Highlands of Scotland

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland!

Heading to the U.K this year, or just dreaming?? Well here are some reasons why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland!

An incredible escape northwards to the mythic landscapes of the Highlands. A untamed land of enchanting solitude filled with rugged mountain ranges, transfixing castles, unexpectedly beautiful coastline and windswept islands! Of course there is also a shy monster, whisky, animals, outdoor pursuits and some very friendly people – just be prepared for the most changeable weather you have ever experienced!

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

#1: Glen Finnan Viaduct

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

One of the most stunning viaducts in the world – An absolute must see! It is now most famous as in the Harry Potter films the Hogwarts Express was seen calling at Glenfinnan! All aboard!

#2: Eilean Donan Castle

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The most recognised, and photographed, castle in Scotland. An icon of Scotland found on shortbread tins and calendars the world over! Built on its own little island, overlooking the mythical Skye, it is here that three great sea-lochs meet creating a truly breath-taking setting!

#3: Loch Ness

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The largest lake in Scotland, this loch needs no introduction. Made famous for it’s monster that lurks within, no visit to the Highlands would be complete without a visit to her murky shores. Say hi to Nessie!

#4: Inverness

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

Inverness, a thriving city that offers a rich variety of things to do and see from shopping and culture to eating and drinking. The old town is beautiful and is located at a highlands cross road meaning you’ll probably pass through at some point. Be sure to stay a while!

#5: Glen Roy

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The Glen Roy National Nature Reserve, famed for its ‘Parallel Roads’ that slash through the landscape. These straight, precise lines baffled scientists for so long, including Charles Darwin, and are actually evidence of a long gone glacial lake. Woodland and nature still rein supreme in this tucked away valley. A true gem which is largely undiscovered by tourists!

#6: Castle Stalker

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

This island castle’s picturesque placement, standing tall on a bewitching island set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, has made it something of a cliché image of the Highlands. But not to fear, Castle Stalker is entirely authentic and is actually one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in Scotland. Marvel in it’s splendour! Just another reason why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

#7: Ben Nevis

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The highest mountain in the British Isles standing at 1,346 metres. An iconic peak soaring over Fort Williams, if the weather allows be sure to try climb her lofty heights! I mean…I’ve only ever seen it covered in clouds, but you might have better luck!

#8: Highland Cows

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

What could be more iconic than Highland Cows (pronounced Coo’s in the local dialect!) .. These lumbering teddy bears dot the landscape so be sure to pull over and appreciate them! Would be rude not too right! Any more questions as to why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

#9: Glen Etive

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

A stunning valley hidden just off the main highland road . You would undoubtably pass right by this hidden paradise but that would be a mistake. A dead-end road, you will only find a few lost tourists down here but pack your picnic and enjoy these quiet splendour! You might also like to read 8 Reasons why Scotland is Perfect for Female Solo Travellers,

#10: James Bond SkyFall Location

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The location that inspired my entire travel here…Bond and M head into the misty valley preparing for their final show-down at SKYFALL, Bond’s childhood manor. While the manor does not actually exist the iconic shots of the Aston Martin up the valley do! Check out my separate post for the exact location!

#11: Glen Coe

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The deep valley and towering mountains of Glen Coe are the most iconic scenery in the Highlands and something which you could hardly miss if you tried. Carved out centuries ago by icy glaciers and volcanic explosions driving through these giants is an other-worldly experience and given the changeable weather, multiple trips provide a distinct experience each and every time!

#12: River Lochy Falls

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

A tucked away reserve just off the main road – Perfect to stretch your feet after a long drive. A silent forest envelopes you and leads you towards these picturesque falls. A perfect picnic spot which you will likely enjoy to yourself!

#13: Mallaig

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

A thriving port town made famous as being the Road to the Isles.But not to be skipped over this fascinating place has the atmosphere of a working fishing port but is also a perfect remote location to relax and unwind! Something here is always going on!

#14: Kilchurn Castle

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

A ruined castle surrounded by soaring mountains and boggy marsh land. At the head of Loch Awe, with the peak of Ben Cruachan visible; this was the original powerbase of Clan Campbell. A must see!

#15: Skye

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

The mythic island of Skye, filled with an ancient landscape and a dark history. The biggest of the Scottish Isles, I have dedicated an entire post here to her secrets! The final reason why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

BONUS : Loch Lommond

Why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland

One of the first lochs before you enter the highlands proper, this tranquil lake is an ideal destination to stop and relax. Enjoy a coffee, marvel at is vista and take a walk. Your on holiday so enjoy it!

So now you know why you need to go to the Highlands of Scotland! What are you waiting for …get booking those flight tickets! Need any help? Feel free to comment below… Also check out my other Scotland posts about Freedom Camping, Skye, Hogmanay in Edinburgh and the Isle of Muck! Or heck out this great guide to the Scottish Highlands in November. Have fun!

12 Comments

  • Chris August 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! Such a gorgeous place and you kicked it off perfectly, with just the right photo, fittingly in black & white (I think I associate grey and dark with the area).

    Loch Lomond just makes me think of reading old Tintin comics! lol

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    • jadk001 August 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks – The weather is so changeable right! One day was stunning blue skies and warm – I felt weird. Like this is not Scotland. One place I preferred grey / overcast!

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      • Chris August 7, 2016 at 11:49 pm

        It certainly seems more fitting 😉

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  • Vyjay Rao August 8, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Scotland is lovely and there are so many reasons to head out there. The landscape is stunning and it seems like close to heaven. I always for some reason find a mysterious aura about Scotland that is so bewitching.

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  • Matthew and Heather August 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Such a beautiful and moody place. We highly recommend it, too!

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  • Mar Pages August 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I love those Highland Cows, so cute! I always imagine Scotland to be both majestic and peaceful, can’t wait to enjoy that atmosphere on my own.

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  • backpackways August 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Such a stunning place, I am apparently traveling with a Scottish man who was describing the beauty of Scotland and this post has defined it totally. I am in love with the view of the Kilchurn Castle.

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    • Jordan Adkins - Inspired By Maps August 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

      I love how you are ‘apparently’ travelling with a Scotsman …with their accents how could you be unsure it is a very special place though…if only they got rid of the dam midges

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      • backpackways August 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

        He is infact a wonderful person. And I often use the word “apparently” so no hard feelings 😉

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  • evan kristine August 14, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I’d be dreaming tonight about Scotland thats for sure! I have been thinking of going for so long but for some reason I just never! I really should, do I? 😀

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    • Jordan Adkins - Inspired By Maps August 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

      You 100% should… as they say there is no time like the present. I still dream of Skye and Muck… such unique places!

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  • Maria August 15, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I’ve been dreaming of Scotland for a while now! Your pictures make me want to go even more! Especially the rainy grey and cool weather sounds very appealing to me right now, as I am stuck in 37-40 C weather in Texas 😉

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