Duncan's murder. Looming over the city center, the castle is one of Inverness' most prominent landmarks, set on a hilltop overlooking the River Ness. The castle's present day structure dates back to 1836, an imposing Neo-Norman red stone fortress designed by architect William Burn …

» Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris , Scottish Highlands

Split into North and South Harris by Loch Tarbert, the north of Harris is all about the dramatic mountains while the south is home to some of the best beaches in the country, like Luskentyre - the famous sandy bay that looks out to the blustery isle of Taransay. Though it may come as a surprise, the Isle of Harris isn't actually an island at all. It's actually joined with Lewis. Harris is world-famous for Harris tweed, and there's a strong tradition of quality crafts shops and galleries …

» Isle of Islay

Isle of Islay, Scottish Highlands

Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is Scotland's fifth-largest island and lies off the country's west coast in the Inner Hebrides. Avid birdwatchers often make the trek to Islay, which is home to many species of birdlife, including the barnacle goose and the Greenland white-fronted. However, it's the malt whisky that really draws the visitors. Islay is one of Scotland's main whisky-producing regions, and it's a whisky-lovers paradise …

» Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis, Scottish Highlands

The most northerly of Scotland's dramatic Western Isles, the Isle of Lewis is known for its ancient remains, coastal crofts, and beautiful beaches. On a sunny day, dune-backed beaches like Bostadh and Traigh Chuil are perfect. Spot red deer in Lewis's conservation areas, and off the coast - dolphins, porpoises, and even whales. The center of the island gives way to a peaty plateau loved by rare birds birds, and in the hills of Uig look out for golden eagles and peregrine falcons …

» Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel, Scottish Highlands

When 550 Italian soldiers were captured in the scorching North African desert back in 1942, it must have caused them quite a shock to be sent in winter to the Scottish isle of Orkne. The POWs were sent here in order to build the 'Churchill Barriers,' a series of causeways that would protect the British Grand Fleet in the Scapa Flow harbor. By 1943, the homesick workers requested a chapel where they could worship. What did they get? Two Nissen huts …

» Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock, Scottish Highlands

Kilt Rock is a sea cliff on the north end of Trotternish in northern Scotland. It was named Kilt Rock for its resemblance to a kilt. The vertical cliff is composed of both igneous and sedimentary rock which come together in vertical bands and look like the pleats of a kilt. The cliff is 200 feet high and one of many impressive cliffs along this coast. Kilt Rock is close to a waterfall that tumbles into the pebbled shore of the Sound of Raasay below. This waterfall is called Mealt Waterfall, and sometimes the wind here is so strong the water doesn't even reach the bottom before being blown away …

» Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Scottish Highlands

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition was established in 1980 to give insight and explore the biodiversity of Loch Ness in Scotland. The lake has become famous for the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie, which has lived here for centuries, according to Scots. The Loch Ness Centre teaches visitors about Scottish folklore, Scotland's geological past, and the environment surrounding the lake. The museum explores the history of the region from its earliest history through present day …

» Maeshowe

Maeshowe, Scottish Highlands

Maeshowe is a chambered tomb in northern Scotland that is more than 5,000 years old. It is considered to be the finest Neolithic building in northwest Europe due to its design, stonework construction, and use of massive individual stones. At first Maeshowe appears to be just a large grassy mound, but visitors can enter from a single door. A 33 foot long stone passageway leads into a small stone chamber in the center. The chamber is only about 15 feet across. Three side rooms made of single slabs of stone are attached to the main chamber …

» Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve, Scottish Highlands

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is a bit of a hidden treasure, located only about a mile (2 km) outside of Inverness along the shore of Beauly Firth. As the only nature reserve in the highlands, it is the perfect area to observe the diverse wildlife of this sparsely populated region and enjoy a day outdoors. There is a visitor center, once used as a ferry ticket office, where you can delve into small exhibitions and also pick up maps or hire a guide for a walk around the area …

» Nessieland Castle Monster Centre

Nessieland Castle Monster Centre, Scottish Highlands

Nessie, the creature supposedly inhabiting Scotland's mysterious Loch Ness, is undoubtedly one of the most well-known monsters in the world. Sightings started popping up in the late 19th century and ever since, Nessie has held the world's attention and the myth has refused to die. Visitors wishing to learn more about the legends surrounding Loch Ness can do so at Nessieland Castle Monster Centre in Drumnadrochit. While this miniature theme park is aimed at children, it offers plenty of educational displays …

» Old High Church

Old High Church, Scottish Highlands

Looking down on the city from St Michael's Mount on the banks of the River Ness, the historic Old High Church is the oldest church in Inverness and famed as the seat of the first congregation in Inverness, with roots dating back to Celtic times. Legend has it that St Columba of Iona, the Irish monk who introduced Christianity to Inverness, once preached from the hilltop on the very spot where the church stands today. Despite its Celtic roots, the present church building mostly dates back to the 18th century, although parts of the Bell tower from the 14th century remain …

» Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands , Scottish Highlands

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago in northern Scotland, located just 10 mi (16 km) off the coast. While this cluster of islands is made up of approximately 70 islands, only 20 are inhabited, and they have been for over 8,000 years. The largest island is known as the Mainland with the rest of the islands separated into the North and South Isles. Orkney, with its long, rich history, is best known for being home to many of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe …

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