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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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