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 21


Armadale 2

Broadford 3

Glen Brittle and the Cuillin Mountains 3

Glendale 3

Kyle of Lochalsh 3

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 4

Wick 4

Durness 4

South Uist 3

Gairloch 3

Thurso 3

Lochinver 3

Ullapool 3

Shieldaig 2

Dornoch 2

John o'Groats 2

Achiltibuie 2

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An Lanntair Arts Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

This fabulous arts center hosts exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art and frequent traditional musical and theatrical events...


  • 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

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Beside Loch Assynt stands the striking ruined Ardvreck Castle, a onetime Clan MacLeod stronghold built in the late 1500s. Still highly...

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

As the name suggests, this attraction has three distinct strings to its bow: a romantic, ruined castle; a lush, flower-filled estate;...


  • Arts/Performance Venue

On the outskirts of town, Aros is a community center that screens films, exhibits artworks, and hosts live music, dance, and theater...

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

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Dating back around 5,000 years, Barpa Langass is a chambered cairn (a Neolithic burial monument), the only one in the Western Isles to...

Bella Jane

  • Tour–Sight

Take a boat trip on the Bella Jane to see playful seals frolicking in the water. The three-hour round-trip excursions to Loch Coruisk...

Bright Water Visitor Centre

  • Information Center

Discover Ring of Bright Water , Gavin Maxwell's much-loved account of his work with otters on the island of Eilean Ban. This center,...

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

At the northernmost point of Lewis stands the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, which was first illuminated in 1862. Designed by David and Thomas...


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