Snow capped mountains tower above heather laden hills. The Scottish Highlands are home to a plethora of waterfalls, one of which flows into Loch Ness with its legendary monster. Wild deer roam the vast forests with soaring fir trees piercing the skyline. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, ideal for solo travel. There is so much to see and do, a lot of which is free….
Where to stay
The Scottish Highlands offers a number of places to stay including rural areas to pitch a tent, eco friendly glamping pods, bed and breakfast accommodation or swanky hotels.
I can highly recommend a stay at The Pottery House for excellent bed and breakfast accommodation. It is well located for visiting many points of interest, directly overlooking world famous Loch Ness.
There are an abundance of activities and points of interest in the local area, many of which are free, others priced between £8-15 including…
- A Loch Ness cruise
- Ben Nevis – Enjoy a walk around or up Britain’s highest mountain
- Visit the city of Inverness with its shops, castle, art gallery, museum and Victorian market place
- Ruthven Nature Reserve
- Falls of Foyer
- Culloden Battlefield – an historic burial site
- Clava Cairns – a bronze age burial site
- Urquhart Castle
- Dolphin watching at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle
- Munlochy Clootie Well to take part in a Celtic tradition
- Wildlife spotting … Highland cows, sheep, mountain goats, deer, buzzards and more…
Quintessentially Scottish favourites including haggis, shortbread and whisky just have to be sampled. I can recommend the following places for some delicious food…
- The Waterfront – A traditional Scottish Gastro Pub with exciting dishes and whisky tasting flights!
- Dores Inn – Outstanding food by Dores beach overlooking Loch Ness, This family run pub serves local and International dishes
- The White House – A brasserie in central Inverness, ideal for a drink, lunch or evening meal. It offers traditional Scottish dishes and pub favourites
- Cameron’s Tearooms and Farm Shop – Delicious home baking for breakfast and lunch serving a range of paninis, soups, cakes and scones
How to get to the Scottish Highlands
Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands. It has an airport, train and bus station, offering 3 convenient ways to travel to the area.