The Scottish Highlands is the rugged northern and north-western portion of Scotland. This is the Scotland conjured up by visions of tartan, kilts, Bonnie Prince Charlie and all.
Cities and Towns
The Scottish Highlands contains some of Europe's most extensive wilderness areas, some of which have been proclaimed as National Parks:
In nearly all areas of the Scottish Highlands, Scottish Gaelic or 'Gaidhlig' is spoken by some locals, particuarly in the Outer Hebrides, however, everyone speaks English fluently and will be happy to converse in it.
The main airport serving the Scottish Highland region is Inverness Airport , with scheduled flights to destinations around Scotland and England as well as international scheduled flights to Dublin and Dusseldorf. There are smaller airports within the Scottish Highland region at Campbeltown and Oban that offer scheduled service to connecting flights in Glasgow; as well as Wick Airport which offers connecting flights to Edinburgh Airport and Stornoway Airport that can be reached from scheduled services to/from Aberdeen Airport.
First Scotrail offers highland service from Glasgow and Edinburgh (via Perth) and Edinburgh (via Aberdeen) north towards Inverness several times a day. The West Highland Railway runs from Glasgow's Queen Street Station is offered to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig. There is Caledonian Sleeper Service available from London's Euston Station to/from Fort William and Inverness both via Edinburgh. This overnight service must be booked in advance.
Scottish Citylink offers frequent service along major Scottish Highland highways from bases in Glasgow, Perth and Inverness. West Coast Motors offers service throughout the Argyll and Bute region as well as to Glasgow's Buchanan Street Station. Rapsons Coaches offers frequent regional service from their Inverness base. Some communities are served by the Royal Mail's Postbus service.
There are numerous highways from the Central Scotland region into the Scottish Highlands. One of the most scenic involves the drive along Loch Lomond, out to Oban then north toFort William and along Loch Ness to Inverness.
Scottish Citylink, West Coast Motors and Rapsons should help to get you moving around the region if you are not in a car. Air service means connections in Glasgow while there are only a few train lines through the region.
Many of the roads, especially in the more remote areas of the North West are single track with passing places. Driving there is a pleasure.
Hitchhiking is a good way to get around in the Highlands, but has two significant downsides. First, the road network is quite sparse in places. Also, many of the country roads that do exist have very low traffic density.
Eilean Donan castle is one of the most recognized castles in the world. It has appeared in many films including "Highlander" and James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough"
Try hiking one of the long distance footpaths that cross the Highlands:
Try cycling the highlands, especially:
Hike in the Torridon mountains.
The Cairngorms National Park - located within the heart of the Grampian Mountains
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