Among our favorite places in the Highlands:
The Outer Hebrides
The remoteness and isolation of these islands off the west coast of Scotland have given traditional Scottish culture a safe haven: you’ll still hear Gaelic spoken here, there are many archeological monuments still standing, and traditional music remains popular. The islands are also the home of Harris Tweed.
The largest city in the Highlands, Inverness is a compact, cultured town featuring a 19th-century cathedral, an indoor Victorian Market selling food and crafts, and a contemporary museum and art gallery featuring local and Highland history.
The Jacobites made their final stand here, in a brutal battle in 1746, when they gathered under Bonnie Prince Charlie to fight King George II’s troops. They sought to restore the Stuart Monarchy to the British throne, but over 1,000 of them were slain, putting an end to the uprising. The Culloden Visitor Center features artefacts from the battle and interactive displays explaining the conflict.
This large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is approximately 23 miles long and forms part of the Caledonian Canal. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 21.8 square miles after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as “Nessie”.
The Isle of Skye
The largest and most northerly island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is dominated by the Cuillin Hills and is often referred to as the “Misty Isle”. Skye, with its dramatic and beautiful landscape, is connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge.