Highlands: what to see in the region of Scotland
What to see in the Highlands, attractions and places to go wandering in the spectacular landscapes of this mountainous region of Scotland.
Scottish Highlands Attractions
Scotland is crossed diagonally by a fault line called by geologists Highland Boundary, north of it are the Highlands, a mountainous region where the rocks rise up in the hills covered with lonely moors crossed by long stone walls and dry picturesque lakes occupy the valleys. The landscape of great beauty, which also includes the coast and islands, stretching from the town of Helensburgh, on the west coast, to the port of Stonehaven, on the east coast, characterized by some areas and fertile plains. The main historical centers of this region are Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth.
Places to visit in the Scottish Highlands
– Argyll, the region is located on the coast of the Atlantic, its main center is Oban, where ferries to visit some Inner and Outer Hebrides.
– Hebrides Islands, the archipelago stretches in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Scottish coast.
– Balmoral Castle, real private residence, is located in ‘Aberdeenshire, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
– Cairngorms National Park is home to the eponymous mountain range, with peaks over 1200 meters of altitude above sea level. An area that preserves an important natural heritage, which is more direct access from the town of Aviemore, which is located on the road between Inverness and Perth. The Strathspey Railway, an old steam railway line, allowing a magnificent journey from Aviemore to Broomhill, on the famous valley of the River Spey.
– Dunnottar Castle, about 30 Km. From Aberdeen, is a spectacular ruin overlooking the North Sea.
– Edzell Castle, are very beautiful gardens, the castle dates back to the sixteenth century were the ruins.
– Eilean Donan Castle, is located on a small island at the intersection of Loch Duich, Loch Alsh and Loch Long. The castle is important from an artistic and historical, nearby is the deep inlet of Loch Carron and the town of the same name, famous for weaving tartan.
– Elgin, a town located just inland from the coast of the North Sea, from the architectural point of view is distinguished by the thirteenth-century cathedral partially ruined.
– Loch Ness to the southwest of the city of Inverness, the lake is famous for the monster, which according to legend dwell in its waters. Along the shore, on the rocky promontory rise the ruins of the fourteenth century Urquhart Castle. At the southern end of the lake is Fort Augustus and continuing further south we reach Loch Lochy and the tourist town of Fort William.
– Ullapool is located on the shores of Loch Broom and is one of the most important tourist centers of the area Wester Ross. To the north of the town is the county of Sutherland, characterized by the presence of many lakes and beautiful landscapes. The Ullapool harbor is used by ferries that provide the connection to Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides.
– From Ullapool north through the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve you will reach the picturesque village of Lochinver. Further north, on arrival to Keoldale, on a ferry across the Kyle of Durness, you reach the solitary and charming Cape Wrath. Following the northern coast you can go up to Thurso, where ferries to Orkney.