Inverness and Around the Great Glen

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  • 1. Cairngorms National Park

    This sprawling, rugged wilderness of mountains, moorlands, glens, and lochs covers nearly 1,750 square miles of countryside, making it Britain's largest national park. It is...Read More

  • 2. Highland Folk Museum

    Explore reconstructed Highland buildings, including a Victorian-era schoolhouse, at this open-air museum 2 miles west of Kingussie. You can also watch tailors, clock makers, and...Read More

  • 3. Rothiemurchus


    This excellent activity center has a host of organized outdoor diversions, including guided pony rides, mountain biking, fishing, gorge swimming, and white-water rafting. It also...Read More

  • 4. West Highland Museum

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

  • 5. Ben Nevis

    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...Read More

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  • 6. Caledonian Canal

    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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  • 7. Clava Cairns

    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...Read More

  • 8. Findhorn Ecovillage

    This fascinating, self-sufficient community project began in 1962 and is still going strong 60 years later. Dedicated to developing "new ways of living infused with...Read More

  • 9. Glenfinnan Monument

    One of the most striking monuments in Britain, this 1815 tower overlooking Loch Shiel commemorates the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard. Note,...Read More

  • 10. Glenfinnan Viaduct

    The 1,248-foot-long Glenfinnan Viaduct was a genuine wonder when it was built in 1897, and it remains so today. The railway's contractor, Robert MacAlpine (known...Read More

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  • 11. Inverness Castle

    One of Inverness's few historic landmarks is reddish-sandstone Inverness Castle (now the local Sheriff Court), nestled above the river off Castle Road on Castle Hill....Read More

  • 12. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

    The small but excellent Inverness Museum and Art Gallery covers archaeology, art, local history, and the natural environment in its lively displays. The museum is...Read More

  • 13. Loch Morar

    This beautifully atmospheric loch, which starts 3½ miles southeast of Mallaig, is the deepest of all the Scottish lochs (more than 1,000 feet). In fact,...Read More

  • 14. Loch Ness

    From the A82 you get some spectacular views of the formidable Loch Ness, which has a greater volume of water than any other British lake,...Read More

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  • 15. RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre

    Set in the heart of Abernethy Forest, 3 miles east of Boat of Garten, the Loch Garten Osprey Centre offers a glimpse of the large...Read More

  • 16. Ruthven Barracks

    Looking like a ruined castle on a mound, Ruthven Barracks is redolent with tales of "the '45," as the last Jacobite rebellion is often called....Read More

  • 17. St. Andrew's Cathedral

    This handsome Victorian cathedral, dating from 1869, has two unique claims to fame: in addition to being the northernmost cathedral in the British Isles, it...Read More

  • 18. Sueno's Stone

    At the eastern end of Forres stands Sueno's Stone, a 22-foot-tall pillar of stone carved with the ranks of soldiers from some long-forgotten battle. Nobody...Read More

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