Scottish Highlands was the only region in the UK that made the cut in the list of ‘the best travel list for 2019’ by Lonely Planet, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re an enthusiast of hiking majestic mountains, a fan of floating mist-covered lochs, Mind-blowing landscapes and exploring ancient mountains then the Scottish Highlands are exactly what you need.
The region is sparsely populated, busting with a rich history, culture, plus natural beauty to behold. Check out some of loveliest places you would wish to be in the Scottish Highlands.
Best places to visit in Scottish Highlands
1. Ben Nevis in Fort William
Ben Nevis is the peak of the highest mountain in Britain dangling at the height of 4046 feet. Obviously, at such a height the peak is mostly covered in heavy mist. Although it can be reached easily as long as the weather is in favour, a drive to Glen Nevis is a better idea where you can see the stunning waterfall. At the bottom of the mountain stands the Fort William which offers endless shopping options.
2. Gairloch Heritage Museum
If you happen to be a history geek, this museum can be your go-to place. This small yet charming museum has all the olden day demonstrations of butter-churning, corn-milling and a lot more. You can visit to have a taste of history, immense in the fun and appreciate the present day technology.
This highland peninsula boasts the sweetest villages, rugged mountains and some of the best roads in the country. If you follow it, you’ll meet up with a strand of astounding white sand which is almost poetic.
Glenmore is home to a history center which hosts a ‘living building’ while Acharacle is a famous hang out of musicians. You can also catch a ferry to Mull.
4. The road to Applecross
To reach to this coastal village- trust me you’ll be driving on immense adrenalin. The road goes up over 2000 feet switchbacks and twisty-turns all the way till the pass of the ship. If you have height phobia this route is probably not fit for you but if you can sacrifice your comfort for views, then the view across the Skye is definitely magnificent and worth every sacrifice.
It’s pretty much likely you’ll travel through this vast valley (which is probably Scotland’s most sublime) towards Fort William. The mighty Munros reach for the clouds and it’s particularly arresting when you view them soon after passing the barren wilderness of Rannoch Moor.
As the road twists and curls at edges of plummeting gorges, you may need to stop on this picturesque route and take hundreds of photos for reminiscence though none will truly do this stunning trail justice.
6. The Jacobite Steam train
You may want to ditch your car and travel into the Scottish Highlands along the West Highland line. Well, you may have to push your way through to your sit amid the flurry and eager Harry Potter’s fans but whatever, as long as you ride on the most scenic train route in the world!
Be sure to book a left-hand window preferably in first class to have a great view of Loch Shiel and the poignant Glenfinnan monument- here is a tribute of the people who died while fighting the Jacobite cause.
7. Isle of Mull
From emerald mountain slopes to the main town Tobermory surrounded by colourful buildings which line its pretty harbour, this is a place you can’t afford to miss. This is a perfect place to jump off the isle and embark on a trip to whale-spot.
Best places to stay in Scottish Highlands
When it comes to accommodation in Sottish Highlands it’s not all fire, logs and lolling Labradors. There’s a wide range of options and only your taste can help you decide. From hotels and tree houses to Wigwams and Celtic castles you are spoiled for choice but we can offer a hint!
1. Glenfinnan House Hotel, Glenfinnan
Glenfinnan hotel is located on the idyllic
and stunning shores of Loch Shiel with views towards the Glenfinnan monument.
In a true country style, the Jacobite-themed
painting and fresh flower bring the whole place to life.
Escape to the unmatched beauty of the highlands with a stay at this hotel with beautiful surrounding, peace, and tranquillity. The staff is friendly and the food is to die for. The dog-friendly feature is a bonus!
2. Culdearn House, Grantown
Next to woodland, this country-style hotel is warm, welcoming and a delight to arrive at. They offer a four-course dinner that’s ever changing to break monotony and whiskey aficionados have a huge list of single barrels casks and fine malts to choose from since the hotel is on the trail of Speyside Malt Whisky.
It’s a traditional kind of a hotel, very relaxing and with an abundance of books to borrow.
3. Pool House, Poolewe
Pool House is a simple and quirky family guesthouse on the shores of Loch Ewe. This 300-years-house is the epitome of a boutique hotel and situated in an amazing place where you can watch otters from your window, stare at potter around the garden and then dine in the beautiful nautical-themed dining hall with hand painted stars on the ceiling and seven-foot gilded compass.
Best places to eat in Scottish Highlands
For the love of food check out the following restaurants that feature unbeaten flavours found in major cities but at the fraction of the price.
1. The Pier
The most appealing thing about this
restaurant is their ever-changing menu that features what’s in season and fresh. Quality defines this café with
remarkable service and awe-inspiring view of the loch behind.
The wine list is impressively large plus
the vegan and vegetarian menu options cater to all kind of personalities.
It’s situated at the heart of the highlands and you can pop in for quick energy refuel if you’re visiting Fall of Shin which happens to be nearby.
2. Salt seafood kitchen
Salt overlooks the Loch Broom and it’s probably the best place to treat your taste buds with seafood. Depending on the catch and season the menu here changes from time to time with lobster, a hearty seafood platter or crabs being top dishes.
Tempted enough? Yeah, this is a beautiful place and a must on your bucket list. Hope you’ll check The Scottish Highlands off your list pretty soon. Safe travels globetrotter!