The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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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  • 9. Traigh Luskentyre

    One of Scotland's most spectacular beaches, Traigh Luskentyre is flanked by rolling sand dunes on one side and the shimmering sea on the other. Add...Read More

  • 10. Achmelvich Bay

    This beautiful white-sand beach, 4 miles northwest of Lochinver, is a popular summer spot with water babies, from kayakers to windsurfers, as well as landlubbers...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Balranald Nature Reserve

    Run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Balranald Nature Reserve shelters large numbers of waders and seabirds that inhabit the...Read More

  • 13. Barpa Langass

    Dating back around 5,000 years, Barpa Langass is a chambered cairn (a Neolithic burial monument), the only one in the Western Isles to retain a...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Cape Wrath

    If you've made it this far north, you'll probably want to go all the way to Cape Wrath, a rugged headland at the northwest tip...Read More

  • 16. Ciannabeine Beach

    Situated 10 miles east of Durness, between Rispond and Sangobeg, Ciannabeine is one of Scotland's most achingly beautiful beaches, a spectacular sweep of sand caught...Read More

  • 17. Corrieshalloch Gorge

    For a thrilling touch of vertigo, don't miss Corrieshalloch Gorge, 12 miles south of Ullapool, just off the A835. Draining the high moors, the Falls...Read More

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  • 18. Dunnet Head

    Most people make the trip to Dunnet Head to stand at the northernmost point of mainland Britain. But it's also worth a visit for the...Read More

  • 19. Eas a' Chual Aluinn Waterfall

    With a drop of 685 feet, this is the longest waterfall in the United Kingdom. A rugged hike leads to the falls, which are at...Read More

  • 20. 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

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