The Scottish Highlands is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. From Harry Potter to James Bond and the Loch Ness Monster, some of the best places to visit in the Scottish Highlands are spots you’ve likely already heard of. From animals and lakes to mountains and villages, there is much to see and do here. Just stick to the blog and you’ll come to know which places to visit and where to stay in the Scottish Highlands.
1. Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness Castle is just over 20 miles southwest of Inverness. Your Scottish Highlands holiday would be complete without a visit to the home of the ever-popular Nessie.
The Urquhart Castle is situated alongside the impressively picturesque lake. Even though the 1,000-year-old castle is in ruins, it still holds the key to any perfect piece of real estate.
2. the Isle of Skye
From wildlife viewing to fossil discovery, the Isle of Skye is a terrific stop for everything. It is situated in the northwest of the Scottish Highlands and is connected to the mainland of Scotland by a bridge.
There are many villages scattered throughout the peninsulas of the island, all of which radiate out from the Cullin range. The Cullin range is an excellent opportunity for some climbing because it has 12 peaks.
3. Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in all of the British Isles. Known fondly to locals as ‘The Ben’, it sits closest to the town of Fort William, which is less than a 20-minute drive from the base. During the summer months summiting the peak is quite doable in less than four hours for moderately experienced and fit climbers. You can book your stay at one of the best luxury hotels near Ben Nevis.
4. Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. It is situated on an island where three great lochs converge, creating a perfectly magical scene. There are no residents on the island and it is open to tourists. The site remains closed during January.
Being the backdrop of the 1995 movie Braveheart, Glencoe is one of the most famous valleys in the region. Surrounded by epic peaks, there is plenty to do in the area. The West Highland Way is a popular long-distance trail, part of which can be walked through the glen. You can also enjoy a kayak on Loch Leven.
6. Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms is an excellent place for outdoor activities. From easy walking routes to strenuous climbs, from skiing to snowboarding, from treetop walks to mountain biking, and from white water rafting to canoeing, there is no end to the opportunities available in the park.
7. Luskentyre Beach
With waters as blue as the Caribbean and white sands as bright as the Australian shores in stark contrast to the greenery of the Highlands, at Luskentyre Beach you may not believe you’re still in Scotland. The island has plenty of opportunities for hillwalking, cycling, and general exploration.
8. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs National Park takes up about 750 square miles of land, and Loch Lomond is the centrepiece. While there is plenty to do and see throughout the park, one of the top recommendations is to cycle along the lake following the West Loch Lomond cycle path. To get the most out of your holiday, you must book your stay in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park hotels.
9. Glenfinnan Viaduct
The viaduct runs 100 feet above the ground and spans 1,000 feet. It is where one of the most epic shots of the Hogwarts Express is taken from and you can be a part of the magic on your trip to the Highlands of Scotland. The actual train running this route is called The Jacobite and it runs from mid-April through mid-October.
10. Duncansby Head
Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly point of the British mainland. Sitting up on a perch, this headland provides some truly sensational scenery out across the water and the many rock formations and small islands that dot the sea. A short walk will bring you to the far side of the lighthouse for the best views.
From magic to wonder to beauty, no words can truly describe what the Scottish Highlands are. You must come to see it all while staying in our luxury hotels in Scotland.