From Caithness and the regions of Sutherland to Wester Ross and the Black Isles, the Northern Highlands are a feast for the hiker, walker and boater seeking to commune with nature. There are caves and lochs, distinctive architecture and archaeological finds.
Visit the Black Isle for the rural charm of small towns like Fortrose and Tain or the wilds nature offers, from watching dolphins at Cromarty and Avoch to bird watching at North Kessock. There's even a village, Strathpeffer, known as a spa town. Travel to Caithness and North Coast Sunderland for its unforgettable skyline at Ben Loyal by Tongue and the Scandinavian influence seen in the Viking archaeological sites. There's also a royal air with the Castle of Mey, where the late Queen Mother once called home. Farther inland is the Flow Country with its finger lakes, lochs and waterways.
The main urban center of the Highlands is Inverness, a modern outpost among the woods and moors. There are shopping squares and eateries and plenty of civilization. Not far away is the eerie and haunting Loch Ness, where a prehistoric creature is said to swim to this day in the shadow of Urquhart Castle and Fort Augustus.
Retire to the well-equipped Scottish cottages in between adventures. Or enjoy other accommodation options, such as camping, parks and lodges and apartments.
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