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98 things to do in the Highlands

Home to stunning scenery, discover lots of things to do in the Highlands. With mountainous landscapes, wonderful beaches, historic castles,  and fascinating and gory history, there is so much to explore in the Highlands. For your next adventure head north. With a population of 75,000, Inverness is the most northerly city in Scotland.

HISTORY & CASTLES

In more turbulent times, the Culloden Battlefield is where the 1746 Jacobite Rebellion came to a brutal end, just over 5 miles from Inverness.  You can experience, the battle up-close, at the visitor centre’s 360-degree immersion theatre. The Highlands are served by a number of award-winning museums including Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Historylinks in Dornoch, Timespan in Helmsdale, and the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore.

On both the East Coast and West Coast, the Highlands are home to find some amazing castles. Two of the most famous are Dunrobin Castle in Golspie on the East Coast and Eilean Donan Castle at the Kyle of Lochalsh on the West.

CALEDONIAN CANAL

Stretching for almost 23 miles and reaching depths of over 650 ft, Loch Ness extends southwest of Inverness. Loch Ness forms part of the Caledonian Canal, which connects the east coast of Scotland at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. The town is a gateway to the West of Scotland and Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain is nearby. If your looking for one of the World’s best indoor ice climbing walls head to Kinlochleven, 21 miles from Fort William. For a spectacular journey, the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig takes in some amazing scenery including the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Discover Amazing Islands

On the Orkney Islands, you will discover one of Europe’s most important Unesco World Heritage sites. Explore Orkney’s Neolithic sites including Skara Brae, a village settlement over 5,000 years old.

The Isle of Skye features some of the most dramatic landscape and is renowned for its natural beauty and wildlife.  Explore fishing villages, word-class dining experiences or enjoy a wide number of outdoor pursuits.

ADVENTURE OUTDOORS

Explore the great outdoors – some of the best adventure opportunities exist in the Scottish Highlands. Ziplining in the Cairngorms across the ancient Caledonian forest, master some epic mountain bike trails, or check out some great watersport action. Golf fans are served by some of the top links courses, including the Championship Course at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club – voted one of the best in the World. According to records golf was first played in Dornoch in 1616.

If you’re looking for your next big cycle challenge why not tackle the famous North Coast 500 by road bike.  The route starts and finishes in Inverness. For something a little less energetic, there are karts, quadbikes and Segways in our Driving and Motorsports section.

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Are you looking for an interesting and alternative way to discover Inverness? Then explore the city by bike! Inverness Bike Tours operate between the months of March and October and will have you cover approximately 10 …

Are you a lover of the outdoors? We have just the Stack for you! Inverness has its very own Royal Botanic Gardens and it truly is a sight to behold! You will be immersed in the …

Looking for a historic day out in the Highlands? Known as the ‘Jewel in the crown of the Highlands’, Dunrobin castle is one of the largest and most beautiful intact castles in Scotland and only an …

Attention all fishermen or people who have a keen interest in fishing! At Craggan Outdoors, you can have a truly unique fishing experience. Nestled in the centre of a golf course, there are six man-made ponds …

Have you ever wanted to go fly fishing but never had the chance down at Assynt Fly Fishing they have an abundance of opportunities From small stream fly fishing for feisty little Wild Brownies and chasing …

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly a plane? Now’s your chance Funstackers! You can experience a twenty-minute flight where you have the opportunity, alongside a qualified instructor,  to take control of the plane, …

Explore the Dinosaur Kingdom in Scotland’s Biggest and best dinosaur experience all year round, there are 22 moving, roaring, realistic dinosaurs, you won’t be disappointed. Meet the terrifying T Rex, which is bigger than a double-decker …

Calling all aspiring Golfers! Fort William Golf Club warmly welcomes all of its visitors to try and navigate their course! Situated between Ben Nevis and the windy seas off the coast of The Highlands, this course …

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