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What to see in The Highlands

The Highlands Attractions

The Highlands are home to Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain, the mysterious Loch Ness, some fascinating historic battlefields and the hauntingly beautiful Isle of Skye. The common theme of almost all the main attractions in the north of Scotland is the breath-taking natural scenery, which is primarily what lures visitors from all over the world to this sparsely populated, wild and rugged region of the UK. Even the genuinely interesting history and culture of the Scottish clans seems to be part of the Highland landscapes; each battle, betrayal and stronghold made romantic and meaningful by the beauty that forms its backdrop. The top attractions of the Highlands are therefore the walking trails, mountain tracks, coastal paths and railway routes which traverse the lovely region, allowing travellers to fully experience the open, majestic scenery which has enchanted so many already.

Inverness and Fort William both make convenient travel bases in the Highlands, and the many old fishing villages along the coast can fill a holiday by themselves. The rugged coastline of northern Scotland is worth exploring by boat, car or on foot, and the many islands scattered along the coast are alluring and mysterious, often containing ancient ruins and featuring in local folklore.

Ben Nevis

The highest peak on the British Isles, Ben Nevis, affectionately known as 'The Ben' among locals, is an extremely popular destination for serious mountaineers and intrepid hikers alike. Located near…

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Fort William

Sitting on the shores of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is the gateway to some of the Highlands' finest natural attractions and is a natural stop-off for those heading up to the north of Scotland. Ben Nevis…

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Isle of Skye

Linked to the mainland by the Skye Bridge in 1995, the Isle of Skye is the most scenic and easily accessible of Scotland's many islands and attracts thousands of visitors on holiday each year. The…

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Loch Ness

Loch Ness is situated in the Great Glen that links Inverness on the east coast to Fort William in the west. The most famous lake is 24 miles (39km) long, half a mile (1km) wide and 700ft (213m) deep…

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Northern Highlands

Beyond Inverness and the Great Glen, Scotland stretches away in a spectacular fusion of wooded glens, sweeping moors, rugged coasts, towering mountains and welcoming villages. The Northern Highlands…

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