The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Calanais Standing Stones

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The west coast of Lewis is rich in prehistoric sites, and the most famous of these is the Calanais Standing Stones. Believed to have been positioned...Read More

  • 2. Eilean Donan Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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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  • 3. Quiraing

    Geological Site

    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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  • 4. St. Clement's Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the southernmost point of Harris, in the village of Rodel, lies St. Clement's Church—the most impressive pre-Reformation House of God in...Read More

  • 5. The Blackhouse

    Museum Village

    In the small community of Arnol, the Blackhouse is a well-preserved example of an increasingly rare type of traditional Hebridean home. Common...Read More

  • 6. An Lanntair

    Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 7. Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

    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; and a...Read More

  • 8. 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 Stevenson...Read More

  • 9. Dun Carloway Broch

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Discover one of the country's best-preserved Iron Age brochs (circular stone towers). These fortified residences are exclusive to Scotland...Read More

  • 10. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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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  • 11. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

    Museum Village

    Situated at the end of a side road north from Carloway, Gearrannan is an old coastal crofting village that has been brought back to life as...Read More

  • 12. Kilt Rock

    Geological Site

    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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  • 13. Seallam! Visitor Centre and Co Leis Thu Genealogical Research Centre

    Library/Archive

    Learn more about life in the Western Isles and trace your Hebridean ancestry at this informative visitor center. Photographs and interpretive...Read More

  • 14. 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

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