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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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Dornoch Hotel

Dornoch Hotel

Grange Road, Dornoch
of 5, from 75 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dornoch, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Dornoch Cathedral. Skibo Castle and Glenmorangie Distillery are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hilton Coylumbridge

Hilton Coylumbridge

Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore
of 5, from 271 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 mi (5 km).

Jurys Inn Inverness

Jurys Inn Inverness

Millburn Road, Inverness
of 5, from 97 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Inverness, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Caledonian Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

7 Ness Walk, Inverness
of 5, from 218 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

pentahotel Inverness

pentahotel Inverness

63 Academy Street, Inverness
of 5, from 174 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Inverness, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Eastgate Shopping Centre. Inverness Cathedral and Inverness Castle are also within 15 minutes.

Cruachan Hotel

Cruachan Hotel

Achintore Road, Fort William
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Highland Museum and Steall Waterfall. Ben Nevis Distillery is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) away.

Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel

Traill Street, Thurso
of 5, from 76 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Thurso, this hotel is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Dunnet Bay Beach and within 16 mi (25 km) of Dunnet Head Lighthouse and Castle of Mey. Grey Cairn Camsters and Pulteney Distillery are also within 25 mi (40 km).

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel

Bank Street, Portree
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Portree, this hotel is steps from Portree Harbour and Somerled Square. Coire Lagan is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

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