Destination Guide to the Scottish Highlands

The North of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands are a vast and untouched wilderness, home to dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery.

Covering a vast but sparsely populated area, the North of Scotland, much of which is considered the Scottish Highlands, reaches from just north of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the most northerly point on the British mainland at John O Groats and is a region characterized by a dramatic natural geography.

Providing some the UK's most visually spectacular landscapes, the Highlands are home to towering mountain ranges and shimmering lochs set in deep valleys from the dizzy heights of Britain's highest mountain peak at Ben Nevis to the Great Glen and the depths of the world-famous Loch Ness. And in between you'll find eerie desolate moors, craggy rock formations, gushing crystal clear rivers and glorious heather swept hillsides all waiting to be discovered and inviting you to snap some unforgettable pictures.

The wild, untouched countryside offers invigoratingly fresh air and an unrivalled tranquillity ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat. Each landscape provides the natural habitats for wildlife to thrive from fresh water fish such as the famous Scottish salmon in the rivers to dolphins, whales and seals off the coastlines. The thick woodlands of the Grampian Highlands are teaming with red squirrels, wild deer can be spotted on the moorlands and the bird-life thrives from coastal sea-birds to stunning birds of prey.

The Highlands are home of a rich Scottish Heritage and are dotted with ancient castle ruins, tumbledown former settlements and impressive baronial manors. Waiting to be discovered here are Scottish icons such as Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Queen's favourite retreat at Balmoral. The area played host to much of Scotland's tempestuous history, once the stomping ground of Scottish heroes such as Rob Roy and Bonnie Prince Charlie, sites are still marked of the infamous clan battles and massacres such as those at Glen Coe and Culloden Moor. These northern areas of Scotland also make the ideal place to enjoy a wee dram of finest malt whisky with a number of world-famous distilleries found throughout the Highlands including Oban and Glenfiddich.

Whilst they are sparsely populated, the centres of population in the Highlands are certainly worth visiting in their own right as well as ideal bases for touring. Fort William is the outdoors capital of Scotland and an ideal spot from whence to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Aberdeen, the Granite City, is a proud maritime city and now prospers from the North Sea Oil industry. Oban, also known as the Gateway to the Isles, is the picturesque town and sea port on the beautiful west coast whilst Inverness, known as Capital of the Highlands, straddles the river Ness and is home to its own castle, museum and gallery. And not to be missed is the quaint Victorian town of Pitlochry in the heart of the region.

Captivating scenery, spell-binding wildlife, an abundance of national icons and rich national history make the Highlands an integral part of your Scotland experience.

Relevant Tours

Enjoy a flavour of Scotland and all this enchanting nation has to offer.  From Glasgow you’ll journey along the Great Glen in to rugged Highlands and back to Edinburgh, the elegant capital. On route you’ll enjoy a loch cruise, sample single malts and enjoy a traditional Scottish evening of local cuisine and entertainment.

Tours of Scotland

A chance to explore Scotland's glorious and remote countryside including the west coast, the stunning Isle of Skye, the Great Glen and the Capital of the Highlands in Inverness.  On route you'll discover some of the country's finest distilleries and most iconic castles.

Scottish Islands Tour

Escape to an enchanting wilderness as you explore the frontiers of the Scottish nation on her remote outer islands. With raw natural beauty and wildlife in abundance the islands and highlands are also home to a unique and a fascinating history and culture.

Tours of Scotland - Edinburgh Arthurs Seat

Uncover the myths, legends and history of this amazing isle! On this tour you'll discover both cultural highlights and unrivalled scenery; from the towns and cities of Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Glasgow, Liverpool and Bath to the majestic scenery of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and the Wye Valley.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Explore two of Britain's great nations touring from London, the exuberant English capital to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you'll experience thriving cities from the Beatles' Liverpool, vibrant Glasgow and historic Edinburgh as well as areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Lake District and the along the shores of remote lochs, Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.

Scottish Islands Tour - Orkney

Journey through the untamed Northern Highlands and cross the chilly Waters of the North Sea to reach Orkney, home to a treasure trove of natural landscapes and heritage sites. Unearth some of the best-preserved historic and prehistoric sites in Europe, including the Viking village at Maeshowe, the Norman era St Magnus Cathedral, ancient stone-circles such as the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, a village which pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt!

Coach Tours of Scotland

Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Scotland, a captivating land of contrasts which is both aesthetically beautiful and historically fascinating. From Edinburgh to the remote islands of Skye and Mull, enjoy dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering lochs and heather covered highlands all richly peppered with castles, abbeys and ancient sites which tell the tale of Scotland's intriguing and often turbulent history.

Scotland Tours Loch Awe

Five days exploring Scotland at its breath-taking best; touring the remote northern Highlands and the Isle of Skye you'll experience the mountain landscapes of Assynt and the Cuillins as well as the contrasting coastal scenery of the Highlands from dramatic cliffs to deserted white sandy bays.  Other highlights include the ancient pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park and Inverness capital of the Highlands.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Experience Scottish hospitality at its traditional best on this exclusive tour staying in sumptuous and historic castle and manor-house hotels. Taking you from historic Stirling and Edinburgh to the remote Mull of Kintyre and Scottish Highlands, you'll experience the very best of both Scotland's landscapes and heritage. Enjoy included admission to dozens of historic attractions by day and the utmost of comfort and character at your accommodation each night.

