The Scottish Highlands

Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscapes and history

THE HIGHLANDS offer dramatic scenery that will take your breath away, with huge hills and mountains, stunning lochs and beautiful valleys. Don’t miss the incredible landscapes of Glencoe and Ben Nevis. See if you can spot the evasive monster in the vast waters of Loch Ness. There’s plenty to see and do in the Scottish Highlands.

Harry Potter fans will enjoy a trip to Glenfinnan, where you can see the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. In the movies, the Hogwarts Express chuffs across this viaduct, taking the young wizards and witches to school! Learn about the Jacobite Army in the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre – they gathered here at the start of their rebellion in 1745. Or take the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William To Mallaig, across the viaduct. There are some beautiful walks around Glenfinnan – look out for red deer.

Red deer in the Scottish Higlands

If you’re a fan of island life, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Isle of Skye. It offers beautiful landscapes, pretty villages, and heritage attractions. Explore Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, or the Skye Museum of Island Life. At the northernmost point of Scotland is Cape Wrath, which is open for guided tours when it’s not being used for military training. Book a tour and you’ll get a ferry and a minibus ride to the lighthouse, where you’re free to explore for an hour.

Isle of Skye Scotland

Ready for another island? Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands, to learn its fascinating WWII history, see Neolithic monuments, and visit the iconic Italian chapel. Stop in the Cairngorms National Park for outdoor adventure activities, skiing, and wildlife experiences. There’s loads to see and do, and the kids will love it.

Why not check out some of our suggested routes on our Visit Scotland page.

Make your stay better

May to September

Highland Games

Various locations

W: visitscotland.com/see-do/events/highland-games

Price: Various

The Highland Games are an important part of Scotland’s heritage, and they’ve taken place for hundreds of years. Today they remain as popular as ever. Activities include tossing the caber, the hammer throw, shot put and tug of war.


July 2020

Loch Ness Film Festival

Inverness and surrounding area

W: lochnessfilmfestival.co.uk

Price: Various

See work by new and exciting film makers at the annual Loch Ness Film Festival. The range of films they show are diverse and include new works from international film makers as well as local people.

Places of Interest

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Highlands, Scotland
    W visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/glenfinnan-p236571

  • The Isle of Skye

    Northern Inner Hebrides
    W isleofskye.com

  • Jacobite Steam Train

    Fort William, Highlands
    W westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite
    T 0844 850 4685

  • Cape Wrath

    Durness, Sutherland IV27 4PZ
    W visitcapewrath.com

  • Orkney Island Tours

    Innovation Centre F14, Hatston Pier Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1ZL
    W orkneyislandtours.co.uk
    T 01856 525000