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Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

By Viator, April 2015

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The Scottish Highlands are one of Europe's last great wilderness areas. Some come for the sweep of desolate, rugged beauty guaranteed to take your breath away. Others enjoy taking in the history of the castles and the Gaelic traditions that connect the area to its storied past. If Scotland triggers thoughts of tartan and kilts for you, you're dreaming of the Highlands.

Think Highlands and you'll think of wild, windswept hills and cliffs plunging into ice-cold lochs. Take in spectacular views of the mysterious of Scotland's most famous lakes: Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Explore the area's national parks on foot or by bike along its many dedicated trails and paths. Revel in the romance of historic castles and manors such as Stirling and Dunrobin, breathe in the calm of villages like Pitlochry and Kylesku, or sample some of the world's finest whiskies.

The Highlands fling starts within a just a couple of hours' drive from Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is close enough to make the beauty of the central Highlands accessible to anyone with just a day to spare. The area becomes increasingly spectacular the further north you travel.

In summer, experience the color and energy of the unique Scottish Highlands Games on a day trip from Edinburgh. Dating back more than 900 years, games highlights include Highlands dancing, pipe band displays, tug-of-war, wrestling and, of course, tossing the caber. The Games are held in different regions throughout the year, with the most famous held in Braemar in late summer.

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