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Highlands and Islands

This area of Scotland includes the Highlands, Orkney Islands, Shetland and Western Isles.

Deer in the Highlands
Deer in the Highlands - oil on canvas by D.L. Benney

Most of the iconic photographs of Scotland, such as romantic loch-side castles, tartan, kilts, bagpipes, whisky and craggy mountain vistas originate from the Scottish Highlands. Whilst these images enrich the popular picture of Scotland as a whole, for many centuries the local cattle-raising Celtic clans had little in common with their southern neighbours. It was not until the arrival or the West Highland Railway, in the late 19th century, that the Highlands really opened up.

To the north-west of Stirling lie the magnificent mountains and glens that form the gateway to the Highlands.

County Town:

Inverness - distance from London: 560 miles (901 km)

Nearest Airport:


Major Roads:

A9, A96, A82, A86, A87

Highest point:

Ben Nevis 4,409 ft (1,344 m)

Places to Visit in the Highlands

North Highlands: Attadale Gardens | Assynt | Beinn Eighe | Caithness Horizons | Clan Gunn | Clynelish Distillery | Dalmore Distillery | Dingwall Museum | Dunrobin Castle | Gairloch Museum | Glen Ord Distillery | Museum of Childhood | Historylinks | Inverewe Gardens | Loch Ewe Distillery | Castle of Mey | Timespan Museum | Ullapool Museum

South Highlands: Ardnamurchan Lighthouse | Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre | Clan Cameron Museum | Glencoe Folk Museum | Glenfinnan Monument | Glencoe Visitor Centre | Glen Nevis Visitor Centre | Land Sea & Island Centre | Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery | Mallaig Heritage Centre | Nevis Gondola | The Sunart Centre | Treasures of The Earth | West Highland Museum

Towns and Villages in the Highlands and Islands

Highlands: Fort William, Invergarry, Inverness, Isle of Skye, John o'Groats .

Orkney Islands: Kirkwall, Sromness .

Shetland Islands: Baltasound, Lerwick, Scalloway .

Western Isles: Stornaway.

Map of the Scottish Highlands

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