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Your guide to The Highlands

The Highlands at a glance:

  • Exciting countryside, with some of the best natural views in Europe.
  • Famous as the home of some of the world’s top golf courses.
  • Location of the Malt Whisky Trail, with numerous renowned distilleries.
  • Land of the Cairngorms National Park, with thrilling snow sports available.
  • Friendly towns and villages steeped in history.

Your guide to the Highlands

Visit the Highlands for incredible scenery, jaw-dropping landscapes, delicious fresh food and a warm Scottish welcome. This breathtaking region of Scotland is home to serene lochs, atmospheric castles and an air of mystery that has been imprinted from its turbulent history.

Majestic mountain ranges, rugged countryside, scenic coastline and idyllic islands make up the rich and varied landscape, offering holidaymakers a picture-perfect setting in which they can relax, unwind and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty.

With its majestic mountains, tranquil lochs and rugged terrain, the Highlands may seem rather empty and wild to those who have never visited the area. Whilst there are certainly fewer people here, the inhabitants of this beautiful region are warm, welcoming and hospitable, and there is so much to see and experience that one visit is never enough.

The landscape here is unmatchable, with snow-capped mountains towering over still bodies of water and fiery autumnal heather lighting up the valleys as the sun sets. This incredible setting, peppered with historic houses, ruined castles and cosy bothies, has an aura of magic and mystery that loyal visitors are drawn to, year after year.

Find your way to Loch Ness, perhaps the most famous Loch in the world, and discover the legend of Nessie at the Loch Ness visitor centre. Take a gentle cycle around the edge of the Loch along the Great Glen Way, or explore the ruins of Urquhart castle which reveal more than 1,000 years of stirring history filled with conflict and struggle. With castles and abbeys, cairns and brochs, historic houses and symbolic stones, this region is steeped in history with fascinating stories to unravel at every turn.

The Highlands are well known for their hospitality with the locals happy to share the rich bounties of their beautiful land. From delicious, freshly cooked food and award-winning local whisky, to dancing, songs and laughter in the local inns, you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive at this stunning location. Enjoy a wee dram at your hotel, venture out and explore the different flavours that are produced at each Highland distillery or book a nosing and tasting with an expert guide to explain the sheer craftsmanship that goes into every drop.

The Highlands are perhaps less known for their coastline, but with thousands of miles of varied and dramatic terrain to explore, no visit is complete without exploring this enticing natural playground. From peaceful secluded beaches to startling cliffs falling away to the churning ocean, no two spots are the same. The waters around the coast are teaming with wildlife so that even the most secluded spot may be shared with dolphins, orcas, seals or otters that can be seen flitting around the shoreline.

You can also venture inland and discover Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. This is a city that has seen great transformation over the years and is now home to some exquisite eateries, a bustling Victorian Market, a range of fascinating art exhibitions and a regular programme of events. Wander through the impressive cathedral, soak up the atmosphere of grand Inverness Castle or simply take a stroll along the banks of River Ness and visit the group of islands in the middle of the River, which is connected by Victorian suspension bridges.

In the evening, you’ll find there’s always an excuse for a ceilidh, and as the fiddle starts to play, there will always be locals eager to teach you the steps. There are old inns, cottage bars and traditional alehouses aplenty, so you’ll find plenty of Scottish hospitality wherever you go with a generous helping of camaraderie.

For the perfect base during your stay, choose a Bay hotel where you'll find a warm welcome awaits you. Close to some of the region’s best locations, our hotels offer clean and comfortable accommodation with great food, friendly service and excellent value for money.

 
 
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Local Attractions

Loch Ness

A visit to this stunning loch is a must, and not simply to satisfy yourself of the existence (or otherwise) of its most famous inhabitant, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. This truly impressive loch stretches out more than 23 miles and is over 700 feet deep in places. The Loch Ness Visitor Centre and Exhibition is at Drumnadrochit, together with the light-hearted Nessieland where you can hop on a cruise and explore more of the tranquil waters. Bus tours also run from the area and provide a great way to take in more of the local landscape with a knowledgeable guide on hand to answer your questions.

Eilean Donan Castle

Journey through history and time at this iconic castle which stands on an island surrounded by sweeping scenery. The site has seen several versions of the castle built through the ages, as a result of conflict and battle; the most recent being a Jacobite uprising in 1719. The island and ruins of the castle were purchased in 1911 and reopened once more after 20 years of restoration.

Highland Folk Museum

The award-winning highland folk museum offers its guests a glimpse into the way that Highland people once worked and lived, from the 1700s through to the swinging sixties. More than 30 historical buildings, either built from scratch or lovingly restored, show life as it would have been in each of the respective time periods. The site also incorporates a gift shop, a café serving fresh soup, sandwiches and cakes, and a caterpod serving drinks and ice creams.

Fort George

After the bloody defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746, King George II built this fort as a defence against further Jacobite attacks. An impressive collection of buildings, defences and arms provide guests with a glimpse of what military life was like in the 18th century.

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