The Scottish Highlands Points of Interest and Places to Visit

The Scottish Highlands

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Glencoe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3564 Reviews

Bordered by steep, waterfall-threaded mountains, this dramatic glen is the stuff of Scottish postcards. Though it has historical significance—it was the site ...  Read more

Rannoch Moor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1544 Reviews

With its expanse of heather-speckled moors, peat bogs and mist-veiled lochs, Rannoch Moor offers an enchanting introduction to the wild scenery of the ...  Read more

Melrose Abbey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 456 Reviews

Even in its ruined state Melrose Abbey exudes an air of authority. The site, a product of the 12th-century ecclesiastical building boom, was built for the ...  Read more

Orkney Islands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 399 Reviews

Separated from the northern tip of mainland Scotland by the choppy waters of the Pentland Firth strait, the Orkney Islands are an archaeological wonderland. ...  Read more

Skara Brae

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

In 1850, a wild storm engulfed the isle of Orkney, ripping the grass from the Skara Brae sand dune to reveal 5,000-year-old stone dwellings. Older than the ...  Read more

Italian Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

When 550 Italian soldiers were captured in the scorching North African desert back in 1942, it must have caused them quite a shock to be sent in winter to the ...  Read more

Isle of Islay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is Scotland’s fifth-largest island and lies off the country’s west coast in the Inner Hebrides. Avid birdwatchers ...  Read more

Standing Stones of Stenness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Old Norse for “Stone Headland,” the towering Standing Stones of Stenness are truly giant, some shooting up to 19 feet tall. Recent research suggests that the ...  Read more

Great Glen Way

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Running from coast to coast through the heart of the Scottish Highlands, there are few better introductions to Scotland’s wild north than the Great Glen Way. ...  Read more

Maeshowe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Maeshowe is a chambered tomb in northern Scotland that is more than 5,000 years old. It is considered to be the finest Neolithic building in northwest Europe ...  Read more

Scapa Flow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

In the Orkney Islands between the North Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, Scapa Flow is one of the great natural harbors of the world. Used since Viking times, ...  Read more

Culloden Battlefield

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 144 Reviews

The Culloden Battlefield was the site of one of the last battles to take place on British soil. On April 16, 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of 5,000 ...  Read more

Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 61 Reviews

The Clava Cairns—or the Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava—are all that remains of what was once a much larger Bronze Age burial complex. Dating ...  Read more

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 822 Reviews

With 720 square miles (1,865 sq km) of lush mountain valleys, mist-shrouded lochs and shady woodland trails, the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park is ...  Read more

Ring of Brodgar

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Among the tall green grass and purple heather between Loch Harray and Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar standing stones thrust from the earth like rusting giants’ ...  Read more

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