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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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Hilton Coylumbridge

Hilton Coylumbridge

Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore
3.9
of 5, from 790 reviews
4.5 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).

£41
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

7 Ness Walk, Inverness
3.6
of 5, from 685 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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

£47
Mercure Inverness Hotel

Mercure Inverness Hotel

Church Street, Inverness
3.5
of 5, from 367 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Inverness, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Cathedral. Inverness Castle and Eden Court Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

£62
Uig Lodge

Uig Lodge

Uig, Portree
4.2
of 5, from 296 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Uig, 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).

£41
pentahotel Inverness

pentahotel Inverness

63 Academy Street, Inverness
3.9
of 5, from 602 reviews
4.5 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.

£67
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

Culcabock Road, Inverness
4.5
of 5, from 677 reviews
4.5 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).

£104
RiverBeds Lodges with Hot Tubs

RiverBeds Lodges with Hot Tubs

Dragon's Tooth Estate, Ballachulish
4.6
of 5, from 36 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this lodge is within 12 miles (20 km) of Glen Coe Visitor Centre, The Ice Factor and Atlas Brewery. Buchaille Etive Mor and Castle Stalker are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£52
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

8 Ness Walk, Inverness
3.9
of 5, from 133 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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

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