Known locally as simply, the “Highlands” are lush, green, gorgeous (yet sparsely populated) areas of Scotland dominated by mountain ranges and other natural topography. Exotic wildlife roams free (sea birds, red squirrels, bottlenose dolphins et al) and the climate is rather interchangeable, often during one day, so there’s no “best time” to visit, it really depends on what you enjoy doing. Here are some popular areas to visit:
Aviemore and the Cairngorms: Aviemore is the popular vacation destination located within Cairngorms National Park. With activities suitable for all ages and abilities, this spot is a top tourist attraction in any season - from snow sports in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer. It is one of the most active areas in the Scottish highlands.
Ross and Cromarty: For any amateur geologists, Ross and Cromarty offer some of the oldest rock formations in Europe. Close your eyes and imagine what the rolling hills of Scotland look like - that’s pretty close to reality in Ross and Cromarty.
Lochaber: Lochaber’s “capital” – the Highland town of Fort William sits at the foot of the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. A large rural part of the western Scottish highlands, Lochaber has stunning, unspoiled landscapes with amazing views.
With so much habitable but private countryside, consider staying in a vacation rental when visiting the Scottish highlands. See the rolling hills, rock formations, and lush forestry as they were meant to be seen - as a local, with no filter. FlipKey has plenty of choices in the area for travelers looking for accommodations.