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The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Travel Guide

Planning Your Time

The rough landscape of the Highlands and Islands, as this region is sometimes called, means that this is not a place you can rush through. Single-track roadways, undulating landscapes, and eye-popping views will slow you down. You can base yourself in a town like Ullapool or Portree, or choose a B&B or hotel tucked into the hills or sitting at the edge of a sea loch. If you have limited time, head directly to the Isle of Skye and the other islands off the coast. They attract hordes of tourists, and for good reason, yet you don't have to walk far to find yourself in wild places, often in solitude. Sunday is a day of minimal activity here; restaurants, bars, and shops are closed, as are many sites.

You could combine a trip to the Northern Highlands with forays into the Great Glen (including Inverness and Loch Ness) or up to Orkney and the Shetland Islands.

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