If you’re planning a vacation in the Scottish Highlands, then a great start to planning your holiday would be to base yourself in the Highland capital, Inverness. From here you can access the beauty of the nearby scenic countryside in every direction and enjoy the culture and history of a vibrant and attractive city.
Travel to the Highlands
There are many ways to travel to the Highlands. If you’re travelling from outside the UK there are a few international flights arriving at Inverness airport, a short 7 mile trip from the city and many domestic flights from other parts of the UK including London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.. You can also fly on from Inverness to a number of Scottish islands like Shetland and Benbecula. Many people opt to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports and either hire a car or take the train enjoying the fantastic scenery on the journey to Inverness. Of course you can also spend some time in these bustling cities full of life and Scottish heritage and in sharp contrast to the peaceful Highlands.
Inverness has every option on accommodation whether you’re backpacking on a budget or ready to push the boat out on a 5* hotel. For a more personal approach there is a great selection of bed and breakfasts and guest houses competitively priced and offering excellent service. You’ll find exceptional attention to detail and a host glad to offer recommendations for days out.
What to see in the Highlands
There’s so many things to d0 and see in the Scottish Highlands, many guests return again and again. Whether you’re here to research your ancestry, take in the great outdoors, or visit the many local attractions there’s something for everyone. A must-see for most guests is of course Loch Ness and it’s famous inhabitant, Nessie. On the north side you can travel to Drumnadrochit which is 15 miles away and features the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and the fascinating Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. The south side of Loch Ness is a quieter route with some beautiful walks including Foyers falls and who can resist a trip to the Dores Inn, a wonderful country pub on the shores of Loch Ness. From Inverness you can do day trips to Orkney, the Isle of Skye or Fort William. You can also travel north to John O’Groats and reach the top of mainland Scotland by car or to Ullapool and the stunning scenery the west coast has to offer. Nearer to the city there’s Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle between England and Scotland, Cawdor Castle and dolphin-spotting on the Black Isle. For whisky lovers you don’t need to go too far for distilleries or you can make a whole holiday of distillery visiting. Glenmorangie, Glenmoray and Glangrant are not too far and you can find out more about Scottish produce at Johnstons of Elgin and Baxters of Speyside.
2014 is going to be an exciting year for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Year of Homecoming so time to start planning your Highland vacation now.