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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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» Pitmedden Garden

Pitmedden Garden, Scottish Highlands

The beautifully landscaped Pitmedden Garden in northern Scotland dates back to 1675. The center piece of the property is the Great Garden, a formal walled garden that was originally designed by Sir Alexander Seton, 1st Baronet of Pitmedden. In the 1950s the National Trust of Scotland began recreating the garden using designs from the 17th century. Some of the designs might have been used in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh in 1647. One section is a heraldic design based on Sir Alexander's coat of arms …

» Portree

Portree, Scottish Highlands

As the main town on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands, Portree is the hub of culture and commerce in the area with its central and scenic harbor. Surrounded by tall cliffs and richly green forests, it makes for an excellent base from which to explore the island - though it is a destination in its own right. Colorfully painted homes line the waterfront, and the city is steeped in rich Scottish history and heritage. Fishing has long been the center of Portree's economy, and as such there are many excellent fresh seafood eateries …

» Quiraing

Quiraing, Scottish Highlands

The Quiraing is a hiking trail on the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. The trail is a loop covering a distance of about 4.2 miles. It passes through spectacular Scottish landscapes and is part of the Trotternish Ridge. This ridge was formed by a massive landslip, which created cliffs, plateaus, and rock pinnacles. If you enjoy taking pictures, bring your camera to capture the scenery you'll see along the way. You'll be able to see the water as well as the many strange and beautiful land formations in the area …

» Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar, Scottish Highlands

Among the tall green grass and purple heather between Loch Harray and Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar standing stones thrust from the earth like rusting giants' swords. At 340 feet (104 meters) in diameter, 27 of the original 60 stones survive, making this the third-biggest stone circle in Britain. Thought to have been built around 2000-2500 BC, this was one of the last of such monuments to be built in neolithic Orkney …

» River Ness

River Ness, Scottish Highlands

Sure, the River Ness might not be as famous as the nearby Loch with its monster, but that doesn't mean it's not worth wandering. In fact, the vast majority of Inverness' top attractions are situated along its shores, including Inverness Castle, Whin Park, Eden Court Theater and St. Andrews Cathedral. And of course, it culminates in Loch Ness. River Ness also houses the Ness Islands, which are extremely popular nature retreats for Inverness locals …

» Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls, Scottish Highlands

Ever wanted to see wild Atlantic salmon at their most spectacular, leaping up a waterfall? On the road from Inverness to Ullapool, just head to Rogie Falls in the Scottish Highlands for its parade of leaping salmon through August and September. To catch the salmon at their best, try to come in the early morning or evening when they're at their most active. A great spot to visit throughout the year, in spring you'll be treated to a woodland carpet of Scottish bluebells …

» Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow, Scottish Highlands

In the Orkney Islands between the North Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, Scapa Flow is one of the great natural harbors of the world. Used since Viking times, Scapa Flow saw its fair share of bloodshed in WWI and WWII, when the harbor served as the naval base for the British Grand Fleet. You can learn more about the naval history of these sheltered waters at the Scapa Flow Information Centre and Museum on the isle of Hoy …

» Skara Brae

Skara Brae, Scottish Highlands

In 1850, a wild storm engulfed the isle of Orkney, ripping the grass from the Skara Brae sand dune to reveal 5,000-year-old stone dwellings. Older than the Egyptian pyramids, older even than Stonehenge, Skara Brae is remarkable in how well it's been preserved. Even the neolithic furniture is intact: stone beds, chairs and dressers that were used by the prehistoric fishermen, hunters and farmers can all be seen her …

» St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral, Scottish Highlands

With its imposing Gothic facade presiding over the west bank of the Ness River, St Andrew's Cathedral is one of the most striking of Inverness' many churches. Constructed in the 19th-century to a design by local architect Alexander Toss, the cathedral, often simply referred to as Inverness Cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and remains one of the city's principal places of worship, with regular Sunday services held …

» Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness , Scottish Highlands

Old Norse for ' Stone Headland,' the towering Standing Stones of Stenness are truly giant, some shooting up to 19 feet tall. Recent research suggests that the stones, only four of which remain, could date back to 3300 BC, making them quite possible the oldest standing stones in the British Isles. Pronounced ' Stane-is' in the lilting Orcadian dialect, the standing stones are less than a mile from the younger Ring of Brodgar, both of which are part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site …

» St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle, Scottish Highlands

St. Andrews Castle on the east coast of Scotland dates back to the 1100s and was home to the Archbishops of St. Andrews. It was once the main administrative center of the Scottish church. The castle was badly damaged during the Wars of Independence and little of the original castle remains today. The new castle was finished around 1400 and was built to be easily defended. Steep cliffs to the north and east protected the castle, and the building included thick curtain walls and ditches. Five square towers served as living space for the bishop, his large household, and guests …

» St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral , Scottish Highlands

Towering over the narrow streets of Kirkwall in all its red sandstone glory, St Magnus Cathedral is a testament to the Vikings' ability to create real beauty amid all that pillaging and plundering. Commissioned by viking Earl Rögnvald in 1137 to honor his saintly uncle, Magnus Erlendsson, it took over 300 years for St Magnus Cathedral to become the beauty we see today, all Romanesque flourishes and heavy Norman influences …

» Trotternish Ridge

Trotternish Ridge, Scottish Highlands

Trotternish Ridge is a large wilderness area on the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. It is a 20 mile walking trail and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. Though most of the summits aren't very high, it is a challenging walk with many ascents and descents. There isn't a distinct path in most places, but firm grassy areas will keep you on track. Due to the length of the walk, many people break up the hike into two days and camp on the ridge. Walking Trotternish Ridge is a constant up and down as you make your way through the many peaks …

» Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle, Scottish Highlands

The ruins of Urquhart Castle sit on the shores of Loch Ness. Visitors can still climb the Grant Tower, which offers scenic views of the famous loch and Great Gen. It was once one of Scotland's largest castles, and it spent hundreds of years as an important medieval fortress. The castle was frequently invaded and taken over by enemies only to be won back later. It also played a big role during the Scots' struggle for independence in the 1300s and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots in 1306 …

» Whin Park

Whin Park, Scottish Highlands

If you are in Inverness and want to spend a day out with the family, you will find a beautiful recreational area for just this purpose in Whin Park. Popular among tourists as well as locals, the site is especially great for kids due to the miniature Ness Islands Railway, a large play area and a boating pond. The train is usually made of a diesel locomotive with long lines of benches attached behind it. If you are lucky though, a tiny steam engine will be in use to take you on the bell-shaped ride …

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