The Scottish Highlands is Britain’s last remaining true wilderness. Its rugged terrain of steep, glacier-carved mountains, majestic glens and magnificent lochs is steeped in history, myth and legend. A journey into the Highlands can feel like stepping out into the unknown, leaving the shelter of civilisation behind and giving yourself up to the forces of nature. From its highest mountain to its deepest loch, the Highlands is a unique experience unlike anywhere else in the British Isles.
Things to Do in The Highlands
The Highlands is defined by the Grampians and Northwest Highlands mountain ranges and the Great Glen fault that divides them. The region, which makes up more than half of Scotland, is home to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and full of awe-inspiring hiking trails like the Great Glen Way that runs from Fort William to Inverness along the fault. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and on a clear day the view from the summit is breathtaking. Not far from the mountain is the deep valley of Glen Coe - one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. And along the Great Glen are a series of picturesque lochs and rivers, including Loch Ness. The Highlands’ remote and sparely populated landscape is also a sanctuary for wildlife. The coast teem with life and provide some of the best opportunities to see seals, dolphins and whales anywhere in the British Isles. Boat tours run from Fort William and Inverness that can get you within touching distance of these mammals.
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The legend of the loch and the prehistoric monster that inhabits it, has enthralled the world for decades and attracted tourists in droves, with the glimmer of hope that they might spy the beast as it breaks the surface of the loch’s still waters. Boat cruises operate from various locations along the loch, which will put you in the best possible vantage point for an encounter with “Wee Nessie”. Failing that, you can still enjoy a lovely meal from one of the many restaurants along its shores and watch the sun set over the loch.
The highest mountain in the British Isles, climbing Ben Nevis is a must for every able-bodied person on a visit to the Highlands. The best way for an inexperienced climber to make the assent to the summit is using the well-constructed Pony Track from Glen Nevis on the south side of the mountain. The summit is at 1,344 metres above sea level. On a clear day, the view from the summit extends for almost 200 kilometres.
Scotland is famed for its whiskies and it would be rude not to check out one of its distilleries and sample the “water of life”, as it was called by Gaelic-speaking clans centuries ago. There are distilleries throughout the Highlands, from the Ben Nevis Distillery in Lochaber to the Pulteney Distillery in Wick. Many distilleries have visitor centres and offer tours and tastings.
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