10 Unusual Things to Do and See in the Scottish Highlands

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Scotland is full of unique, different and, at times, downright weird things to see and do — and the Highlands are no exception. Here we share 10 odd things you should definitely consider seeing on your visit, from an ancient tree to a giant parking place for oil rigs, by way of the shortest street in the world.

1. Visit a distillery (not just whisky…)


Scotland is rightly famed for whisky, but these distilleries are not the only ones available for a visit. At Dunnet Bay Distillery you can learn all about how their award-winning Rock Rose gin is crafted, from the botanicals involved to the still (named Elizabeth) and you even get to try a sample. Of course there’s nothing stopping you visiting the nearby Old Pulteney whisky distillery too!

Head to the true north

John O’Groats attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, yet it is not truly the furthest point north on the UK mainland. This honour lies with Dunnet Head, a few miles west, which is well worth a visit in its own right. Not only can you say you have been as far north as you can get, but the views and cliffs are spectacular.

Churning Seas at Dunnet

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