Things to do in the Scottish Highlands.

There are so many things to do in the Highlands of Scotland. Whilst good weather cannot be guaranteed (and most of these are outdoor activities) they can all still be enjoyable even in a bit of rain.

  1. Climb Ben Nevis.

This is by no means an easy task unless you are super fit or a regular hiker but it gives you the bragging rights to having scaled the highest mountain in Britain. I would recommend a good pair of hiking boots as the terrain towards the top is pure shale and had me slipping and sliding all over the place.img_3511img_3512

  1. Take a different hike.

If Ben Nevis is not on your radar than there are plenty of other routes for all ability levels. One good area for this is Glencoe which is extremely beautiful.img_3201-1p1000828-1

  1. Visit the Isle of Skye.

There are varied options for activities on Skye. You could go fairy hunting at the fairy pools, hike to Old Man o’ Storr, take in the cute, colourful port town of Portree or wander round a historic castle like Dunvegan.img_3074-1img_3550

  1. Pretend to be in Harry Potter.

A visit to the iconic Glenfinnan viaduct is a must for any fan of JK Rowling’s world of wizardry. This can be done either by viewing it whilst exploring the surrounding countryside at ground level or if you don’t mind spending a bit then you can go on a train over the viaduct. Either gives you good fan points.img_3150-1img_3171-1

  1. Take in Loch Ness.

See if you can spot Nessie on a trip around the Loch or if you fancy take a boat ride. There are lots of points of interest surrounding it such as Urquhart Castle that make for a great day out.img_2966-1img_2999-1

  1. Hurtle down a hill on a bike.

Mountain biking is available all around the highlands including in the Nevis range. Bikes can be hired on arrival and there are routes for all difficulty levels. It is an exhilarating rush to twist and turn down the mountain on two wheels but good suspension is a must!

  1. Go white-water rafting.

Although it doesn’t have the biggest rapids in the world the River Garry is perfect for a family morning (or afternoon) to enjoy some good laughs.

  1. Visit a distillery.

Scotland is famous for whisky so it seems only polite to have a look around where it is brewed and partake in a cheeky tasting session. There are so many to choose from but I can personally vouch for Dalwhinnie being worth a tour. An added bonus to this is that it is indoors so prefect for foul weather.img_3477img_3485

  1. Immerse yourself in Scottish history.

There are many historical buildings in the highlands but we found the Culloden battle fields very interesting and taught me about a period in British history I had no idea had even happened until now.img_2979-1img_2971-1

There are many other things to do that we didn’t get a chance to try but I would love to go back to do such as canyoning, sea kayaking and snorkelling with basking sharks along with a whole plethora of walking paths I would like to try out.

The highlands is a great destination to visit and there is something for everyone. If you love the outdoors and adventurous activities though this is the perfect holiday.img_3220-1

Have you been to the mid-highlands area? Any favourite activities to do there?

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