Scottish Highlands

41°
36° - January
39° - February
47° - March
59° - April
69° - May
78° - June
82° - July
81° - August
74° - September
63° - October
52° - November
41° - December
Dec avg
$223
Avg Hotel
$926
Est. Airfare

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Description

Do not let the kilts fool you into thinking that the Scottish are wimps. Because that kilt is NOT a skirt, my friend, and that Scot is anything but a wimp. One glance at Scotland's Scottish Highlands proves how rugged and strong Scotland is. Scottish Highlands offers unpopulated countryside, mountain ranges, and white sand beaches. It is outdoor adventure in its purest form. After a few days in the Highlands, you may just forget the modern world. When the most developed land is an ancient castle, you may have a hard time readjusting to real life again once you leave. The Highlands region's largest city is Inverness and consists of several counties, or shires, including Aberdeen, Angus, Argyll, Moray, Perth and Stirling.
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The Paradise

09/30/13
The popular image of Scotland for most travellers, centers on the High Lands, which is a wonderfully diverse land composed by mountains, lakes, cliffs, farms, castles, etc.

If you are looking for some place where you can really contemplate the nature and relax, then the Highlands in Scotland is the place you should go.

Here are some places I suggest you to visit:

- Inverness
- Loch Ness
- The Urquhart castle
- The Eilean Doman castle
- The Isle of Skye (Lethallt, Kilt Rock, Skye Bridge, Duntulm, etc).
- The Dunrobin castle (there is a fantastic falconry exhibition)
- The Gospie city

Ps. Rent a car and drive through the A87 and A9 roads. The landscape is amazing! There is no best place to take wonderful pictures!

Deyvison

Dramatic Landscapes of Moor and Mountain

09/24/13
There was something about the Scottish highlands that speaks to the soul, that makes you feel at home immediately even if your ancestors never feuded with each other over castles, cattle or land. Legends abound through the lush landscapes making you believe you can still hear the faint clang of swords clashing, banners waving and burly warriors going about their days in kilts and plaids. Just be careful when you explore this magical place because it might spoil you for the rest of your adventure.

We traveled up through the lowlands, staying at Arden (Near Balloch) in a manor house overlooking Loch Lomand, an idyllic setting for a romantic encounter or a peaceful moment of reflection. From there we headed farther north stopping in Kyle of Lochalsh to see the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, the iconic image of Scotland. I remember sitting on the stone wall, the blue sky stretching out over the horizon as I look over the sun washed water surrounding the majestic keep letting my mind imagine fantastical battles played out in the very place I sat. Our adventure continued further into the highlands with run ins with shaggy highland cattle (think really harry cows) friendly people with thick burrs and big smiles and many more castles dotting the landscapes.

With its dramatic views, friendly faces and rich culture, Scotland is a land not to be missed.
Sheerah

MUST DO

09/23/13
Amazing region to visit.
Cis

If You're Running Short on Time

08/22/13
If the clock is ticking and you are desperate to see the highlands, I highly recommend taking a Highland Tour out of one of the bigger cities such as Edinburgh or Glasgow. The tour guides are hilarious and make learning about the history of Scotland fun and interesting, plus you get to see so much in just a day or two. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, see Stirling and the Wallace Monument, see or take the steam train from Fort William, crossing the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies, and of course see Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, where Nessie will be waiting! Of course there are so many other great things to do in the Highlands, go hiking, skiing, or stay in some amazing B&B's!
Kaitlyn

Skiing and Snowboarding

Cairngorm Mountain is a great place to ski or snowboard in the winter! Enjoy fast, exhilarating trails or take the easier routes for beginners.
Cost: Varies. There are many package options for multiple days.
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White Water Rafting

Taking a trip in the summer and need some adventure? This is just the thing for you! There are different grades of rapids to choose from and expert guides that will lead you safely down the river. Many packages offered for other activities as well if you are hungry for more!
Cost: 50 pounds and up
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Steall Waterfall

Take a 2 mile hike near these incredible falls where you will also enjoy streams and beautiful plants. A perfect aesthetic experience you shouldn't miss!
Cost: Free
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Planning Tip

The Highlands region's largest city is Inverness and consists of several counties, or shires, including Aberdeen, Angus, Argyll, Moray, Perth and Stirling.

Language

English

Currency

[GBP] British Pounds

Airports

Turnhouse Airport [EDI]