Whether you want to meet Nessie, marvel at the natural beauty, visit battlegrounds and historic castles, or explore your ancestral roots, the Highlands of Scotland is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Scotland’s rich heritage and Gaelic culture and overwhelm your senses.
Walking breaks in Scotland
The breathtaking landscape of the Scottish Highlands is the ideal setting for a walking holiday. There is no better way to relax than breathing in the crisp Highland air and enjoying unrivalled scenery. Whether you prefer the pace of a gentle country stroll, or trekking through challenging majestic mountains, the Scottish Highlands have it all. You don’t have to be experienced to enjoy sections of the Great Glen Way, the West Highland Way, and the Cateran Trail. Walking along these trails allows you to enjoy the diverse landscape and exquisite Scottish scenery at your own pace.
There are also plenty of shorter trails that only take a couple of hours to complete and are an excellent way to spend a morning. For something out of the ordinary you can do the 10-mile Marwick Head circular walk. The walk takes you along the spectacular seabird cliffs of Marwick Head in Orkney, past Kitchener Memorial and the Earl’s Palace.
Take some time out to enjoy sights and sounds of the peaceful Lochs that are scattered throughout the region and provide the perfect opportunity for salmon and fly-fishing, as well as kayaking and river cruising. Just remember, if you want to fish you may need a permit, which are easy to obtain. You can find out more details from the tourist office in the nearest town.
History and mystery of the Highlands
The Highlands have a fascinating history and are brimming with crumbling castles and monuments that pay homage to Scottish heroes like William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. If you’re a history buff then don’t miss Wallace Monument in Stirling, where you can learn something about the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland. Other attractions that will capture the imagination of anybody with an interest in history or architecture are Stirling Castle, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, Urquhart Castle, Inveraray Castle in the west, and Dunkeld Cathedral.
If you want to explore your ancestral roots a great resource is AncestralScotland.com, where you can learn more about your Scottish ancestry and plan a Scottish holiday itinerary that is best suited to your clan history.
Of course no holiday to the Highlands would be complete without taking some time to visit Loch Ness and the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness is located southwest of Inverness, which is an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands.
Satisfy your taste buds
One of the most famous products to come out of Scotland is whisky. Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail will take you to some of the country’s most famous distilleries and give you an interesting look at history of the Highlands favourite tipple.
The Highland Food and Drink Festival is celebrated every autumn and offers visitors the very best of Highland hospitality and gastronomy. You’ll get to sample dishes like Haggis, Forfar bridie and Clootie dumplings.
The Highland Games are also a great way to experience the best of Scottish delicacies, while enjoying Scottish athletics and entertainment that includes bagpipes and traditional Scottish dancing.
Choosing a holiday rental in the Scottish Highlands provides you with the opportunity to experience the best of Gaelic culture, magnificent scenery and the chance to spend some quality time with someone special.