The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Applecross

    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...Read More

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  • 2. Assynt and Coigach

    To the east and south of Lochinver lies a different kind of landscape: a vast region of brooding mountains and languid lochs, where peaks punch...Read More

  • 3. Calanais Standing Stones

    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...Read More

  • 4. Castle Varrich

    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

    This windswept bay, 3 miles north of Tongue just off the road from Thurso, is a well-kept secret, offering powder-white sands, spectacular island views, and...Read More

  • 6. Drumbeg Loop

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

  • 7. Dunnet Bay Distillery

    This small north coast distillery proves that Scotland's craft-spirits boom has stretched to the very edges of the mainland. Run by husband and wife team...Read More

  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. Glen Torridon

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

  • 11. Glenmorangie 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. The...Read More

  • 12. Handa Island

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

  • 13. Inverewe 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...Read More

  • 14. Isle of Harris Distillery

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

  • 15. Loch Maree

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

  • 16. Pulteney 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

  • 17. Sandwood Bay

    Sandwood Bay is one of Scotland's most spectacular—and most isolated—beaches. The only way to reach it is to walk 4 miles each way across sheep...Read More

  • 18. Smoo Cave

    This atmospheric cavern, hollowed out of the limestone by rushing water, feels like something from a fantasy novel. Located a mile east of Durness, the...Read More

  • 19. St. Clement's Church

    At the southernmost point of Harris, in the village of Rodel 3 miles southeast of Leverburgh, lies St. Clement's Church—the most impressive pre-Reformation House of...Read More

  • 20. St. Kilda Village

    This crumbling, wind-ravaged village is the last remnant of the community that lived on Hirta for thousands of years. For most of that time, the...Read More

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