The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. Ardvreck Castle

    Beside Loch Assynt, 11 miles east of Lochinver on the fast road to Ullapool, stands the striking Ardvreck Castle. A onetime Clan MacLeod stronghold built...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. Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

    At the northernmost point of Lewis, 3 miles northwest of Port of Ness, stands the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, which was first illuminated in 1862....Read More

  • 7. Calum's Road

    An extraordinary feat of human endeavor, this single-track, 2-mile road was conceived and constructed by one man—local crofter Calum MacLeod. Following several failed petitions to...Read More

  • 8. Dun an Sticir

    Near Port nan Long in the very north of North Uist stands the remains of Dun an Sticir, reputed to have been the last inhabited...Read More

  • 9. Dun Carloway Broch

    Discover one of the country's best-preserved Iron Age brochs (circular stone towers). These fortified residences are exclusive to Scotland, and Dun Carloway Broch dominates the...Read More

  • 10. Dunrobin Castle

    Situated 12 miles north of Dornoch, flamboyant Dunrobin Castle is an ancient seat that became the home of the dukes of Sutherland, at which point...Read More

  • 11. 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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  • 12. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

    Situated at the end of a side road north from Carloway, Gearrannan is an old coastal crofting village that has been brought back to life...Read More

  • 13. Lews Castle

    This Victorian-era castle—well, neo-Gothic country house—houses the free Museum nan Eilean, with fascinating exhibitions on life in the Outer Hebrides, from the landscape to the...Read More

  • 14. Old St. Peter's Kirk

    This roofless, ruined parish church on the banks of the River Thurso was once the principal place of worship in northeast Scotland. Dating from (at...Read More

  • 15. Talisker Distillery

    It may no longer be the only distillery on the Isle of Skye (since the opening of Torabhaig Distillery in 2017), but it remains one...Read More

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