The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Applecross

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The most exciting way to reach this small community facing Skye is by a twisting, turning coastal road, which leaves the A896 just a few miles...Read More

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  • 2. 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

  • 3. Fairy Glen

    Geological Site

    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

  • 4. 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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  • 5. Isle of Harris Distillery


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

  • 6. Sandwood Bay


    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...Read More

  • 7. Smoo 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Traigh Luskentyre


    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

  • 10. Ardvreck Castle


    Beside Loch Assynt, 11 miles east of Lochinver, stands the striking ruined Ardvreck Castle, a onetime Clan MacLeod stronghold built in the late...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Balranald Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Balranald Nature Reserve shelters large numbers of waders and seabirds who...Read More

  • 13. 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 retain...Read More

  • 14. 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, in Kyleakin...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Castle Sinclair Girnigoe


    Dramatically perched on the edge of the cliff, this ruined castle—or rather, castles—is a spectacular sight. Situated 3 miles north of Wick...Read More

  • 17. Ciannabeine Beach


    Situated 10 miles east of Durness, Ciannabeine is one of Scotland's most achingly beautiful beaches, a spectacular sweep of sand caught in the...Read More

  • 18. Corrieshalloch Gorge

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    For a thrilling touch of vertigo, don't miss Corrieshalloch Gorge, 12 miles south of Ullapool, just off the A835. Draining the high moors, the...Read More

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  • 19. Dingwall Museum


    Set inside the old town council building, topped by the pretty Townhouse Tower, this small museum offers real insight into local life throughout...Read More

  • 20. Dun an Sticir

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Near Port nan Long in the very north of North Uist stands the remains of Dun an Sticir, reputed to have been the last inhabited broch on the...Read More

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