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Pocket Guide: Scottish Highlands

A trip to the Scottish Highlands is a great opportunity to discover the famous idyllic culture and landscape of Scotland, which has spawned some of the country’s most famous writers and thinkers, including Nan Shepherd and James Boswell, all of whom were inspired by the scenic beauty and rich history of this unique land. From the vibrant city of Inverness, which sits on the shores of the world famous Loch Ness, and the remote mountain-tops of the Cairngorms, to the coastal brink of Cape Wrath and fishing towns of Ullapool and Oban, visitors will be lost for words when they encounter the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

The City of Inverness and Loch Ness

Sitting on the banks of the River Ness, the city of Inverness is home to a number of historic buildings, including its famous pink castle, which crowns the town. The city features a number of historic buildings located in the Old Town, as well as a Victorian Market that houses vintage stores and flower shops, and a number of cafés and eateries. If you’re looking to learn a little about the history of the Highlands, then be sure to make a visit to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on Castle Wynd. Visitors can use Expedia’s search tool to find a variety of accommodation in Inverness, from bed & breakfasts to five star hotels, all of which will serve as great bases to begin your Highland adventure.

The West Coast of the Highlands

The west coast of the Scottish Highlands is replete with quaint fishing and harbour towns, the vast panoramic vistas of the Hebrides, and roads that roll and wind over hills and around lochs, making it the perfect region to tour through via car or bicycle.

Oban is the southern most town on the Highlands’ west coast, and is a fishing and ferry village that features harbour side seafood eateries, the Oban Distillery, McCaig’s Tower on Battery Hill, as well as the historic Dunstaffnage Castle a few miles to the north. Holidaymakers can also take ferries from Oban to a variety of coastal and Hebridean destinations.

Continuing north from Oban you’ll soon discover Fort William, the “outdoor capital of Scotland”, lying in the shadow of the famous Ben Nevis, the country’s tallest peak. The region is an ultimate playground for outdoor enthusiasts, but for those looking for something a little more tranquil there are also scenic Highland railway trips on the Jacobite steam engine.

Sightsee in Moray Firth

On the Highlands’ coast and east of Inverness you’ll discover the Moray Firth, well known for its resident species of bottlenose dolphins who leap through the air just off the shoreline. The rich diversity of the North Sea makes this estuary the perfect place for a beach stay and marine exploration.

Find hotels in one of Scotland’s premier beach destinations, Nairn, which sits on the southern banks of the Moray Firth. With its long stretches of golden sand, quaint town square, and two golf courses, this town can provide all you need for a relaxing getaway.

On the northern tip of the Moray Firth you will discover the town of Wick, a former Viking settlement that provides stunning North Sea vistas and is home to two historic castles, each of which sit on a slim promontory above the crashing waves.

Be sure to book your Scottish Highland holiday, and find hotels to suit your trip, so you can enjoy this wild and dramatic country , that you’ll not soon forget