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What’s on Inverness, the Highlands and Skye

Breathtaking natural beauty is synonymous with the Highlands and Skye. With its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glens, glittering lochs and vast stretches of coastline, the area is perfect for people who love the great outdoors. Whether you’re into climbing, cycling, sailing, walking, watersports or wildlife, or simply looking for a bit of peace and quiet amid dramatic scenery, Highlands and Skye has something for you. Culture and heritage is important here, too. Highland games and highland dancing are celebrated in gatherings held all over the region during the summer months, and a huge variety of music and arts events are held throughout the year. So, with never a shortage of things to do and see, make sure you put the Highlands and Skye at the top of your list of places to visit in Scotland.

regional highlights

Year-round, Highlands:

Glencoe is nationally important for its landscape, wildlife, history and geology and as a tourist destination.

Year-round, Highlands:

Standing on an isolated spit of land jutting out into the Moray Firth, this vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746) and took some 20 years to complete.

Year-round, Inverness:

Located in the heart of Inverness, the mueum’s collection contains a huge range of material representing the diverse culture and history of Inverness and the Highlands.

Year-round, Cairngorms:

The wildlife park is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

One of the world’s greatest gardens, Inverewe Garden is built on a craggy hillside with a majestic setting on the water’s edge of Loch Ewe.

Year-round, Isle of Skye:

Circular in form and originally rising to more than 13 metres, Brochs date back to the last centuries BC and first centuries AD.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

A ruined castle dating from the sixteenth century.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve is part of the North West Highlands Geopark, inaugurated in 2004 and part of the International Network of Geoparks.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

Loch Fleet is a large tidal basin with sand dunes, coastal heath and pinewoods lying just off the A9 between Dornoch and Golspie (three miles).

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

Corrieshalloch Gorge was formed at the end of the last ice age due to rapid erosion caused by meltwater.


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