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  • 1 The Cuillins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Sligachan IV47

    These dramatic and austere mountains are a breathtaking sight. The Black Cuillins are a horseshoe-shaped range encircling the glacial trough of Loch Coruisk. Twenty sharp peaks stand over 900m high, with the highest point reaching almost 1,000m. They..

  • 2 Cape Wrath Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Durness IV27 4PN

    Cape Wrath stands west of Durness and marks the extreme northwest of Scotland. Protected by the Clo Mor cliffs, which, at 281m high, are the highest in Britain, the cape is home to a colony of seabirds. To get here, you take the ferryboat from Keodal..

  • 3 Loch Maree Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Talladale IV22

    Loch Maree epitomises the rugged scenic grandeur of the west coast. The loch is ensconsed between the towering form of Ben Slioch (980m) to the north and the foothills of Beinn Eighe. It is studded with isles, one of which, Isle Maree, was where Sain..

  • 4 Panorama from Cairn Gorm Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Coylumbridge PH22 1RB

    The cable car provides an easy way to enjoy something of the magic and beauty of this mountainous region. From the terminal (about 1 100m, exhibition, restaurant), there is a grandiose view westwards over the Spey Valley, which widens into a basin be..

  • 5 Inverewe Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B8057 GB - Poolewe IV22 2LG

    The gardens, situated north of Poolewe, on the west coast, are a source of unequalled pleasure and beauty whatever the season. Visitors are always captivated and appreciate their charm, a combination of abundance, exotic and other varieties of plants..

  • 6 Wester Ross Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Kyle of Lochalsh

    This vast region covers the northeastern coast from Kyle of Lochalsh to Scourie and is home to probably the most remarkable natural sites in the Highlands. From the clutch of little towns (Kyle of Lochalsh, Gairloch or Ullapoo), head out to explore t..

  • 7 The Ardnamurchan Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Kilchoan

    This isolated strip of land has various natural attractions. Wild and oft-overlooked, it will charm those left cold by Fort William. This 260km round trip from Fort William can be done in a day, but the allure of the place tempts visitors to linger l..

  • 8 Sanna Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Sanna

    This is undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest beaches. At the end of a narow track at the far point of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, its white sand meets the clear sea washing in between black rocks. Soft green hills with grazing sheep form the backdrop..

  • 9 Sandwood Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Kinlochbervie

    This magical beach in Wester Ross, northern Scotland, is only accessible on foot. The track leads from Blairmore (15km round trip) through an austere landscape typical of the Highlands; peat bogs, lochans, heathery hillsides grazed by sheep... Eventu..

  • 10 Loch Assynt Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A837 GB - Lochinver IV27

    The road along Loch Assynt is particularly scenic. The waters are flanked by several mountains: Beinn Gharbh, Canisp (846m), and Quinag (808m). The slopes and the fact that the loch is 80m below sea level make the peaks seem even higher.

  • 11 Falls of Measach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Auchindrean IV23

    South of Auchindream, in the wooded cleft of the Corrieshalloch Gorge, the waters of the River Droma make a spectacular sight as they drop nearly 50m at the Measach Falls. There is a bridge over the chasm and a viewing platform provides an excellent ..

  • 12 The Cairngorms Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Aviemore PH22

    Offering large-scale mountain scenery that is virtually unique in Britain, the Cairngorms are part of the range separating the centre and north of Scotland. In 2004 a national park was created running from Braemar to the Spey Valley, a wild landscape..

  • 13 Loch Ness Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Drumnadrochit IV63 6XR

    Loch Ness, set in pleasant pastoral surroundings, is around 40km long and 225m deep. Although it lacks the rugged grandeur of some of the north-western lochs, it is renowned the world over for its famous "monster". Nessie has continued to c..

  • 14 Glen Coe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Glencoe PH49

    It was in this dark, grandiose setting that the infamous Glen Coe massacre of the MacDonald clan took place. The MacDonald clan (supporters of the Stuarts) were massacred by the Campbells in 1692 (supporters of the Whigs) who had sworn allegiance to ..

  • 15 Ben Nevis Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Fort William PH33

    This snow-covered mass of granite (1,344 m altitude) is the highest mountain in Britain, but it is not a smooth climb. It is however very popular with walkers and climbers alike and at the summit, there is a war memorial. There was once a hotel here ..

  • 16 Loch Broom Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Ullapool IV26

    This loch, nestling against a backdrop of mountains, stretches out for nearly 39km. Its northern shores are dotted with houses, while to the south traces of former field patterns are still visible. From a point near the head of the loch, there are pa..

  • 17 Glen Nevis Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Fort William

    A road heads from Fort William and follows the southern flanks of the mountain for 17km before reaching the foot of Ben Nevis. This monumental landscape (surprising so close to a drab town centre) has appeared in films like Highlander and Braveheart...

  • 18 The Hill o'Many Stanes Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    A9 GB - Lybster KW1

    To the right and away from the main road. Going back to the Bronze Age (around 1850 BC), this site has 22 lines of small stones. Their arrangement in a fan is perhaps an astronomical function. Although the northern areas have several sites, the most ..

  • 19 Grey Cairns of Camster Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    West Clyth GB - Lybster KW1

    The round cairn, first of the two cairns, is made up of an entrance passage 6 m long (which has to be crawled through) and a chamber. The long cairn (60 m long and 10 m wide) resembles a long horn and covers two older cairns in the shape of a hive. T..

  • 20 Fort George Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Ardersier IV2 7TD

    Standing on a peninsula that cuts the Moray Estuary into a spur, this artillery fortress was built from 1748-1769 to position and protect George II's troops. These impressive fortifications had a sophisticated defence system; the bastions were called..

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