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The Scottish Highlands is a term given to the mountainous areas of Scotland that are to the west and the north of the Highland Boundary Fault. This region is the perfect holiday destination for tourists looking for a relaxed holiday or an action packed adventure. The area features dramatically different landscapes, making it the habitat for various plant and animal species. The Scottish Highlands are especially steeped in culture and traditions that spring forth from its unique history.
The Highlands are particularly famous for their natural attractions and offer visitors a wide range of stunning views. Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the British Isles is located in this area. From gorges to peculiar rocky features, ancient woodlands and even some beaches, the landscape of the Scottish Highlands has a little bit of everything. Visitors to this region are especially advised to visit the Corrieshalloch Gorge, the Falls of Glomach in Kintail and the curiously stacked rock feature known as the Old Man of Storr. To admire the beautiful forests and woodlands, one must visit Speyside which is home to the pinewood, or make a trip to Ardnamurchan which features a temperate rainforest.
The best time to visit this wonderful location is either in spring or early summer. During this season, tourists can indulge in various activities from hill-walking to golfing, fishing, cruising, orienteering, and water sports or even shooting. For tourists who would prefer a more leisurely holiday, the Highlands have excellent country house hotels and hideaways as well as a number of spas.
In regards to cuisine, the Scottish Highlands have a wealth of resources. Inverness is famous for its delicatessens which are made up of Highland cheeses and mushrooms. In Moray, one can find a variety of seafood dishes made from lobsters and mussels. The areas around Nairn and Inverness also host a wide range of Food and Drink Festivals that are well worth visiting.
Any guide to the Scottish Highlands would be incomplete without a mention of the famous Scotch Whiskey which is Scotland’s National drink. In Gaelic, whiskey is known as “uisge beatha” or water of life. There are whiskey distilleries located all over Scotland and the most famous are the Ben Nevis Distillery and the Pulteney Distillery located in Lochaber and Wick respectively. Most distilleries offer tastings and tours for visitors. Whiskey enthusiasts should go on the Malt Whisky Trail in Moraywhich is comprised of a visit to eight distilleries and one cooperage, which is where the wooden casks to store whisky are produced.
By: Paul Symonds