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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, Northern Highlands:

Loch Maree is often referred to as the most beautiful loch in the Highlands.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

Beinn Eighe was Britain’s first National Nature Reserve.

Year-round, The Highlands:

Featuring native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland, Glen Affric is a magical place to visit and has been described as ’the most beautiful glen in Scotland’.

Year-round, ;The Highlands:

Lying within the Cairngorms National Park and a short stroll away from the centre of Aviemore, Craigellachie is important for the mature birch woodland that clothe its lower slopes and for its distinctive crag that rises to some 500 metres above sea level.

Year-round, The Highlands:

A mosaic of ancient Caledonian pinewood, moorland, bog and mountain plateau, Abernethy is home to some of Scotland’s most spectacular wildlife.

Year-round, Inverness-shire:

Located on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, Creag Meagaidh feels like the Highlands compressed into one nature reserve.

Year-round, Highlands & Skye:

One of Scotland’s finest nature reserves, Rum is of international importance for many of its plants, habitats and birds.

Year-round, Fort William and Lochaber:

A spectacular example of a landscape formed in the last ice age.

Year-round, Fort William:

This peaceful woodland is a rare surviving fragment of the native oakwoods that once spread along the Atlantic coast.

Year-round, Northern Highlands:

Set in the remote open landscape of Caithness and Sutherland, The Flows is a breathtaking expanse of bog that blankets the land.


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