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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Achiltibuie Smokehouse

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At the Achiltibuie Smokehouse, Summer Isles Foods deliciously smokes all sorts of fish: salmon, haddock, eel, and trout. It all can be...

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

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Turreted Amhuinnsuidhe Castle (pronounced avun- shooee ) was built in the 1860s by the earls of Dunmore as a base for fishing and hunting...

An Lanntair Arts Centre

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The fabulous An Lanntair Arts Centre hosts exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art. There are frequent traditional musical and...


  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The tame way to reach this small community facing Skye is by a coastal road from near Shieldaig. The exciting route turns west off the...

Ardvreck Castle

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Beside Loch Assynt stand the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, a Clan MacLeod stronghold, built in the 15th century and finally seized in 1672...

Balranald Nature Reserve

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Run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Balranald Nature Reserve shelters large numbers of waders and seabirds. It's...

Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn

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Dating from the 3rd millennium BC, the Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn is the only chambered cairn in the Western Isles known to have retained...

Black House

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In the small community of Arnol, the Black House is a well-preserved example of an increasingly rare type of traditional Hebridean home.

Borreraig Park Museum

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The fascinating Borreraig Park Museum—described by the owner as "a unique gallimaufry for your delight and edification"—includes...

Brightwater Visitor Centre

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Gavin Maxwell's much loved account of his work with otters on the island of Eilean Ban, off the coast of Skye at Kyleakin, is commemorated...


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