The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles

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  • 1. Handa 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Balranald Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Coigach and Assynt

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    North of Ullapool lies a different kind of landscape, one of brooding mountains and languid lochs, where peaks punch their way out of heathered...Read More

  • 6. Dunnet Head

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Most people make the trip to Dunnet Head to stand at the northernmost point of mainland Britain. But it's also worth a visit for the pretty...Read More

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