Still one of the least populated areas of Britain, the spectacular landscape of the Highlands is one of Britain’s great mountainous regions, peppered with lochs and offering a wealth of outdoor activities. Off the beaten track yet accessible, The Highlands offers a choice of settlements to the north west and east, all with excellent amenities and accommodation.
The Highlands are split into six regions, each with their own particular flavour, getting remoter the further north you travel. The southern areas of Fort William & Lochaber and Aviemore & The Cairngorms are Highland bests for outdoor activities from hill walking and skiing to rock climbing, fishing and cycling. Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis sits in the iconic Lochaber area around Fort William which incorporates the Nevis Range.
The Moray to the east is home to the great Speyside Whisky trail, world class golf courses and a spectacular dolphin coast whilst the central Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn region are a mecca for family holidays and tourist visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie in Loch Ness! The western area of Skye & Lochalsh is a wildlife rich area popular with walkers and the vast Northern Highlands is Britain’s great last wilderness, with most settlements like fishing village Ullapool and famous golf centre Dornoch situated on the coast.
Whisky Trails & Local Produce
The breathtaking natural features of the region continue to amaze visitors from the beautiful Great Glen around Fort William to the rock architecture of Duncansby near John o’Groats with its high cliffs and sea stacks. Local produce and specialist food in the area includes the famous Highlands whisky distilleries, Highland cheeses and acclaimed seafood centres like Ullapool and the Moray coast where you’ll taste lobsters, salmon, mussels and more like you’ve never tasted!
Heritage & Wildlife
Traditional culture, the Gaelic language, dance and ancient folk music are strong themes across the Highland summer festival season, and many towns and villages host their own Highland Games. Heritage sites feature magnificent Highland Clan castles and in museums you’ll see displays of ancient Pictish stones and hear the stories of prehistoric settlement and Viking invasion.
The wildlife of the Highlands both around the interior and the coast attracts huge numbers of visitors to the area, whether you’re heading for famous Highland coastal sites rich in seabirds like the Duncansby Stacks, looking to catch a glimpse of the region’s famous birds of prey or heading to the far north westerly Faraid Head near Durness. Come and discover the sublime mountains and coast of the Scottish Highlands for yourself. Find Highlands accommodation online now!
Getting to the Highlands
Airport access in to the Highlands is usually via Inverness Airport which has internal flight links to a choice of UK airports and flights out to the Scottish Islands. Wick Airport in the far north east also has internal flight links to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.