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 20


Armadale 2

Broadford 4

Glen Brittle and the Cuillin Mountains 2

Glendale 3

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

North Uist 5

Isle of Harris 4


Leverburgh 3

Tarbert 1

South Uist 4

Gairloch 4

Durness 4

Ullapool 4

Shieldaig 3

Lochinver 3

Dornoch 2

Dunbeath 2

Wick 2

John o'Groats 2

Thurso 2

Achiltibuie 2

Lochcarron 1

Golspie 1

Helmsdale 1

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Geological Site 5

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Island 2

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Mountain–Sight 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 8

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 2

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 1

Scenic Drive/ Tour 4

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Tour–Sight 3

Trail/ Path 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 7

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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • Museum/Gallery

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

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

Bella Jane

  • Tour–Sight

Take a boat trip on the Bella Jane toward Loch Coruisk, where you'll be able to see seals. The three-hour round-trip excursions, available...

Black House

  • House/Mansion/Villa

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

Brightwater Visitor Centre

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Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell's much-loved account of his work with otters on the island of Eilean Ban , off the coast of Skye...

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

At the northernmost point of Lewis stands the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, designed by David and Thomas Stevenson (of the prominent engineering...


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