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With dramatic mountains and glens, tranquil lochs, stunning beaches and glorious areas of wilderness, the Highlands are steeped in fascinating history and traditional culture, and provide the perfect backdrop for your next adventure.

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Celebrate the Year of Homecoming Scotland at Highland games, food and drink events and outdoor and nature festivals. Book your break in the Highlands now and remember to share your #brilliantmoments.

North Highlands’ Ancient Mysteries

You’ll always remember the brilliant moment when you first gazed across the 3,000 million year old wilderness of the North West Highlands Geopark. Further east, discover the Neolithic and Viking mysteries of Caithness.

Cairngorms Natural Wonders

Head for the UK’s largest National Park and spot rare wildlife in spectacular alpine habitats and amid ancient Caledonian pines. The Cairngorms Nature Festival in May offers great wildlife-watching opportunities, so don’t miss it!

Thrilling Adventures in Lochaber

Experience exhilarating moments in this, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Paddle past a colony of seals by the Arisaig Skerries, or spend time exploring the mountain bike trails around Nevis Range.

The Unique Heritage of Skye & Lochalsh

Discover a stronghold of Gaelic culture, unique history and striking landscapes in Skye. Explore the island’s history at the Museum of Island Life in Kilmuir, at the Clan Donald Centre in Sleat and at Dunvegan Castle.

Inverness & Nairn’s Delicious Larder

Dine in style at the Michelin-starred Boath House Restaurant in Nairn or select fresh local ingredients from farmers’ markets in Dingwall. Savour live music and drams at the Inverness Whisky Festival and sample a dram from Glen Ord Distillery in Muir of Ord.

Up for an adventure?

The Highlands offer great thrills for those who like a challenge. From Glen Coe to Torridon and the Cairngorms National Park, there are plenty of brilliant adventures to be had across the region.

Why not try your hand at mountain biking on the Highland Wildcat Trails in Golspie or ride a wave in Scotland’s surfing capital, Thurso?

If you like spectacular places, you can paddle the Great Glen Canoe Trail along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness, or take a short walk to Red Point beach near Gairloch for a spectacular sunset.

And if you’re inspired by the Ryder Cup, take a swing at some of our fabulous golf courses, from the ‘hidden gem’ of Traigh near Arisaig, with amazing views to the Small Isles, to the championship links courses of Castle Stuart and Nairn, overlooking the Moray Firth.

Discover a truly magical landscape

With awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastlines and beautiful glens, the Highlands provide the perfect habitat for spring wildlife. On the Highland Wild Coastal Trail, you’ll see some fascinating seabirds, including everyone’s favourite, the puffins.

Chanonry Point on the Black Isle is perfect for watching resident bottlenose dolphins breaching in the Moray Firth, and Gairloch in Wester Ross has idyllic sandy bays, which are well known for whale spotting.

Head to one of 17 Highland National Nature Reserves and enjoy a great day out in the fresh air, from the UK’s first Nature Reserve in Beinn Eighe, to perhaps the most beautiful of all Scottish glens, Glen Affric, home to large remnants of ancient Caledonian pine forest that once covered much of the Highlands.

Read more at http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/highlands/