The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Eilean Donan Castle

    Castle/Palace

    Guarding the confluence of lochs Long, Alsh, and Duich stands the most picturesque of all Scottish fortifications. Eilean Donan Castle, perched...Read More

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  • 2. Fairy Glen

    Nature Sight

    What was once a hidden gem has now become just another stop on the ever-expanding Skye tourist trail. Still, come early or late to avoid the...Read More

  • 3. Fairy Pools

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One of the most magical sights in Scotland, the Fairy Pools are a spectacularly beautiful collection of waterfalls and plunge pools in the midst...Read More

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  • 4. Misty Isle Boat Trips

    Tour–Sight

    For fantastic views of the Cuillin Mountains and the Inner Hebrides, book a place on one of the Misty Isle Boat Trips. The expansive scenery...Read More

  • 5. Quiraing

    Nature Sight

    A spectacular geological formation of rocky crags and towering stacks, Quiraing dominates the horizon of the Trotternish Peninsula. It is situated...Read More

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  • 6. Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

    Castle/Palace

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

  • 7. Aros

    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 productions...Read More

  • 8. Bright Water Visitor Centre

    Visitor 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, in Kyleakin...Read More

  • 9. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

    Castle/Palace

    In a commanding position looming over a sea loch, Dunvegan Castle has been the seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for more than 700 years. Today...Read More

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  • 10. Glen Brittle

    Mountain

    Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery in Glen Brittle, including some unforgettable views of the Cuillin Mountains (these are not for the casual...Read More

  • 11. Kilt Rock

    Nature Sight

    No drive between Portree and Staffin is complete without a sojourn at Skye's most famous sea cliff. Named for the shape of its sheer rock face...Read More

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  • 12. Old Man of Storr

    Nature Sight

    Along the dramatic road around the Trotternish Peninsula, a gate beside a car park marks the beginning of the climb to the Old Man of Storr...Read More

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  • 13. Plockton

    Town/Village

    Once a fishing and crofting center, Plockton today attracts visitors for its natural beauty and its warm microclimate, which allows palms to...Read More

  • 14. Road to Elgol

    Scenic Drive

    The B8083 leads from Broadford to one of the finest vistas anywhere in Scotland. This road passes by Strath Suardal and little Loch Cill Chriosd...Read More

  • 15. Skye Museum of Island Life

    Museum/Gallery

    Discover the old crofting ways of the local population at this museum, situated close to the tip of the Trotternish Peninsula. Informative displays...Read More

  • 16. Skyeskyns

    Factory

    A 10-minute tour of this working tannery gives visitors excellent insight into the process of salting, washing, and preparing sheepskins. You...Read More

  • 17. Talisker Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The only distillery on the Isle of Skye is one of the best in Scotland. Talisker produces a sweet, light single malt that has the distinctive...Read More

  • 18. Skye Serpentarium

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    You can observe and handle snakes, frogs, lizards, and tortoises at the Skye Serpentarium, in the town center. It's also a refuge for wayward...Read More

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