Edinburgh RECOMMENDATIONS See all

Scottish Highlands Castles

By Viator, December 2014

5 935 Reviews | Add your review

Famed for their lush greenery, sweeping views, and pristine landscape, the Scottish Highlands certainly live up to their billing. A plethora of picturesque views saturate the landscape, making the area one of the most beautiful places on earth. Numerous mountain ranges dominate the region, giving way to ethereal lochs and a harsh but beautiful coastline. One could spend weeks traversing and enjoying everything the Highlands have to offer.  

Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park is the ideal place to immerse oneself in the Scottish Highlands. Less than a decade old, the 1,700 square miles of breathtaking landscape that comprise Cairngorms make it the largest national park in the British Isles, with plans for expansion still in the works. The park is perfect for hiking, biking, canoeing, and countless other outdoor activities. Also, check the local calendar, as Cairngorms is home to hundreds of festive countryside events and celebrations of Scottish culture.

The Isle of Skye

After you’ve had your fill of Cairngorms, head northwest to The Isle of Skye. Rated one of the best islands in the world by National Geographic Magazine, Skye is home to iconic striking peaks and arrestingly sheer seaside cliffs. Portree, the largest city on the island, makes an ideal hub for exploration. Be sure to visit Portree’s quaint harbor and take a hike through Trotternish Ridge to get an eyeful of the Scottish landscape. Finally, visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, featured in such films as The World Is Not Enough and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

The West Highland Line

From Portree, make your way southeast to the coastal town of Armadale, and take the ferry across to Mallaig. After roaming around this bustling fishing village, hop on the famed Hogwarts Express steam train to Fort William, otherwise known as The West Highland Line, one of the most scenic in the world.  This line crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct, a sight made famous by its frequent appearance in the Harry Potter franchise.  

Tours & Tickets

See all

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 205 Reviews

Take the high road to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a small group day trip from Glasgow. You'll travel through beautiful Glencoe, admire the ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.73

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style and enjoy a wee dram of whisky on a small-group tour from Glasgow. With a maximum group size of 16 ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.02

7-Day Scotland Tour from Edinburgh: Highlands, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and 'Jacobite Steam Train'

Enjoy an ultimate 7-day Scotland tour from Edinburgh, and discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands as well as whisky, wildlife and history aplenty! Ride ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,301.32

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 246 Reviews

Lochs and castles what could be more Scottish? Take this small-group day trip from Edinburgh to the Scottish west coast and you'll discover the real Scotland! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.38

West Highland Lochs, Glencoe and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? You'll travel through the picturesque highlands passing through the haunting Glencoe and ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.97

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 239 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.20

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 113 Reviews

Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $206.56

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

See it all on a grand five-day tour of the Highlands of Scotland by minivan - from the ancient Cairngorms and vibrant Inverness to the romantic beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $729.31

Stirling Castle Entrance Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit Stirling Castle with an entrance ticket and explore one of Scotland’s finest historic sites at leisure. The former royal residence is steeped in Scottish ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $22.24

Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles

Spend four amazing days exploring the natural beauty and historic treasures of the island of Mull and surrounding areas. You’ll visit Calgary Bay, the islands ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $586.31

See all Scottish Highlands Castles Tours & Tickets

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message