Scottish Highlands - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Scottish Highlands' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
The Scottish Highlands are the northern-most region of mainland Scotland, broadly defined as the area north of Ben Nevis in Lochaber region on the west coast of Scotland and the area west of the town of Nairn in Grampian region on the east coast in Moray-shire. The diversity of Highland geography and scenery are matched by the diversity of life, attractions and activities it offers. A strong, colourful and rich cultural history with much heritage and tradition still an important and active part of daily life forming a sustainable symbiosis alongside cutting edge innovation, commercial development and opportunity.
The island of Skye and it's neighbouring small isles including Canna, Rhum, Muck and Raasay are part of Highland region, but the larger offshore islands across the Hebrides to the west are classed as the Western Isles, "Na h-Eileanan Siar" in Gaelic, a geographic, administrative and jurisdictional region in their own right. The islands to the north of the Scottish mainland also form their own local regions, Orkney and Shetland.
The Highlands of Scotland contain some very famous sights like Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Skye. The only city in this area is the centrally located Inverness, with it's airport and excellent road and rail access.
The area is very popular with tourists seeking the wild and rugged areas. There are many peaks in the Highlands that reach above 3000 feet, and are called 'The Munros'. Many walkers and climbers visit the area particularly to climb these Munro mountains. Scotland has 248 Munro mountains, a number of the highest peaks lie in the Cairngorm Mountains and the Grampian Mountains. 12 of them are found on Skye.
If the climbing the mountains is not what you want out of a holiday in Scotland, then there are many beautiful lochs and glens hidden away to explore. Once out of the built up areas, vast expanses of the glens opens up with gently winding rivers rich in trout and salmon. The natural scenery and environment are arguably Scotland's greatest attraction, as such most areas offer conservation projects, outdoor activities, areas of special interest dedicated to wildlife, bird-watching, seals, otters, and many more.
And of course, the Highlands are famous for it's opportunities for photography!