The Highlands of Scotland are full of things to do, whether majestic wild places to explore, ancient castles to marvel at, or small towns and villages crammed with local colour, fresh locally-sourced food, and fascinating histories and culture. Here is a wee selection of just a few ideas for your next Highland adventure.
Built at the end of the 19th century, this tower was never finished to John McCaig’s original design. Instead it houses a beautiful garden and affords wonderful views over the wee town of Oban and beyond.
These fluffy coos need little introduction. They are to be found all over the Highlands, and come in several different colours, as can be seen below. Driving around the back roads of Scotland, it is a common sight to see people pulled over and taking selfies with these friendly beasts!
Until recently this small town was overlooked, as visitors rushed north to catch the ferry to Orkney. However, this is changing, and with good reason. Wick has a long history and a wonderful museum to showcase it all. A walk around the former herring town is fascinating and includes the shortest street in the world. In winter this is also an excellent place to try and catch the northern lights (or Merry Dancers, as they are known in this part of the world).
In a word, vast! This huge cave is near to Durness on the far north-western coast of the Highlands and features an array of fascinating geological features (an underground waterfall and lake being just two!). Although entry to the cave is free and it is open all year, in order to get the most from the experience it is worth joining a tour, which operates from April to September.
Ullapool is a popular spot for refuelling, whether refilling cars to make the epic journey further north, or for filling your stomach. There is a ferry west to Stornoway, and attractions in the area include the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge, a local heritage museum and both a book festival and a music festival, the wonderfully-named Loopallu.