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Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands, Scotland (© magspace -
Eilean Donan Castle


The Highland council area is Scotland's largest and most thinly populated region (with only 9 inhab./km˛). It covers the greatest part of the Scottish Highlands.

Highland's administrative centre is Inverness (pop. 60,000), where over a quarter of the region's inhabitants live. It is one of the best ranked British cities for its quality of life, and is also one of Europe's fastest growing cities.

The Highlands are renowned for their dramatic natural scenery, in particular for the wild and rugged mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.

Scotland's most famous lake, Loch Ness, is the backbone of the Highlands, running over 37 km (23 mi) southwest of Inverness. Superbly sighted at the junction of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, the medieval castle of Eilean Donan is one of Scotland's most picturesque spots. Another familiar Highland scene is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured, among others, in the Harry Potter film series.



Castle & Gardens of Mey
Castle & Gardens of Mey (photo by Thomas Froese - - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany)
outstanding Castle & Gardens of Mey


Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle (photo by Snowmanradio - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
must-see Dunrobin Castle

Inverness & Nairn

Glen Coe
Glen Coe (© Douglas McGilviray -
outstanding Glen Coe
Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis in Inverness-shire, the highest mountain in the UK (© JAC |
very good Ben Nevis

Cawdor Castle & Gardens
Cawdor Castle & Gardens (photo by Mihael Grmek - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Cawdor Castle & Gardens
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct (© Robert Neumann -
very good Glenfinnan Viaduct

Inverness Castle (photo by dave conner - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good Inverness

Other attractions

good Culloden Battlefield
good Fort Augustus
very good Glenelg
very good Inverewe Garden
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle (© setimino -
very good Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle (ruins)

Ross & Cromarty

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich, Scotland (© a.ghizzi -
outstanding Eilean Donan Castle
Torridon Hills
Torridon Hills (photo by Marion Boyle - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good Torridon Hills

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