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The Highlands in Scotland

Visit the Highlands, Scotland

Raw and unforgiving yet caught up with romance, the Scottish Highlands offer mountain scenery along with a history of clans and kinship that has marked the landscape with castles and quaint towns.

For me, the Highlands — and particularly Loch Lomond — outshine everything else in Scotland. Even bad weather can’t diminish the serenity you feel from such remoteness. I like that you can drive for miles and yet pass only one house.

UK & Ireland specialist Elizabeth

Our Scotland specialists will share their first-hand knowledge of the region to help you decide where to go and what to do, so you can make the most of your time in this wild and remote area.

Get out on foot to hike through glens and ancient pine forests to steely lochs or the top of desolate peaks in the Cairngorms National Park. Perfect your fly casting as you fish for salmon in gushing rivers that feed the host of traditional whisky distilleries concentrated around Speyside. Walk along castle ramparts or through lavish estates to explore the region's rich and complex history or discover the windswept beaches and traditional islands of the rugged coastline.

The Highlands present visitors with a diverse array of attractions and our specialists have explored both the main sights and the lesser-known ones. They’ll carefully plan your time spent there based on your individual interests and preferences.

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Places to visit in the Highlands

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Highlands, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Highlands

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Highlands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Highlands

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Highlands

    Accommodation choices for the Highlands

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Highlands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

      Inverlochy Castle

      Deluxe

      A sumptuous property in magnificent surrounds, Inverlochy Castle offers exceptional service and fine dining presented by Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr.

    • Glencoe House, Glencoe

      Glencoe House

      First Class

      Glencoe House is a striking hotel in majestic surroundings, offering an unusual private dining experience in the comfort of your own lavishly furnished suite.

    • Ballachulish Hotel, Glencoe

      Ballachulish Hotel

      Medium

      This warm and welcoming hotel offers excellent value in the heart of the West Highlands. Sitting on the shores of Loch Linnhe, it’s in a prime position for guests to get out and enjoy the best of the region.

    • The Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey

      The Grant Arms Hotel

      Medium

      The Grant Arms Hotel is an attractive Victorian-era hotel that focuses on wildlife watching. It’s located within easy reach of both the heart of the Cairngorms and Speyside.

    Ideas for experiencing the Highlands

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Highlands, and which use the best local guides.

    • Glenfinnan Viaduct

      Highlands steam train tour

      The Highlands

      Hop on board a classic steam train for a two-hour journey from Fort William to Mallaig. Pass many scenes associated with the Jacobite Rebellion, traverse the viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films and soak up the scenery.

    • Loch Lomond

      Loch Lomond cycle cruise

      The Highlands

      Cycle along the west coast of Loch Lomond on a lakeshore cycle path enjoying the spectacular scenery and small, attractive villages along the way before returning to your start point by boat and getting a different perspective from the water.

    • Glencoe

      West Highlands day tour

      The Highlands

      Explore the rugged scenery of the West Highlands on this full-day tour of Glen Etive, Glencoe and the Nevis range which offers a chance to discover film locations, folk museums and hidden lookouts offering sweeping panoramas.

    • Jacobite gravestone at Culloden

      Culloden Cawdor Castle tour

      The Highlands

      Explore Scotland's Jacobite history on a full-day tour of some of the country's most significant historical monuments. Visit the Culloden Battlefield, scene of the rebellion's final, bloody battle, the ancient Clava Cairns and stately Cawdor Castle.