The Scottish Highlands
There are few places on earth that can claim to offer the rural ad rustic charm of the Scottish Highlands. The wilderness and majestic scenery of the UKs most northern country’s wilderness is a site to behold making highland holidays an attractive alternative to package resort holidays.
Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and one of the best places to explore this wilderness from. The highlands may sound as if it is a truly mountainous location though this is not necessarily true. The area is surrounded by many miles of coastline and numerous islands off this wonderful area.
Outside of Inverness visitors have a huge choice of holiday cottages in Scotland that cater for couples and groups of visitors eager to experience the highlands.
The Highland’s harsh weather has created a spectacular landscape with much to see. Skye, however is deservedly one of the most popular spots that is visited and offers breathtaking views and amazing rock formations on the Trotternish peninsula and also wonderful sheer face drops in the Cuillins. Skye is also well setup for tourists that wish to visit the area and offers numerous bars and hotels for them to lay their heads on and enjoy some good food in.
The flats of the Flow Country near Caithness and Sutherland offer tourists the chance to see a truly wild place that is untouched by human hands. These areas are as far away from mountainous as can be imagined and offer a haven for everything from dolphins to eagles. This area is certainly worth a visit if you want to see true tranquillity.
Scotland’s Highlands also serve as a great visiting point for adrenaline junkies and the areas high peaks and rustic geography are perfect for mountaineering, hardcore mountain biking or anything that involves ropes, speed and heights.
The highlands also offer some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Unlike paradises in Asia or South America, you can find yourself completely alone on a turquoise beach gazing across the sea in Scotland. The country’s rugged coast means that such beaches are ten a penny.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park offers further wilderness and tranquillity still. This area is Britain’s highest and most expansive mountain range. The areas mixture of beautiful lochs, astoundingly clean rivers and 1700 square miles of beauty make it one of the most amazing places to visit in the British Isles. The park often holds different events from ones dealing with outdoor pursuits such as hiking and canoeing to art installations and so aside from the beauty, there is something for everyone.
Glen Coe offers more beauty and is surrounded by guest houses and quaint hotels. The area also offers snow sports such as snowboarding and skiing in the winter and is a haven for trekking, climbing, biking and all the other outdoor adventure activities you can think of in the summer. Glen Coe is also only 14 miles South of Fort William and Ben Nevis for those who wish to climb the UKs highest peak.
Scotland’s Highlands offer beauty and activities, as well as fine food and places to stay and are truly a wonder you can only behold in the first person.