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Experience the Highlands of Scotland

The Highlands is Scotland’s showpiece region, combining the country’s most stunning land and seascapes, a stirring history and an exhilarating present.

It is a natural choice for outdoor leisure – from golfing to walking, fishing or wildlife-spotting – and a welcoming haven for more leisurely tourism and convivial relaxation.

And this year, 2014, is Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, a celebration of all that makes Scotland an amazing place to visit. The Highlands is sharing in a special programme including mouth-watering food and drink events, outdoor, arts, cultural and ancestral heritage activities. These are, of course, led by the arrival of the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, and staging of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Dunvegan Castle – Isle of Skye

Dunvegan Castle – Isle of Skye

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Here in the north, such activities range from Highland Games, in Dornoch, Nairn and Inverness, to arts festivals, Bikefest Scotland, and November’s City of Inverness Firework display, which attracts over 10,000 each year to the banks of the River Ness and features one of the UK’s largest bonfires

All this amongst the grandeur of our magnificent mountains, enchanting lochs and coastline festooned with rocky headlands and sandy beaches.

The region’s beating heart is the city of Inverness, and the names of its charming towns, villages and islands such as Skye still reflect the region’s distinct Gaelic and Norse heritage, while buildings, castles and ancient stone structures depict a long, turbulent and fascinating cultural history.

Some of the Highlands’ best known natural features include Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and the string of other lochs that were joined in the 19th Century to form the mighty Caledonian Canal. In more recent times, creation of areas like the Cairngorms National Park – Britain’s largest – and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – Britain’s first – ensure conservation of a rich variety of wildlife and scenic environment.

A day spent exploring some of the Highlands’ attractions may well include sampling its profusion of locally-sourced food and perhaps also a dram or two from its world-famous array of malt whiskies – as part of a distillery tour or back at the hotel.