The Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are nothing short of spectacular, showcasing sights that will stay with you forever. A trip here means magical beaches, freshly caught seafood and scenic castles.
Covering over two-thirds of Scotland and with only one city, Inverness, it’s among the most unspoilt wilderness in the whole of Europe. So escape it all at a self-catering cottage and take in the Scottish Highlands’ breathtakingly beautiful combination of mountains, lochs, rivers and rugged coastlines.
Things to do
Visit Loch Ness, the largest and most famous loch in the world. Stories of mystical sea creatures aside, the area is teeming with wildlife. Spot seals, dolphins and otters from the shore or a boat, while seabirds dive for food or nest high in the majestic mountains.
Golf enthusiasts head to the Scottish Highlands religiously for a reason: the renowned courses range from quaint to championship standard. Other activities include world-class mountain-biking, picturesque forest trails and, for the particularly adventurous, whitewater rafting! Walk in the shadows of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, or plan to hike up it! Unsurprisingly, given the amount of incredible lakes and coastlines, the Scottish Highlands also offer some of the world’s best fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The choice is yours.
Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands are some of the best seafood restaurants in the world. The beauty of the region is that Michelin star restaurants aren't merely reserved for the city of Inverness. They’re scattered across unlikely villages and destinations and, whether you’re after a special meal or a simple lunch, the freshness will astound you.
If you want to learn more about the Scottish Highlands’ rich history, head to a castle. Wherever you’re staying, there’s bound to be one nearby. A few favourites with travellers include Urquhart Castle, which overlooks the banks of Loch Ness and hosts home to an impressive collection of medieval artefacts, and Eilean Donan, a 13th century castle that will take you on a journey through time and history.
Few places in the world offer such natural beauty and tranquility, but the Scottish Highlands is undoubtedly one of them.