Scotland has so much to offer visitors and to really capture the country’s history and beauty you will need to take a trip to the Highlands.
The lochs and mountains of the Highlands are a natural beauty that can rival any landscapes in the world. The Cairngorms National Park is Britain’s largest National Park and is home to some of the most impressive wildlife and forests in Europe.
The north of Scotland is particularly popular for outdoor activities including mountain biking with the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup being an annual event held every June in Fort William. Skiing and snowboarding is equally as popular with several popular ski centres in the highlands. In recent years the weather has been extremely kind for fans of these kinds of activities with the skiing season being extended.
You can also try and find the world famous Loch Ness Monster if you visit Loch Ness in Inverness. A great city that has everything you could ask for and is surrounded by breath taking landscapes and attractions.
For those looking to enjoy a more relaxing trip up north there is the world renowned Scotch whisky distilleries that produce the most sought after blends in the world. Distillery tours are a must for any whisky aficionado where you can learn the history of the distillery as well as get a taste at the end. Having the opportunity to listen to an expert describe the taste of a whisky can open your senses to the subtleties between blends and make you enjoy it even more.
People wanting to learn more about Scottish history can find great centres and landmarks in the north of the country. With a vast array or relics and monuments as well as old battlefields you will be struggling to find the time to fit it all in.
You can walk the battlefield of Culloden and find out more about the history in the visitor centre or visit the 18th century Fort George. You can find out more about the indigenous people of Scotland, the Picts by following the Pictish Trail between Inverness and Golspie as well as seeing the incredible relics left behind such as the incredible Sueno’s Stone in Forres.
To find out more about an important and infamous part of Scottish history, the Highland clearances, the Strathnaver Museum can help. The Highland Archive Centre can be found in Inverness for people with Scottish roots that want to track their family line.
Although the Scottish weather doesn’t tend to lend itself to sun seekers there are a number of truly beautiful beaches where you can enjoy surfing and kayaking as well as nature watching from seals to dolphins.
You will never be lost without something to do in the Highlands of Scotland with a number of active breaks as well as relaxing spa breaks available. Because of the rich history and stunning landscapes it is easy to see why the north of Scotland is fast becoming one of Europe’s most desirable destinations to visit.
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