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. Drumbeg Loop

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Bold souls spending time at Lochinver may enjoy the interesting single-track B869 Drumbeg Loop to the north of Lochinver—it has several challenging...Read More

  • 3. Dunvegan Castle

    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. Though...Read More

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  • 4. Eilean Donan Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

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  • 5. Fairy Glen

    Geological Site

    Out of the way and little visited, Fairy Glen is a magical place—an enchanting, otherworldly valley of strange green hillocks, eerily still...Read More

  • 6. 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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  • 7. Glen Torridon

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The scenic spectacle of Glen Torridon lies east of Shieldaig as you follow the A896 between Kinlochewe and Shieldaig. Some say that Glen Torridon...Read More

  • 8. Glenmorangie Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The light color and delicate floral taste of the Speyside whiskies is exemplified in Glenmorangie, one of the best known of the Highland whiskies...Read More

  • 9. Handa Island

    Island

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

  • 10. Inverewe Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 11. Isle of Harris Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Opened in 2015, this island distillery has already gained a reputation for its distinctive gin, infused with coastal botanicals including sugar...Read More

  • 12. Loch Maree

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Southeast of Gairloch stretches one of Scotland's most scenic lochs, Loch Maree. Its harmonious setting, with tall Scots pines and the mountain...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Pulteney Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Unusually for a distillery, Pulteney is situated very close to the town center, and it has been for almost 200 years. The spirit produced here...Read More

  • 15. 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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  • 16. Sandwood Bay

    Beach–Sight

    The very definition of off the beaten path, Sandwood Bay is one of Scotland's most spectacular—and most isolated—beaches. The only way to reach...Read More

  • 17. Smoo Cave

    Cave

    This atmospheric cavern, hollowed out of the limestone by rushing water, feels like something out of a fantasy novel. The combined sea-and-freshwater...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. The Blackhouse

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 20. Traigh Luskentyre

    Beach–Sight

    One of Scotland's most spectacular beaches, Traigh Luskentyre is flanked by rolling sand dunes on one side and the shimmering sea on the other...Read More

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