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Scottish Highlands

Huge, wild and beautiful the Highlands are for many what Scotland is all about.

The Highlands

It’s about spotting Highland Cows roaming heather-wreathed glens, it’s taking a sip of golden whisky as you look out over the surface of a deep mysterious loch and much more besides. From the wild West Coast with its myriad islands to the pristine forests and soaring peaks of the Cairngorms, this corner of Britain is as beautiful and atmospheric as it gets.

Scotland's vast Highlands, one of Britain’s most rousing landscapes offering soaring mountain peaks, grassy plains and heather-clad moorland.
Scotland's vast Highlands, one of Britain’s most rousing landscapes offering soaring mountain peaks, grassy plains and heather-clad moorland.

Outdoorsy-types love its varied mountain landscapes, especially Ben Nevis in the west – the highest mountain in the United Kingdom at 1,344m above sea level. You’ll find two National Parks here: the Cairngorms, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. This ancient land spans the north of Scotland, above the Highland Boundary Fault.

The most convenient route in is to fly direct from London to the city of Inverness, which takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

Best of the Highlands

Top suggestions for first time visitors to the Highlands.

Best of the Scotish Highlands. Inverness

Inverness

Inverness is a gateway to the Highlands and so makes a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside, historic battlefields and beautiful lochs. The Highland Capital is friendly, welcoming, full of history and compact enough for wandering around by foot. Scenes for TV drama Outlander were shot in and around the city.

Best of the Scotish Highlands. Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Hike to the summit of Britain's highest mountain and look out across Scotland. It's a serious undertaking, so make sure you go prepared. If that sounds a bit too strenuous, catch the gondola up Aonach Mor, another mountain in the Nevis range.

Best of the Scotish Highlands. Glen Coe

Glen Coe

Glen Coe, ‘the glen of weeping’, marries epic scenery with moving history. These days it's a magnificently dramatic backdrop for walking and climbing, plus films including Skyfall, Braveheart, Highlander and Under the Skin were shot here.

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