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  • Countryside Lochs and glens
  • Country life Gaelic gatherings

The Scottish Highlands: unlike anywhere else on earth.

Yes, it’s a struggle to avoid the gushing clichés in this land of sigh-inspiring panoramas – a world away from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and urban energy of Glasgow, Wester Ross is Scotland’s wild frontier. This northernmost part of the British Isles is a celebration of the great outdoors: rivers, coast and lochs afford fisherfolk the ultimate fix, while crystal-clear waters framed by picturesque mountainscapes provide a walker’s paradise – and a backdrop for that most testosterone-fuelled of events, the Highland Games. Having originated under English occupation, when the Scots had to stealth-train for war without weapons, today’s games give us bare-below-kilts he-men tossing cabers, throwing hammers and lobbing rocks. These enjoyments are best taken with a stiff whisky; after all, the word for this amber-hued elixir stems from the Gaelic for ‘water of life’.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Fly to Inverness ( For domestic flights, we like the BMI Baby service ( from Heathrow. But there are lots of other options, including easyJet (, BA ( and Ryanair (
  • Trains There are frequent trains to Inverness – both direct and via Perth – from Edinburgh and Glasgow; journeys take three to four hours. From London Euston, you can also take the 20-hour Caledonian Sleeper (
  • Automobiles A car is crucial for exploring the Highlands. Do be careful on those single-track roads, and resolve to enjoy the scenery at a slow, savourable pace.
  • Taxis Chances are you’ll want your own wheels, but if you do plan on some serial whisky tasting before you take the high road, let your hotel arrange a ride for you.