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The Highlands are pretty much everything you imagine about Scotland: a region full of beautiful and inspiring ancient scenery and amazing history. You can be a part of the wildlife, do all sort of fun outdoor activities, explore the magnificent mountains, lovely islands and the strips of coastline. The Highland will also seduce you with its mesmerizing lochs, enchanting sandy beaches and local produce, all set in a famous background such as Loch Ness and Ben Nevis.
The Highlands are located in the far North of Scotland and it includes six regions: the North Highlands, Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn, the Cairngorms National Park, Moray Speyside, Skye & Lochalsh and Fort William & Lochaber. The area has a dramatic beauty to it, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities and discovering the wildlife.
Your reason for travelling might be a romantic city break, a honeymoon, a weekend with your family, fishing or a golfing trip with the guys or simply a relaxing short break from the crowded city life. The accommodation will suit your needs and budget. The B&Bs are charming and lovely, all the way from Inverness to Fort William, it is a comfortable and personalized option and you will find one you will love. The hotels will welcome you with highly trained personnel and impeccable service. The best places in The Highlands are The Royal Hotel, Cluny Bank Hotel, Mackays Hotel, Uig Hotel Ltd, Carrbridge Hotel, Gen Mhor Hotel & Apartments, Bay Dronoch Hotel, Croit Anna Hotel. You may also want to consider Golspie Inn, Pathend B&B, Acorn Guest House, West House B&B, Glentower Lower Observatory, Highland Spirit B&B, Ornum House and Gairloch View.
Loch Ness is very close to Inverness, and it is world famous for the legends of the monster Nessie. It is also Scotland’s largest loch, 23 miles long and 700 feet deep. The many stories that appeared over the years and the claimed sightings of Nessie gave the locals the idea of establishing the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Uncover the culture, folklore and mystery of all the tales. A fantastic way to discover Loch Ness is a cruise to Urquhart Castle, a splendid ruin of the Great Glen Fortress.
After a few hours of exploring the main attractions, you will want to take a seat at a nice restaurant and see what Scotland has to offer, gastronomically speaking. You have many options, from the unique rural pubs to classy restaurants, all of them serving mouth watering delicacies made with fresh produce. Enjoy the local flavours at The Overscaig House Hotel, Kinlch Lodge Restaurant, Lauders Bar, The Granary, Nevis Range. Don’t miss Cawdor Tavern, Applecross Smokehouse, Lime Tree Restaurant, Th Grog & Gruel or The Anderson. The Malt Whiskey Trail is a journey through one of Scotland’s famous whiskey regions, Speyside. It is the only tour in the world of this kind, and you will not only sample the fine drink, but also go behind the scenes of renowned distilleries.
Other major attractions you should not miss in The Highlands are Elgin Cathedral, Nigg Old Church, Grantown Museum, Gairloch Heritage Museum, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Also, check out Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve, Handa Island, Knoydart, Highland Wildlife Park, Highland & Rare Breeds Park. There are also a lot of outdoor fun activities, whether you are experienced or a beginner: skiing and snowboarding in winter, climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and surfing. Make plans to discover Scotland, with all of its famous and amazing landscapes, awesome culture and stunning heritage and history.
It is a country where you will spend memorable moments, with sights, experiences and sounds that will be unforgettable, especially in 2015, declared the Year of Food & Drink. Come and try the wonderful local produce and the whiskey, of course.
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