Known all around the world simply as The Highlands, the Scottish Highlands are the part of the country that cover the north of Scotland and are widely regarded as one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world.
Sparsely inhabited except for – and because of – a vast array of stunning mountains, lochs and glens, the Scottish Highlands may not be the perfect destination for someone looking for the hustle and bustle of hectic city life, but if tranquility, beauty and breathtaking moments are your thing, The Highlands will suit you perfectly.
Covering around half of Scotland, the Scottish Highlands offer more sights of interest than anyone could sample in even numerous visits. Here we take a look at three must see parts of the Scottish Highlands.
Ben Nevis, Scotland
At 4,409 feet high, Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the whole of the United Kingdom and is just as awe-inspiring to look at it as it is to look out from when you’re standing at the top.
Although the mountain obviously provides unrivalled views of the surrounding area for many miles, one of its main attractions is the popular Pony Track, a carefully built path which allows for a relatively straightforward climb up the mountain.
Of course, if you’re looking for more of a challenge, don’t worry – the north facing side of the mountain has rock climbing ascents for all abilities.
One of two obvious choices on this list, Ben Nevis may be popular the world round, but if you’re visiting The Highlands, a trip to at least the base of the mountain needs to be on your list.
Loch Ness Lake, Scotland
As with Ben Nevis, no trip to the Scottish Highlands would be complete without a visit to possibly the most famous area of water on earth and the second obvious choice on this list, Loch Ness.
Stretching for a staggering 685 square miles, it is reported that a ‘monster’ lives in Loch Ness and the area has long been extremely popular with tourists and Scots alike, all wanting to get a glimpse of the famous ‘Loch Ness Monster’.
If monster hunting isn’t your thing, take a trip to the west of Loch Ness and sample Urquhart Castle. Although it stands in ruins today, you can get a true understanding of why the castle was so integral – and how large it was – for Scotland during medieval times.
Fort George, Scotland
Whilst there are numerous fantastic mountains and lochs to see in The Highlands, for something a little different, try Fort George in Inverness, a fortress built in the 17th century that today still looks almost exactly as it would have done over 250 years ago.
Created in a star formation to allow for repelling attacks from every angle, the fort is open to the public and although still in service as a garrison, it will provide young and old alike with a glorious insight into historical wars when a proper defence was arguably more important than a forward attack.
As they cover such a vast amount of space, the Scottish Highlands are a part of the world that almost anyone can visit and enjoy. It’s just a matter of working out which of the many sights and attractions you want to see first.
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Matthew Bettoli writes for Cottages and Castles, who can provide beautiful Scottish Highlands holiday cottages when you next visit Scotland.