Explore The Highlands

Breath-Taking Scenery on Your Doorstep

Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guides in 2017 and when you come and visit you will understand why. Our area boasts award-winning beaches, rolling hills, expansive lochs, and dramatic waterfalls.
Photographers are in awe of the natural light that we take for granted. The climate means that we have lush landscapes with some of the best sunsets, sunrises, and rainbows in the world. The colours of the hills change with the seasons; from yellows in Spring to purples in Autumn.


We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to wildlife in this part of the world. Our local knowledge ensures that you will have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the elusive creatures that roam this land.
We know where you can find Highland cows grazing in lush green fields and seals basking on golden beaches. We can tell you the best spots to see stags roaming the heather-swathed hills and salmon leaping up sparkling waterfalls.


The Highlands of Scotland have a fascinating history and it is only by visiting this area that you can truly begin to understand and appreciate it.

Our local museum and heritage centres are full of exciting exhibits which allow you to immerse yourself in times gone by. You can delve into the ancient past by going fossil hunting along the coastline or by visiting the Pictish Brochs in the area.

Stepping into the more recent past there is lots more to see and do; from the majestic Dunrobin Castle to the historic town of Dornoch.


Outdoor Activities

Whether you are an avid adventurer or you prefer a more relaxed approach to the outdoors, our area has something to suit everybody. 

As you may already know, the East coast of Sutherland is heaven on earth for golfers. We have several golf courses set in awe-inspiring scenery including the world famous Royal Dornoch.                                                                

If you enjoy cycling, there are plenty of routes to try including the world class Wildcat mountain biking trails.

Walkers can also choose from a wide array of different options, from tranquil coastal routes to more challenging hills. For an unrivalled view of the surrounding area, it is well worth climbing Ben Bhraggie.

Whisky Distilleries

If whisky is your tipple, then the Highlands of Scotland is the place for you! There are a number of local distilleries to choose from which offer informative enjoyable tours – and of course you will get to sample their wares.


The North of Scotland has an exciting traditional music scene for you to enjoy. There are regular performances from world-class traditional musicians, as well as ceilidhs where you can test out your dancing skills, and of course you have to hear our local pipe bands!



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