Inverness and Around the Great Glen

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  • 1. Cairngorms National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A rugged wilderness of mountains, moorlands, glens, and lochs, the sprawling Cairngorms National Park, established in 2003, takes in more than...Read More

  • 2. Cawdor Castle and Gardens

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Shakespeare's Macbeth was the Thane of Cawdor (a local officer of the crown), but the sense of history that exists within the turreted walls...Read More

  • 3. Culloden Battlefield

    Military Site

    Here, on a cold April day in 1746, the hopelessly outgunned Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were destroyed by King George II's army...Read More

  • 4. Fort George

    Military Site

    After the fateful Battle of Culloden, the nervous government in London ordered the construction of a large fort on a promontory reaching into...Read More

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  • 5. Highland Folk Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Explore reconstructed Highland buildings, including a Victorian-era schoolhouse, and watch tailors, clock makers, and joiners demonstrating...Read More

  • 6. Jacobite Steam Train

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The most relaxing way to take in the landscape of birch- and bracken-covered wild slopes is by rail, and the best ride is on the historic Jacobite...Read More

  • 7. Nevis Range Mountain Experience

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Located 6 miles outside Fort William, this fantastic outdoor center offers a range of activities in all seasons, from downhill skiing and...Read More

  • 8. Rothiemurchus Estate

    Inverdruie | Tour–Sight

    This excellent activity center is among the best in the Cairngorms. It offers a host of organized outdoor diversions, including guided pony...Read More

  • 9. Urquhart Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    About 2 miles southeast of Drumnadrochit, this castle is a favorite Loch Ness monster–watching spot. This romantically broken-down fortress...Read More

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  • 10. West Highland Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the town center, the small but fascinating West Highland Museum explores the history of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the 1745 rebellion...Read More

  • 11. Arisaig Marine

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Along with a host of wildlife excursions offering a chance to see minke whales, basking sharks, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, porpoises...Read More

  • 12. Ben Nevis

    Mountain–Sight

    The tallest mountain in the British Isles, 4,411-foot Ben Nevis looms over Fort William, less than 4 miles from Loch Linnhe. A trek to its summit...Read More

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  • 13. Benromach Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The smallest distillery in Moray, Benromach was founded in 1898. It's now owned by whisky specialist Gordon and MacPhail, and produces an array...Read More

  • 14. Brodie Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A magnificent, medieval turreted fortification, Brodie Castle was rebuilt and extended in the 17th and 19th centuries. Consequently, there are...Read More

  • 15. Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    On the high slopes of the Cairngorms, you may see the reindeer herd that was introduced here in the 1950s. The reindeer are docile creatures...Read More

  • 16. Caledonian Canal

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The canal, which links the lochs of the Great Glen—Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness—owes its origins to a combination of military and political...Read More

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  • 17. Clava Cairns

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Not far from Culloden Moor, on a narrow road southeast of the battlefield, are the Clava Cairns, dating from the Bronze Age. In a cluster among...Read More

  • 18. Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The final port of call on the Malt Whisky Trail, the Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery was the last distillery built in the 19th century and was...Read More

  • 19. Findhorn Ecovillage

    Town/Village

    This education center is dedicated to developing "new ways of living infused with spiritual values," drawing power from wind turbines, local...Read More

  • 20. Glencoe Visitor Centre

    Information Center

    This impressive visitor center tells the life story of Glencoe, from its volcanic origins to the MacDonald massacre to its current wildlife...Read More

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