Explore the Breathtaking Scottish Highlands Must-See Places and Activities

Some of the Best Places to Visit on or around the North Coast 500 while visiting the Scottish Highlands

Explore Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore Inverness

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland. A succession of castles have stood on this site since 1057, although the present structure dates from 1836. The present structure is a Category A listed building.

Holidays in Inverness

Inverness Cathedral

Inverness Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew (1866–69), is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church situated in the city of Inverness in Scotland close to the banks of the River Ness.

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Historic Churches

The Old High Church is the oldest church in Inverness and stands on a low hill known as St Michael’s Mount. The present church was begun in 1770 to a design by George Fraser of Edinburgh but tradition says that St Columba preached from this hill by the banks of the River Ness in AD 565.

Highland Catsle Holidays

Cawdor Castle and Gardens

Cawdor Castle is a castle in the parish of Cawdor in Nairnshire, Scotland. It is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. Originally a property of the Calder family, it passed to the Campbells in the 16th century.

Urquhart Castle Holidays

Urquhart Castle Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle is a ruined castle that sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres (13 mi) south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of the village of Drumnadrochit.

Explore Loch Ness

Dores Beach loch Ness

Dores Beach is one of the best viewpoints of Loch Ness – from here you can see all the way down the famous Loch and you will see why this is a favourite spot for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie!

Explore Beauly and Dornoch Firths

Explore Dornoch

Historic Dornoch

Dornoch is a town, seaside resort, parish and former royal burgh in the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the east.

Dornoch Golf Holiday

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a golf club in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland. It is generally referred to as Royal Dornoch. The club has two 18-hole courses: the Championship Course and the Struie Course. The older Championship Course is a links course located on the Dornoch Firth.

Explore embo

Embo Beach

Located near the Dornoch Firth, this beautiful and clean sandy beach has free parking and facilities that include toilets with shops nearby. A network of paths will take you through the sand dunes where you can spot the local wildlife and take in the fantastic views.

Cromarty Holidays

Cromarty Lighthouse

Cromarty Lighthouse was established in 1846 to guide vessels in from the Moray Firth to the Cromarty Firth. The lighthouse guards the entrance to the Cromarty Firth on the northeastern tip of the Black Isle.

Explore Beauly

Village of Beauly

Beauly is a village in the Highland area, on the River Beauly, 5 miles (8 km) west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. The town is historically within Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness.

Distillery Holidays

Glen Ord distillery

Glen Ord distillery is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt scotch whisky distillery on the Black IsleThey produce a 12 year old, 15 year old and an 18 year old single malt.

Explore Aviemore, The Cairngorms and Speyside

Holidays in Speyside

Aviemore & The Cairngorms

Aviemore is a year round destination with snowsports being the popular winter activity and walking, climbing, biking, and a whole host of other activities the main summer draw. Aviemore is the active outdoor area of the Cairngorms National Park with activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

Holidays in Speyside

Glenfiddich distillery

Glenfiddich distillery is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky distillery owned by William Grant & Sons in the Scottish burgh of Dufftown in Moray. The name Glenfiddich derives from the Scottish Gaelic Gleann Fhiodhaich meaning “valley of the deer”, which is reflected in Glenfiddich’s stag

Holidays in Speyside

Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens

Ballindalloch Castle, known as the “pearl of the north”, is a Scottish castle located in Ballindalloch, Banffshire, Scotland. It has been the family home of Macpherson-Grants since 1546.