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.
UK & Ireland specialist Elizabeth
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.
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.
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
- The Cairngorms The Highlands
- Fort William The Highlands
- Glencoe The Highlands
- Loch Lomond 37 miles away
- Loch Awe 42 miles away
- Glasgow 46 miles away
- Oban 49 miles away
- Edinburgh 54 miles away
- St Andrews 55 miles away
- Loch Ness 59 miles away
- Isle of Jura 66 miles away
- Inverness 69 miles away
- Speyside 78 miles away
- Isle of Islay 93 miles away
- Isle of Skye 99 miles away
- The Lake District 147 miles away
- York 214 miles away
- Liverpool 219 miles away
Photos of 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.
A sumptuous property in magnificent surrounds, Inverlochy Castle offers exceptional service and fine dining presented by Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr.
Glencoe House is a striking hotel in majestic surroundings, offering an unusual private dining experience in the comfort of your own lavishly furnished suite.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.