Coach Tours of Scotland

Enjoy this leisurely tour of Scotland which focusses on the spectacular history, culture and scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Discover a host of iconic and lesser known Scottish castles, the seats of royalty and ancient clans, cruise on misty lochs and take a stunning highland rail journey. The leisurely pace offers stays of a minimum of two nights in each location.

Scotland Tours Loch Awe

Journey through majestic Highland scenery and explore Scotland's remote islands on this comprehensive tour of Scotland. Experience the tranquillity of the Isle of Skye, the undiscovered wilderness of the Isle of Arran, the dramatic landscapes of the Northern Highlands and the ancient pre-history of Orkney, not to mention the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Scotlands Tours - Isle of Skye

Spend five days exploring four of Scotland's magical Inner Hebrides Islands including enchanting Mull, spiritual Iona, tiny Staffa and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Highlights also include the Loch Lomond National Park, Oban town and the West Coast, Eilean Donan Castle, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the White sands of Morar, Glencoe and Loch Ness.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

Enjoy the very best of Bonnie Scotland, from the country's urban and cultural hubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh to the remote wilderness and scenery of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Experience the glory of Edinburgh Castle, visit the home of golf in St Andrews, admire the history of Culloden Moor and top it all off with a dram o' whisky and a yard of your favourite tartan!

England Tours of Oxford

Experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District and spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you'll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks.

Scotland Tours - Eilean Donan

Escape to Scotland's northern extremes on a tour to treasure for a lifetime. In five days you'll explore the remote and rugged landscapes and coasts of the northern Highlands and the magical beauty and prehistoric history of the Orkney islands. Other highlights include Loch Ness and the Caledonian forests of the Cairngorm National Park.

Scotland Tours Loch Awe

The ultimate tour of Scotland, the Scotland Explorer Tour let's you see this beautiful nation in all her glory. From the bustling historic cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh Aberdeen and Inverness to the enchanting landscapes of the remote highlands, the Great Glen, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.

Scotlands Tours - Isle of Skye

Enjoy a three-day tour through Scotland's dramatic Highlands to the romantic Isle of Skye.  Explore this fascinating island from the towering Cuillin Mountains to the remote Trotternish Peninsula and the lush West Coast.  Other highlights include the island’s main town of Portree town as well as the Glencoe Valley, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the five Sisters of Kintail which can be seen on route to and from this magical island.

Tours of Scotland - Ben Nevis

Get away from it all with this magnificent adventure to Scotland's remote and wild Outer Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, home to untouched landscapes, abundant wildlife, pre-historic stone circles, Viking heritage and the famous white sandy beaches of Harris. Your tour will also include the dramatic Scottish Highlands and magical Isle of Skye.

Scotland Toura - Scottish Dancing

Experience the Highlands and the heart of Scotland on your Scottish Dream tour. From the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms and the heart of Scotland, you'll see clan seats, baronial manors, remote castles, royal palaces, ancient battlefields, malt distilleries and the spiritual home of golf.

Scotland Tours - Inverness

The Simply Scotland Tour introduces you to this enchanting nation from the rugged landscapes of the highlands to the magical capital city of Edinburgh. Highlights include historic Stirling, the West coast, Loch Ness and Inverness.

Tours of Scotland Inverness

Ride the scenic Scottish rail routes through the heart of the nation to the stunning Highlands and back again taking in some of Scotland's most visited heritage towns and cities along the way.  The Heart of Scotland tour takes you from the Grampian Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park to Stirling, Inverness and the beautiful capital of Edinburgh.

Tours of Scotland Inverness

Enjoy an enchanting journey through some of Europe's most dramatic natural landscapes on this tour of the awe-inspiring northern Highlands and remote Isle of Orkney. Steeped in Viking history, the region is scattered with prehistoric sites dating back more than 5000 years; experience the tomb of Maes Howe, the excavations at Skara Brae and the mystical standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar.

Tours of England - Hampton Court

Sweeping through a land with rich history and tradition, bustling cities and picturesque villages, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines, The Royal tour of Britain, new for 2018 has been specifically designed to include Royal connections of the UK. From the gates of Balmoral to Buckingham Palace explore the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time.

Scotland Tours - Ben Nevis

Explore beyond Scotland's tartan façade where there lies 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of her natural features never fail to impress. Explore the Northern Highlands and Isles of Orkney and Skye on the Country Roads of Scotland Tour which is well paced and offers two-night stays in both Edinburgh and Thurso.

Scotland Rail Tours Glenfinnan

Experience some of Britain's most spectacular and scenic rail journeys as you explore Scotland and the Highlands by train.  Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct on the famous West Highland way and visit famous destinations including the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the capital city of Edinburgh.

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