Scotland is a country of mystery, adventure, beauty, tragedy and rich history. From crystal clear lakes to exquisite mountains the Scottish highlands has it all. Peaceful solitude, fairytale castles, wildlife, and dramatic coastline bless the highlands making it one of the most scenic places on earth. If you are planning to visit Scotland soon, check out these 10 things to see in the Scottish Highlands:
- Glencoe: One of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Glenco is located between the mouth of Glen and the banks of Loch Leven. Glenco has been starred in several iconic films like the Harry Potter series and Skyfall which makes it even more fascinating. Apart from the stunning scenery one can go for adventure sports like skiing, mountain biking or snowboarding at the Glenco Mountain resort or go kayaking on the Loch Leven. The other attractions include museums, forts, parks and more.
- Ben Nevis: Is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Started in 1825, Ben Nevis is an historic location in Scotland. The distillery produces the Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis. Tourist and guest can opt for a guided tour and a complementary tasting. One can also visit the restaurant and coffee shop for a delicious bite to eat and get a souvenir from the gift shop.
- Steall Waterfall: Located near the Fort William, Steall Waterfall is the second highest waterfall in Scotland. You can hike through Nevis Gorge and reach the falls. The path is decorated with grassy meadows, wild flowers and rocky mountains. One can easily find accommodation around Steall Waterfall and Fort William and enjoy the stunning view.
- Distillery: Scotland is world famous for its distilleries. The country is split into 5 producing regions, Highland, Campbeltown, Speyside, Lowland and Islay. Each region has its own unique taste and flavor. World famous whisky brands like the Glenmorangie, The famous grouse, Glenfiddich and more have their distilleries set up in Scotland. One can go for guided tours and tastings to various distilleries.
- Fort William: Take the train to Hogwarts, go mountain biking, sip on the finest Scotch whisky or watch the stunning view from the tallest mountain in the UK. You can go trekking on the mountain track and enjoy the panoramic views of the Lochaber and the mountains.
- Inverness: is a city filled with historical stories and natural treasures. You can also visit the Inverness castle, Urquhart Castle and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Inverness is also a great place for some retail therapy where one can stroll through the Victorian market and Eastgate shopping centre. A must visit place in Inverness is River Ness and the Loch Ness.
- Isle of Skye: is one of the most magical places in Scotland which will truly cast a spell on you. The enchanting mountains, spectacular coastlines and fascinating history leaves a lasting impression on you. You can drive around visit places like the Cuillin, the Old Man of Storr and stargaze at the dark sky discovery sites. If you are in the mood to relax then you can unwind with some local single malt whisky.
- Loch Lomond: Wild scenery, lush landscapes and delicious local cuisine is the essence of Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond has one of the biggest lakes or loch in the whole of Britain. You can take a cruise and admire the peaks of Arrochar Alps or spend the afternoon doing water sports like kayaking, jet skiing, or canoeing.Loch Ness: is the home of the world’s most famous monster, Nessie, a green creature which resides in the deep waters of the lake. But this does not stop tourists from visit the place, instead the story just adds to the attraction. You can a boat trip from Inverness or Fort Augustus and keep a look out for the large green monster.
- Eliean Donnan Castle: is one of the most famous and photographed castle in Scotland and if you set your eyes on it you will understand why. Located on a small island overlooking the Isle of Skye, the castle is surrounded by mountains and lakes, which makes it picture perfect.
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