The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Travel Guide

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Wild and remote, the Northern Highlands and the Western Isles of Scotland have a timeless grandeur. Dramatic cliffs, long beaches, and craggy mountains jutting up from moorland heighten the romance and mystery. Well-preserved Eilean Donan Castle marks a kind of gateway to the Isle of Skye, famous for the dark and brooding Cuillin Mountains and forever associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Jurassic-era sites (dinosaurs left their prints here), prehistoric ruins, crumbling castles, and abandoned crofts compress the whole span of history in the islands.

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The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Hotels

Charming, earthy, inexpensive inns and a few excellent luxury hotels will welcome you after a day of touring the Highlands. There are many B&Bs in the...read more

Restaurants

The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Restaurants

Northern Scotland has many excellent restaurants where talented chefs use locally grown produce. Most country-house inns (a good choice if you're looking...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Experiences

  • Top Reasons To Go

    Skye, the misty island: The landscape ranges from the lush, undulating hills and coastal tracks of Sleat in the Garden of Skye to the deep glens... Read more

  • Clans and Tartans

    Whatever the origins of the clans—some with Norman roots, intermarried into Celtic society; some of Norse origin, the product of Viking raids... Read more

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