The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Eilean Donan Castle

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

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  • 2. Fairy Pools

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

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  • 3. The Quiraing

    A spectacular geological formation of rocky crags and towering stacks, Quiraing dominates the horizon of the Trotternish Peninsula. It's about 5 miles beyond Kilt Rock,...Read More

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  • 4. Torabhaig Distillery

    Opened in 2017 as Skye's second-ever licensed distillery, Torabhaig debuted its single malt four years later. And just like those from Skye's first distillery, Talisker,...Read More

  • 5. Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

    As the name suggests, this attraction has three distinct strings to its bow: a romantic, ruined castle; a lush, flower-filled estate; and a fascinating museum...Read More

  • 6. Aros

    On the outskirts of town, Aros is a community center that screens films, exhibits artworks, and hosts live music, dance, and theater productions. It's the...Read More

  • 7. Attadale Gardens

    A little over halfway between Shieldaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, this 20-acre estate centered around a striking 18th-century house makes for an energizing break. Highlights...Read More

  • 8. Bright Water Visitor Centre

    Discover Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell's much-loved account of his work with otters on the island of Eilean Ban, at this center just across...Read More

  • 9. Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

    In a commanding position over a sea loch, Dunvegan Castle has been the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for more than 700 years....Read More

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  • 10. Fairy Glen

    What was once a hidden gem is now just another stop on the ever-expanding Skye tourist trail. Still, if you come early or late and...Read More

  • 11. Glen Brittle

    Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery in Glen Brittle, including some unforgettable views of the Cuillin Mountains. Note: these are not for the casual walker, due to...Read More

  • 12. Kilt Rock

    No drive between Portree and Staffin is complete without a sojourn to Skye's most famous sea cliff. Named for the shape of its sheer rock...Read More

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  • 13. Neist Point

    Skye's westernmost point is famed for its steep sea cliffs and picturesque, early-20th century lighthouse, designed by David Alan Stevenson (cousin of Treasure Island author...Read More

  • 14. Old Man of Storr

    Along the dramatic road around the Trotternish Peninsula, a gate beside a parking area marks the beginning of the climb to the Old Man of...Read More

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  • 15. Plockton

    Once a fishing and crofting center, Plockton today attracts visitors for its natural beauty and its warm microclimate, which allows palms to grow all along...Read More

  • 16. Road to Elgol

    The B8083 leads from Broadford to one of the finest vistas anywhere in Scotland. This road passes by Strath Suardal and little Loch Cill Chriosd...Read More

  • 17. Skye Ecomuseum

    Billed as "a museum without walls," this collection of 13 open-air, geological and social exhibits dots the landscape of the peninsula. Follow the map along...Read More

  • 18. Skye Museum of Island Life

    Discover the old crofting ways of the local population at this museum close to the tip of the Trotternish Peninsula. Informative displays and exhibits, from...Read More

  • 19. Skyeskyns

    A 15-minute tour of this working tannery gives visitors excellent insight into the process of salting, washing, and preparing sheepskins. You'll learn the source of...Read More

  • 20. Staffin Dinosaur Museum

    Built on the foundations of an 1840s schoolhouse, this single-room museum is a labor of love of builder Dugald Ross, who first saw the fossilized...Read More

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