Unless you are prepared to spend weeks on the road, the Highlands are simply too vast to see in a single trip. Most visitors, therefore, base themselves in one or two areas, exploring the coast of hills on foot, and making longer hops across the interior by car.
Touring the Highlands of Scotland
Getting around the Highlands of Scotland, particularly the remote parts, is obviously the easiest if you have your own transport, but with a little forward planning you can see a surprising amount using local transport. It is worth remembering however that many parts of the Scottish Highlands comes to a halt on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and public service transport are sporadic at times and you may find that some shops will also close on Sunday.
The main road East through the Northern Highlands is the A9 that follows the Coast from Inverness to Wick and Thurso, with its connections to Orkney. One of the Highlands railways follows a similar route North. Connections to the West coast are more fragmented, the fastest way to Ullapool, one of the largest settlements in the region, is along the A835 from Inverness, but for a more scenic route if you have your own transport and more time to spare the much longer route following the coast from the South is well worth driving.
Fort William is a starting point for the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the fantastic A830 to Mallaig also known as the famous “Road to the Isles” where you can jump a ferry to the Isle of skye, the Small Isles and the Outer Isles. The other main route to Skye is along the central A87 past Eilean Donan Castle and onto Kyle of lochalsh. Both Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig are also served by spectacular train lines, services to Kyle leave from Inverness, and the Fort William to Mallaig route is part of the West Highland Railway.
If you prefer not to travel by car or by public transport you have many choices of private tours that can start from many of Scotland’s main cities and towns. so if you prefer to Tour Scotland with a specialist tour guide consider looking at some of our tours available here
Most all if you are driving through the Highlands especially on the remote roads through our Valleys and Mountains in Scotland, please take special care as some of the roads can become narrow with passing places and you need to take special caution, and be aware at all times, and if you see some fantastic scenery take your time and stop on one of the many lay-bys available to take in the wonders of the Scottish Highlands.