The Scottish Highlands include the rugged and mountainous areas of Scotland. It is sparsely populated, and is home to a quarter of a million inhabitants spread throughout the area. The Scottish Highlands is an interesting place to visit because of its big cultural difference from other cultures. In fact, they are very different from their brothers of the Scottish Lowlands! The inhabitants in the Highlands are culturally distinct because of their long history, strong cultural legacy, and their Gaelic language.
Here are some of the top places you should visit while in the Scottish Highlands:
• The Loch Ness
The Loch Ness is among the most popular and most visited site thanks to its mythical dweller, the Loch Ness Monster. Here, thousands of people hope to spot the beloved Nessie.
The Loch Ness also have the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre where you can learn more about the monster and look at their handsome display of Loch Ness photos.
Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Here, you can shop, watch a movie, or enjoy their shows and events. The Inverness also has the 14th century Cawdor Castle (where according to urban myth, a ghost in a blue velvet dress dwells) and the Tomatin Whiskey Distillery. You can take a dip at the beach at Narin, or maybe even do dolphin watching.
• Red Squirrels
These small, red squirrels are now on the brink of extinction. These red squirrels can be seen in the Highlands, particularly at Carrbridge’s Landmark Forest Theme Park. The theme park offers fun water rides and trails, perfect for the whole family.
Ptarmigan is Great Britain’s highest elevated restaurant, rising around 3,600 feet above sea level. It is located at Cairngorm Mountain. To go here, you can travel by road from Aviemore, which is about 9 miles away.