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The Scottish Highlands has been described as Europe’s last great wilderness. Populated by just 65 people per square kilometer, it’s easy to see why. Here we recommend our top 5 tourist attractions in this memorable region of Scotland.
There are few places which can match the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands. There’s no doubting that it does get chilly from time to time, but what could be better than sitting in a hot tub outside a Highland lodge?
The legendary spectacle of the Highland Games draws spectators from all over the world. It is a hugely impressive and traditional display of strength, and there are many events all over Scotland for people to enjoy.
Recently described by Jeremy Clarkson as the most stunning place he had ever seen, the North Coast 500 is a simply sensational driving route with some of the best roads and scenery in Europe. The North Coast 500 deserves a place on the bucket-list of any keen driver.
The mysterious and iconic Loch Ness will leave you speechless. This tour begins in Inverness and includes a particularly scenic drive (equipped with knowledgeable tour guide).
On arriving at Loch Ness, you will sail over its deep, still waters to Urquhart Castle where you can learn of its history and explore the ruins before heading to the Loch Ness Visitor Centre to learn about the legendary beast - Nessie!
What better way to immerse yourself in the Highlands than by enjoy a private, full-day tour of the key filming locations from the popular TV show, Outlander>
You'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to see see historic sites such as Culloden, the Monadhliath Mountains, Fraser Cave, the Clava Cairns, Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness.
The Highland Titles Nature Reserve is quite possibly the most interesting conservation project in the world. Certainly, it is uniquely funded.
Scottish law permits the sale of ‘souvenir’ plots of land: specifically, these are plots which are very small (from 30cm x 30cm) but have sentimental or commemorative value.
Highland Titles have been selling these plots of land for 12 years, and the company uses its profits to run the land as a nature reserve. People visit the land from all over the world and are guided to their very own plot by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers.
It is no wonder the Highland Titles Nature Reserve near Duror has become an official 4-star tourist attraction and the most popular nature reserve in Scotland.
The Scottish Highlands are truly a hillwalker’s paradise. Fort William is known as the outdoor capital of the UK, boasting a marvellous landscape which includes Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
Historic Glencoe is another fine sight to behold. Few places can match its dramatic scenery. The West Highland Way is a very famous route which passes through a great many inspiring places.
Please remember the weather in Scotland can be quite a challenge and we recommend checking for notices before setting off.
It’s fair to say that Scotland is less famous for its views of the Northern lights than other places. Why that should be so is not clear.
The North of Scotland shares a similar latitude to parts of Norway, Alaska and other countries which are perhaps better known for this spectacular show of light.
There are, in fact, 9 places in Scotland which are worth watching the Northern lights from. Read our complete guide for more information.
The House of Bruar is not just a shop – it has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Known as the 'Harrods of the North', the company sells Scottish country clothing of the highest quality, inspired by tradition but often with a modern twist.
Popular tartans are available on nearly any item of clothing – from skirts, to hats and winter jackets.
Look no further than House of Bruar for your Scottish country clothing, for they cannot be beaten on quality!
The House of Bruar is definitely a must-see attraction for anyone venturing into the Highlands. It is just off the A9, close to Blair Atholl.
Read our guide on the best places to stay in the Highlands