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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, Cairngorm National Park:

A haven for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike, it’s no surprise that Glenmore translates from the Gaelic as the ’big glen’.

Year-round, Cairngorm National Park:

Perched on the edge of the Cairngorm plateau, twisted and gnarled pines mark your passage from peaceful pinewood to exposed mountain as you explore this Reserve.

Year-round, Moray:

A remote and unspoilt reserve where you can truly get away from it all.

Year-round, Highlands:

This beautiful steep-sided wooded glen, with its fast stream and gleaming waterfalls, is an oasis of calm.

Year-round, Highlands:

Peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat.

Year-round, Fort William & Lochaber:

Here on the shore of Loch Sunart, on the rugged Ardnamurchan peninsula, wood warblers nest in the spring, along with redstarts, spotted flycatchers and common woodland birds.

Year-round, Northern Highlands

Nigg Bay is an extensive area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth.

Year-round, Cairngorms:

Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve is one of the most important wetlands in Europe.

Year-round, Cairngorms

When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pinewood is where they chose to come.

Year-round, Inverness-shire:

Ruthven is a beautiful, tranquil loch, fringed by sedges and birch woods.


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