Easily comparable to any other region of the world, the Highlands are the home to some of Scotland’s and most stunning scenery. It contains many places of solitude, which are perfect to relax and unwind from the trials and tribulations of everyday life
Eilean Donan Castle
- Situated on an island on the junction of Loch Duich and Loch Alsh, Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most stunning and probably the photographed castles in Scotland. The site was first inhabited in the 6th Century and the first fortified castle was built in the 13th century and has had a storied past. All but destroyed and left to ruin by the Jacobites in 1719, the building was left in desperate need of repair for nearly 200 years before Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. The castle has been open to the public since 1932 and has since gone on to star in Hollywood blockbusters Made of Honour and James Bond: The World is Not Enough.
- OVERLOOKING THE RIVER Ness the castle, which dates back to the 16th century, provides some of the city’s most spectacular views. The Castle Viewpoint situated on the very top of the building provides 360 degree views of the capital of the highlands and beyond and narrated tour allows visitors to learn about some of the most famous sights on view. You’ll learn about the castle itself, some of the most intriguing myths and legends associated with the region and, of course, Nessie the famous Loch Ness Monster
Rannoch & Glen Coe
- SOME OF THE most stunning views in Scotland can be had in this one glen. The journey across the vast and bleak Rannoch moor – often called “the UK’s last wilderness” – to the dramatic glen is one of the most incredible you can ever make. As well as the stunning views, the area boasts an incredible amount of wildlife and regardless of the time of year, whether on top of a mountain or deep in the glen. The National Trust for Scotland’s visitor centre at the west end of the glen commemorates the infamous Massacre of Glencoe of 1692 and is well worth the visit.
Applecross Photographic Gallery
- THE STUNNING BACKDROP of Rasaay, Scalpay and the Cuillin of Skye provides a perfect spot for one of the smallest galleries in Scotland. Exhibiting a small selection of photos by local photographer Jack Marris in the former telephone exchange building, the photos on display are as amazing as the surrounding scenery. Offering free coffee, it is the perfect pit stop for passers-by who are taking in the area by foot or bike. It is approximately 2k (1.5 miles) south of the famous Applecross Inn, which is the perfect place to fill up before visiting the quaint gallery. Applecross, Strathcarron, IV54 8LU.
Boat Of Garten
- A TINY VILLAGE in Strathspey, Boat of Garten finds itself in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. It’s location means it’s perfect to set up and explore the Highlands. The Strathspey Railway Steam Train connects the village with Aviemore and Nethybridge and is worth a jaunt on the train to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Station Square provides visitors with a slice of the village’s culture, where a host of sculptures can be seen.
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