When you visit the Northern end of Scotland doing a vast range of private Scottish Highlands tours, you will see the Scotland many imagine in their dreams. There are majestic mountains, glens, many lochs, hidden beaches, ancient woods and Castles with fantastic history to name just a minor few.
The Highlands are often regarded as Scotland’s most romantic regions due to fabulous castles and the unspoiled nature of deep blue lochs, glens and rugged mountains. The fast changing weather conditions give the highlands a mystical touch as on clear days you see mountains that were not visible on cloudy days. The highlands sparkle when the sun hits the snow-capped winter mountains.
Major historical events took place in regions here and with Scottish Highlands history tours, you can visit many of these fascinating and exciting sights events. These include Spoling Dyke where the most brutal example of clan warfare happened in late 16th century and Glen Shiel where a battle took place in 1719. Read More...
Boat Tours the Scottish Highlands Offer Include Looking for 'Nessie' in Loch Ness
Possibly the most famous Loch in the world is found in this region and boat tours the Scottish Highlands offer are the best way to explore it while keeping an eye out for ’Nessie’ the mysterious Loch Ness Monster!
Experience great Scottish Highlands adventure tours when you visit Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK and Fort William which sits below it. Alternatively, enjoy excellent sightseeing tours the Scottish Highlands provides in Cairngorm National Park.
Other well-known places to visit with private Scottish Highlands tours include Inverness, Eilean Donan Castle, Dornoch Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle and Great Glen Way.
The range of activities available are numerous and include hiking, trekking, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife tours, whale watching, golfing and all types of snow-related sports in winter.
Top 10 Things to Do in Highland
Loch Ness is among the largest Lochs in Scotland and famous all over the world for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. It is some 23 miles long and has a depth of over 700 feet. The best way to explore the Loch and view the amazing coastline while looking for Nessie is with one of the boat tours the Scottish Highlands have available. The loch has many picturesque villages bordering, these include Foyers and Dores.
Eilean Donan Castle
One of the Sightseeing tours the Scottish Highlands offer is that to the iconic and possibly most recognised Castle in Scotland, the Eilean Donan Castle. It is isolated on a little island, ideally located overlooking the Isle of Skye at the point where three sea lochs unite and the forested mountains of Kintail surrounding it. There is much history attached to this castle which you learn as you explore this magnificent castle.
The king of mist-shrouded hills is the mountain of Ben Nevis. With Scottish Highlands adventure tours experience the highest mountain in the UK by doing activities such a climbing, hiking, trekking or walking that come in a range of levels from easy to difficult. You can expect to see the most breathtaking and spectacular views. It was once a very large active volcano that exploded and then collapsed inward millions of years ago.
Jacobite Steam Train
Novelty sightseeing tours the Scottish Highland has to offer tourists include the Jacobite Steam Train. Travel the 84 miles round trip on what is described as the most beautiful railway route in the UK starting from Ben Nevis it passes Lochs, rivers and villages including Glenfinnan, Fort William, Mallaig and Arising. The Jacobite Steam Train became even more popular after starring in the Harry Potter movies.
The Urquhart Castle is a place to visit on Scottish Highlands history tours with it being part of 1,000 years of drama. From the ruins of this castle, you can witness stunning views of the Loch Ness, look into the ancient prison cell or climb the Grant Tower. It was here that St Columba during the 6th century worked miracles and where the Lords of the Isles, the MacDonalds, struggled for power with the Crown.
Cairngorm National Park
In the Scottish Highlands centre, you find Cairngorms National Park, a park with stunning landscapes, distilleries and castles. It is also another place to find some of the best Scottish Highlands Adventure tours. These include all types of snow-related activities in the winter, a range of biking tours, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and wildlife tours.
Make a stop at the Culloden Battlefield on Scottish Highlands history tours. It was here that the last great battle was fought in Scotland on 16th April 1746. It was this battle that determined the fate of the Stuarts and Scotland. In the visitor centre see the 360-degree film which realistically shows the events, learn first-hand accounts of the battle and from its roof have a spectacular view of the battlefield.
A Castle that would not look out of place in a fairytale is Dunrobin Castle. It was built in 1275 but the neo-Baronial style we see today came in the 19th century. With a guided tour visit some of the 189 rooms with the Drawing Room particularly impressive. Here you find Louis XV style furniture, 18th-century tapestries and fine portraits. The Italian-style gardens are immaculate landscaped and offer views of the Dornoch Firth.
Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II, after the defeat at Culloden in 1746, built Fort George as the ultimate defence against further unrest. This is the UK’s mightiest artillery fortification and took 22 years to finish. Explore the Highland Museum and learn the history of the fort, visit the historic barrack rooms, the garrison chapel and the grand magazine. There is also a dog cemetery for regimental mascots and officers dogs.
Highland Folk Museum
An open-air museum found in the Scottish Highlands is The Highland Folk Museum. It is believed to be the first of its kind to open when it opened in 1944. It is at this museum you can learn the life of working and domestic conditions of the Highland people from earlier years. See how they built their houses, how they dressed and how they worked the land. It is a great interactive way to visit a museum for all the family.
Travel Tips for Highland
Best Time To Visit
The majority of people wanting to visit the Scottish Highlands should visit anytime during the months of May through to September. This is when the weather is best and there is more daylight which is better suited for doing the likes of Scottish Highlands adventure tours. If it is winter sports that you are interested in, then the best time is during the months when snow is in abundance, usually December to February or early March.
The costs vary in the Scottish Highlands depending on when and where you go. An example of this is the daily budget for an average traveller in Inverness is US$188 (Stg£141), this includes accommodation and all main meals. The daily cost for the same person in Cairngorms National Park is US$126 (Stg£95). The price of any private Scottish Highlands tours will also vary on the region of the highlands and time of the year.
Know Before Visiting
The best tips for visiting the Scottish Highlands is to do your research on the different regions and attractions. It is possible to stay in one place and travel easily to other locations with sightseeing tours the Scottish Highlands offer. When partaking in any of the Scottish Highlands adventure tours, it is so important to listen to the instructions and the rules that the guides and professional instructors give.
The weather in the Scottish Highlands can be as unpredictable as the rest of the UK. The winter weather can be extreme with a lot of snow and low temperatures of 6º and 7º Celsius. January tends to be the coldest month. July and August, on average, are the hottest month of the year with temperatures around 18º Celsius. During the Spring and Autumn months, you can expect rain and temperatures of around 9º to 16º Celsius.