Top 3 things to do in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands region is known for its outstanding natural beauty, and is favoured by holidaymakers who are looking to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of an unspoilt rural location.

However, even though it might conjure ideas of quiet and unassuming villages where nothing much happens, it is actually home to many exciting and unique activities.

1. Play some of the world’s best golf courses

Scotland is the home of golf, and it may come as no surprise that the Highlands is home to historical and prestigious courses with some of the most breath-taking backdrops imaginable.


Castle Stuart, east of Inverness by nick macneill

Castle Stuart, Inverness, which has hosted the Scottish Open since 2011, is a must-visit, offering players a view across the Moray Firth as they negotiate the tricky greens.

Keen players are well-advised to book a specialist golfing break with Golf Kings, so that they can stay at the best resorts and secure tee-off times on the most impressive courses.

2. Take a ride on the West Highland Line

The West Highland Line offers one of the most famous and exciting rail journeys in the world, weaving through the remote and unspoilt areas of western Scotland to offer spectacular views.

Perhaps best known for being the filming location for the Hogwarts Express train trip in the Harry Potter movies, nature-lovers and film fans alike are sure to love the journey.

3. Climb Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, and is one of the Scottish Highlands’ most famous attractions, drawing those who wish to conquer the summit.

However, you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to visit – there are plenty of walks available of varying difficulty, meaning that anyone can enjoy the scenic and tranquil environment.

Ben Nevis Sunset by Jim Grant (Creative Commons)

Ben Nevis Sunset by Jim Grant (Creative Commons)

There is even the opportunity to enjoy bird’s eye views without breaking a sweat thanks to the mountain’s gondola system, which reaches 2,150 ft elevation.