The rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands is a must-see attraction for any traveler. From the pristine lochs to the rolling green hills, it’s an unforgettable experience.
But there are so many amazing things to discover that it can be difficult to choose which ones should not be missed.
Whether you’re a nature lover or looking for some culture, here are five incredible attractions in the Highlands that you simply shouldn’t miss.
Plan ahead and make sure to see them all – this area truly has something for everyone.
1. Loch Ness
The first must-see attraction in Scotland’s Highlands is the legendary Loch Ness.
This freshwater lake is approximately 23 miles long and 755 feet deep, making it one of the largest lochs (lakes) by volume in all of Scotland.
It’s most famous for its mythical creature known as “Nessie,” a creature whose existence has been debated for centuries.
Today, visitors flock to the area hoping to catch a glimpse of this mysterious beast rumored to live within its depths.
To get a closer look at this magical place, why not take a boat tour around the loch?
You can also explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle or join a Nessie-spotting experience.
2. Urquhart Castle
The second must-see attraction in Scotland’s Highlands is Urquhart Castle, located on the northwest shore of Loch Ness.
This majestic ruin was once an important stronghold for both Scotland and England during their battles over ownership of this region during Medieval times.
Today, you can explore the area’s extensive grounds to discover tombs and towers that tell its turbulent history from nearly 1,000 years ago up until the modern day as well as enjoy stunning views overlooking the loch across to Inverness.
For a lovely afternoon, you can go for a stroll around its pretty herb garden, or walk the battlements for a more in-depth experience of its past and present glory.
3. Ben Nevis
If you’re looking for adventure, then one must-see attraction in Scotland’s highlands should be the penultimate mountain peak: Ben Nevis.
Standing tall at 4,411 ft above sea level, it offers breathtaking views out across Britain’s highest peaks – perfect if you love hiking or mountaineering.
A less strenuous activity such as pony trekking and scenic drives can prove just as rewarding if you prefer not to undertake a grueling climb.
Try the Ben Nevis Distillery, right at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain peak, for a true taste of Scotland.
If you want to make the most of your visit, you might want to consider arranging private tours in Scotland that take you through Ben Nevis and its surroundings.
From there, you can explore further breathtaking glens or opt for a pony trekking trip down to Glen Coe Valley – an ideal way to fully appreciate this breathtaking monument while taking in all the sights around it.
4. Glen Coe Valley
Nature lovers will enjoy the Highlands’ lochs, mountains, and glens.
One must-see attraction here in particular is the Glen Coe valley.
Tucked away between some of Scotland’s most stunning peaks, it feels like you’re stepping back into history as its winding roads provide dreamy views across moorland dotted with sheep and ancient Pictish standing stones.
As one of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves, there are multiple places to explore, from hikes along rivers cascading out the neighboring mountain range or taking in traditional Highland hospitality folklore on whisky tours. There really is something for everyone.
5. Isle of Skye
Last but certainly not least, there is another must-see destination in Scotland’s Highlands area if you’re looking for sweeping vistas and rugged coastlines.
And that is the Isle Of Skye, one of Europe’s last great wildernesses. Offering unparalleled natural beauty around every corner, coupled with quaint villages hiding within its captivating bays and townships and shrouded by lush forested hills, the Isle of Skye offers a truly rustic experience.
Whether it’s sea-kayaking amongst the island’s many inlets or taking boat trips to bird watch on nearby offshore isles, you’ll always find something new and unique hiding around every corner.
As if that weren’t enough adventure, you can also go stargazing at night from Scotland’s iconic outdoor sites, including The Quiraing – perfect for those looking to send their spirit soaring!