Visiting the Highlands of Scotland
The Scottish Highlands are a dazzling force of nature that has to be seen to be believed. The setting of numerous Hollywood blockbusters, the Highlands, offers daring explorers the chance to escape the bustle of city life and reconnect with raw, rural beauty.
Why the Scottish Highlands?
From breathtaking scenery to tranquil spaces teeming with wildlife, the Scottish Highlands provides a truly unique opportunity for nature enthusiasts to escape to a beautiful wilderness untouched by time.
For nature lovers, the Scottish Highlands are an essential visit that offers the experience of a lifetime.
Isle of Skye
Famed for its dramatic landscapes, Skye is a treasure trove of natural wonders and historic treasures. The towering Cuillins dominate the skyline, and the Trotternish peninsula is home to weird rock formations, including Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr.
Portree is the main town on the island, which is set around a picturesque harbour.
Follow the famous North Coast 500 route to experience epic scenery and spectacular coastal panoramas. Uncover fairytale castles and visit quaint fishing villages built during the herring boom of the early 1900s. At John O’Groats pose for a souvenir selfie at Britain’s most northerly village.
History and tradition are reflected in countless castles and numerous whisky distilleries where visitors can enjoy a unique taste of Scotland. And the Highlands have their own language – Gaelic- which can be appreciated in songs, storytelling and traditional music.
For the nature lover, the Highlands offer unparalleled opportunities for mountaineering, hillwalking, sailing and birdwatching. Discover ospreys, eagles, grouse and capercaillie as well as reindeer, dolphins and otters.
Scottish Rail Tours will show you the very best of the Highlands in the company of a local guide. As expert storytellers, they bring Scotland’s history to life with enthusiasm and passion. You’ll see all the main sights, of course, but with local knowledge, they will take you to hidden gems that only a local would know about.
Scottish Highland Attractions
Loch Ness – take to the water on a monster-spotting cruise to see the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle
Glen Coe – famous as “The Glen of Weeping”, the beauty of this impressive valley will simply take your breath away.
Jacobite Steam Train – take one of the World’s great rail trips on the West Highland Line aboard the real Hogwarts Express
Oban – discover how this attractive Victorian seaside town has become the seafood capital of Scotland and Gateway to the Isles
Cairngorms National Park – The wilderness of the Cairngorm Mountains stretches for over 2,000 square miles and is famed for its scenic beauty and wildlife
Fort William – explore this bustling town that sits on the banks of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain