The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Handa Island

    Just off the coast of Scourie is Handa Island, a sanctuary that shelters huge seabird colonies, especially impressive at nesting time. On the dramatic cliffs...Read More

  • 2. Inverewe Garden

    A highlight of the area, Inverewe Garden has lush plantings tucked away behind a dense barrier of trees and shrubs. This is all thanks to...Read More

  • 3. Attadale Gardens

    A little over halfway between Shieldaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, this 20-acre estate centered around a striking 18th-century house makes for an energizing break. Highlights...Read More

  • 4. Bright Water Visitor Centre

    Discover Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell's much-loved account of his work with otters on the island of Eilean Ban, at this center just across...Read More

  • 5. Dunrobin Castle

    Situated 12 miles north of Dornoch, flamboyant Dunrobin Castle is an ancient seat that became the home of the dukes of Sutherland, at which point...Read More

  • 6. Skye Ecomuseum

    Billed as "a museum without walls," this collection of 13 open-air, geological and social exhibits dots the landscape of the peninsula. Follow the map along...Read More

  • 7. Skye Museum of Island Life

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

  • 8. Staffin Dinosaur Museum

    Built on the foundations of an 1840s schoolhouse, this single-room museum is a labor of love of builder Dugald Ross, who first saw the fossilized...Read More

  • 9. Timespan

    This thought-provoking mix of displays, artifacts, and audiovisual materials portrays the history of the area, from the Stone Age to the 1869 gold rush in...Read More

  • 10. Skye Serpentarium

    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, worldly...Read More

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