The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Applecross

    Scenic Drive

    The most exciting way to reach this small community facing Skye is by a twisting, turning coastal road, which leaves the A896 just a few miles...Read More

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  • 2. Assynt and Coigach

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    To the east and south of Lochinver, on the way to Ullapool, lies a different kind of landscape: a vast region of brooding mountains and languid...Read More

  • 3. Calanais Standing Stones

    Ruins

    The west coast of Lewis is rich in prehistoric sites, and the most famous of these is the Calanais Standing Stones. Believed to have been positioned...Read More

  • 4. Castle Varrich

    Castle/Palace

    Standing on a high rocky outcrop, overlooking both the town and the Kyle of Tongue, Castle Varrich (or Bharrich) was built by Clan Mackay in...Read More

  • 5. Coldbackie Beach

    Beach

    This windswept bay, 3 miles north of Tongue, is a well-kept secret, offering powder-white sands, spectacular island views, and perfect peace...Read More

  • 6. Drumbeg Loop

    Scenic Drive

    Bold souls journeying from Kylesku to Lochinver may enjoy taking the interesting single-track B869 Drumbeg Loop. It has several challenging...Read More

  • 7. Eilean Donan Castle

    Castle/Palace

    Guarding the confluence of lochs Long, Alsh, and Duich stands the most picturesque of all Scottish fortifications. Eilean Donan Castle, perched...Read More

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  • 8. Fairy Glen

    Nature Sight

    What was once a hidden gem has now become just another stop on the ever-expanding Skye tourist trail. Still, come early or late to avoid the...Read More

  • 9. Fairy Pools

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the most magical sights in Scotland, the Fairy Pools are a spectacularly beautiful collection of waterfalls and plunge pools in the midst...Read More

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  • 10. Glen Torridon

    Viewpoint

    The scenic spectacle of Glen Torridon lies east of Shieldaig; if you're following the A896 from Kinlochewe to Shieldaig, you pass right through...Read More

  • 11. Glenmorangie Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The light color and delicate floral taste of the Speyside whiskies is exemplified in Glenmorangie, one of the best known of the Highland whiskies...Read More

  • 12. Handa Island

    Island

    Just off the coast of Scourie is Handa Island, a bird sanctuary that shelters huge seabird colonies, especially impressive at nesting time....Read More

  • 13. Inverewe Garden

    Garden

    A highlight of the area, Inverewe Garden has lush plantings tucked away behind a dense barrier of trees and shrubs. This is all thanks to the...Read More

  • 14. Isle of Harris Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Opened in 2015, this island distillery rapidly gained a reputation for its distinctive gin, infused with coastal botanicals including sugar...Read More

  • 15. Loch Maree

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Southeast of Gairloch stretches one of Scotland's most scenic lochs, Loch Maree. Its harmonious setting, with tall Scots pines and the mountain...Read More

  • 16. Misty Isle Boat Trips

    Tour–Sight

    For fantastic views of the Cuillin Mountains and the Inner Hebrides, book a place on one of the Misty Isle Boat Trips. The expansive scenery...Read More

  • 17. Pulteney Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Unusually for a distillery, Pulteney is situated very close to the town center, and it has been for almost 200 years. The spirit produced here...Read More

  • 18. Quiraing

    Nature Sight

    A spectacular geological formation of rocky crags and towering stacks, Quiraing dominates the horizon of the Trotternish Peninsula. It is situated...Read More

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  • 19. Sandwood Bay

    Beach

    The very definition of off the beaten path , Sandwood Bay is one of Scotland's most spectacular—and most isolated—beaches. The only way to...Read More

  • 20. Smoo Cave

    Cave

    This atmospheric cavern, hollowed out of the limestone by rushing water, feels like something out of a fantasy novel. The combined sea-and-freshwater...Read More

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