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The Scottish Highlands are a playground for people who love the great outdoors. The vast skies and magical landscapes are dotted with welcoming villages and historic sites, with more than enough to fill a holiday itinerary. Roam through stunning mountain scenery, gaze at twinkling lochs, wander along the coast to spot dolphins or tackle a Munro or two – whatever your idea of the perfect holiday, you’ll find it in the highlands.
The Highlands are home to some of Scotland’s most iconic places to visit, not least the legendary Loch Ness, home to the elusive Loch Ness Monster. At the heart of the Highlands is the Cairngorms National Park, where you can enjoy all manner of outdoor activities, including hiking, climbing and snow sports in the winter. If you want to see stunning scenery from the car, take a drive along the stunning Bealach na Ba Road on the Applecross Peninsula. This incredible drive features on many a bucket list and is a fine addition to your Highland itinerary. As if that weren’t enough natural beauty, the Isle of Skye with its Cuillin mountain range, Trotternish Ridge, Fairy Pools and attractive towns and villages captures visitors with its allure.
Mix exploring the great outdoors with visits to some of the Highlands fantastic attractions. There are places of historical interest, castles and museums across this majestic land, as well as attractions such as the Highland Wildlife Park, Inverewe Gardens, The Highland Folk Museum and The Jacobite Steam Train. The Highlands are also peppered with an impressive number of whisky distilleries, so you’ll never be far from a dram or two straight from its origin.
For alternative days out, visiting the various characterful towns and villages throughout the Highlands is a great way to get to know the area. Popular John O’Groats, the Royal Burgh of Wick, picture-perfect Plockton and fishing town of Ullapool all make charming daytrips. Killin, Torridon, Braemar and Ballater are all scenic spots to stop too.
Our holiday cottages in the Highlands provide the perfect sanctuary for you to retire to after busy days exploring. Amongst our Highlands cottages are cosy boltholes for two, comfortable family homes, large properties for group gatherings and a plethora of dog-friendly places to stay. Take a look at our entire collection of self-catering accommodation in the Highlands above and start planning your Scotland adventure.