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Scottish Highlands Holiday Guide

The Highlands is a region synonymous with drama and romance because of its sprawling unbridled landscape, which incorporates soaring Munros and mountains, jewel-blue lochs that reflect the sky, emerald forests and majestic wildlife. The Scottish Highlands is integral to Scotland’s identity as a nation, and its vast expanse across the north of the UK offers activities and adventure for people from every walk of life.

Where are the Highlands?

The Highlands make up a large area of Scotland, and they don't have definitive boundary lines. Traditionally, the boundary was considered to run horizontally from Helensburgh to Stonehaven, but it is now accepted that parts of Morayshire, Nairnshire, Banffshire, the Hebrides and Aberdeenshire are also considered to be part of the Highlands.

What to Do and Where to Stay in the Highlands

There is so much to explore in this part of Scotland, and where you stay depends on what you want to get out of your trip. For climbers and adventure seekers, Fort William offers access to some of the largest Munros in the UK, including the famous highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Walkers, hikers, bikers, skiiers and trekkers will find a home in the Cairngorms National Park.

Keen kayakers, swimmers, and water sports fans can enjoy plenty of lochs in the region, including Loch Morlich. With locations like Aviemore, Inverness, Fort William and Glencoe all offering spa hotels, sleek boutiques, comfy B&Bs and traditional inns, you can set your worries aside, and your head to rest, by finding accommodation that suits you using Expedia’s handy search tool. Inverness boasts a lively city centre and it is popular with holidaymakers thanks to its close proximity to Loch Ness, where you can search out Nessie and take a tour of the fantastic Urquhart Castle.

Exploring the Isle of Skye

Head to Kyle of Lochalsh, and cross the bridge to the famed Isle of Skye to see the fairy pools, eat freshly caught seafood, explore the Old Man of Stoer and stroll the streets of Portree. This island offers opportunities for Munro baggers to take in a few peaks among the Cuillin too.

Whisky Trails, Golf and the North Sea

On the eastern side of the Highlands past Inverness and the legend of Loch Ness is Moray Speyside, where the Coastal Trail is almost as famed as the Malt Whiskey Trail. See the spectacular north eastern coastline of Scotland where unexpectedly sandy beaches are sheltered by rock outcroppings. Cliffs and tide pools welcome in marine and bird life that will have you reaching for your binoculars.

If you’d rather savour the smooth malts Scotland is famous for, visit a few renowned distilleries like Glenlivet, Glen Moray, Glenfidditch and Strathisla, where you can taste centuries of knowledge in these perfected brews.

The Highlands are where Scottish songs are sung, tales are told and legends are made. Travelling to this magical part of Scotland will leave an indelible mark on your life, so start planning your journey to the Scottish Highlands with Expedia today.


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Isles Of Glencoe Hotel £64
Isles Of Glencoe Hotel

Isles Of Glencoe Hotel

Glencoe, Ballachulish
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 207 reviews
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    Situated in Ballachulish, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Glen Coe Visitor Centre, The Ice Factor and Atlas Brewery. Buchaille Etive Mor is 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away.

    Uig Lodge £88
    Uig Lodge

    Uig Lodge

    Uig, Portree
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 309 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Portree, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Flora Macdonald's Grave, Skye Museum of Island Life and Quiraing. Duntulm Castle and Kilt Rock are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Givendale Guest House £50
      Givendale Guest House

      Givendale Guest House

      Heron Place, Portree
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 137 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Portree, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Old Man of Storr and Skye Riding Centre are also within 12 miles (20 km).

        Kingsmills Hotel Inverness £92
        Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

        Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

        Culcabock Road, Inverness
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 709 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Inverness hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bellfield Park and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Inverness Castle and Inverness Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Hilton Coylumbridge £86
          Hilton Coylumbridge

          Hilton Coylumbridge

          Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 827 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Loch an Eilein are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Uig Hotel £100
            Uig Hotel

            Uig Hotel

            Uig, Portree
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 502 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Portree, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Flora Macdonald's Grave, Skye Museum of Island Life and Quiraing. Duntulm Castle and Kilt Rock are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel £79
              Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

              Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

              20 Ness Bank, Inverness
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 505 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Inverness, this hotel is steps away from Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Bellfield Park and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

                Mansefield House £58
                Mansefield House

                Mansefield House

                Corpach, Fort William
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 253 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Neptune's Staircase and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Ben Nevis Distillery. West Highland Museum and Aonach Mor Ski Resort are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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