The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Isle of Skye 17


Armadale 1

Broadford 3

Glen Brittle and the Cuillin Mountains 2

Glendale 2

Kyle of Lochalsh 2

Portree 1

Trotternish Peninsula 5

Waternish Peninsula 1

Isle of Lewis 6


Calanais Standing Stones 1

Port of Ness 4

Stornoway 1

Isle of Harris 5


Leverburgh 3

Tarbert 2

North Uist 5

Gairloch 4

Ullapool 4

South Uist 3

Durness 3

Lochinver 3

Shieldaig 2

Dunbeath 2

Wick 2

John o'Groats 2

Achiltibuie 2

Lochcarron 1

Dornoch 1

Golspie 1

Helmsdale 1

Thurso 1

Scourie 1

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Geological Site 5

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Information Center 1

Island 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 7

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 3

Scenic Drive/ Tour 4

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St. Kilda

  • Island

About 15 miles to the west of Harris lies the abandoned island of St. Kilda. Dependent on the flesh of the fulmar, the cliff-dwelling...

Staffin Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Built on the foundations of an 1840s schoolhouse, this single-room museum is a labor of love of builder Dugald Ross, who first saw the...

Taigh Chearsabhagh

  • Museum/Gallery

Set right on the shore, the well-run Taigh Chearsabhagh has two separate exhibition spaces, a working print shop, and a permanent exhibition...

Tain through Time

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

If you're driving south toward Inverness on the A9, consider detouring first to Tain (look for signs to the town) for a visit to its...

Talisker Distillery

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker produces a sweet, light single malt that has the typical peaty aroma of island whiskies,...

Tigh na Coille: Aros

  • Museum/Gallery

On the outskirts of town is Tigh na Coille: Aros ( tigh na coille is Gaelic for "house of the forest," and aros means "home" or "homestead...

Timespan Heritage Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

This thought-provoking mix of displays, artifacts, and audiovisual materials portrays the history of the area from the Stone Age to the...

Trinity Temple (Teampull na Trionaid)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

You can explore the ruins of Trinity Temple (Teampull na Trionaid), a medieval college and monastery said to have been founded in the...

Ullapool Museum

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Films, photographs, and audiovisual displays tell the story of the area from the ice age to modern times. There's an ongoing exhibition...

Wick Heritage Centre

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To learn how this town grew, visit the Wick Heritage Centre. The locals who run it are real enthusiasts, and they will take you through...