Why you should travel to the Scottish Highlands

With its grand landscapes of rugged mountains, lush valleys, and vast tranquil lochs, the Scottish Highlands have long inspired those who pass through, from historical figures to filmmakers, who have contributed to the stories this landscape has to tell.

Read on to discover why you should travel to the Scottish Highlands and what to see there.

Loch Ness

This famous loch stretches across 20 miles and reaches 700 metres at its deepest point. Perhaps the sheer size of this lake makes the stories of the Loch Ness Monster that much more believable to the many people who think there’s truth in the legend.

But the lake has plenty to offer the non-believers, too, with boat trips across the tranquil water, scenic surroundings to hike through, and small villages to explore, including Fort Augustus, which sits on the southern tip of Loch Ness, close to the Great Glen Way.

Great Glen Way

Spanning the entire expanse of the Scottish Highlands, over 100 kilometres from coast to coast, The Great Glen Way follows the natural course of a vast fault line that divides the Scottish highlands.

By exploring small sections of the Great Glen, visitors can see some of the dramatic scenery the Highlands are famous for, including the forested landscape surrounding Loch Ness. Many people set out on hikes from Fort Augustus.


Stirling draws many visitors in for its medieval castle, which overlooks the rest of the city. By stepping into the castle’s Royal Palace, visitors are met with an engaging insight into its history, with costumed performers adding a touch of drama to the experience. Other Stirling Castle sections open to exploration include The Great Kitchens and Regimental Museum.

Outside the castle walls, wander through Stirling’s Old Town and visit The National Wallace Monument, a tower erected on a hilltop near Stirling in honour of Sir William Wallace.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond has the impressive claim of being the largest body of water on the mainland of the United Kingdom, surrounded by the mountains and glens of The Trossachs, which together are encompassed within Scotland’s first national park, along with the small village of Aberfoyle.

Situated on the banks of the River Forth, this village is within a section of the national park called Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. While exploring Aberfoyle, take a look inside the Trossachs Discovery Centre before setting off into the surrounding parkland.


Glencoe is often regarded as the Highland’s most scenic glen, with dramatic mountains, tumbling waterfalls, and the vast open moorland of The Great Moor of Rannoch. But it’s also highly regarded as the place where Celtic hero Fingal made his home.

In fact, the land here has a long and rich history to reveal, and in more recent times, it made history again by becoming the film set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Fort William

As the largest town in the Highlands – second in size only to the city of Inverness – Fort William is an ideal base for further exploration of the wild local landscape, especially as the town is overlooked by Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Walk along the shores of Loch Linnhe, which the town lies alongside, and take a trip on The Jacobite steam train that became the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter.

The Famous Grouse Experience

The Glenturret Distillery is Scotland’s oldest whisky producer, making it the ideal setting for delving into the traditions surrounding Scotch whisky.

Situated in the town of Crieff, which lies at the foot of The Highlands, the distillery experience is easily combined with time spent exploring the Scottish landscape. Join in on tours and tastings, and tuck into local produce at the distillery’s restaurant, Wilde Thyme.

If you’re looking for an escape to the wilderness, a tour of the Scottish Highlands is the right choice. Coupled with Edinburgh, this region of Scotland is the perfect way to plug off for a few days.