Top 5 Things To Do In The Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland is a favourite destination for travellers and adventurists. This ancient and breathtakingly beautiful part of the world has a breadth of opportunities for all tastes.

Whether you want a quiet pampering break or an extreme sports holiday, travel in the highlands of Scotland has it all.

Here are my 5 recommended places to travel in the highlands of Scotland:

  1. Cairngorms National Park, Britain’s largest national park. It offers a unique range of landscapes, wildlife and activities. Whether you want to go white water rafting, mountain climbing or wildlife watching Carngorms has it all!
  2. The world famous Loch Ness. You can take a cruise on this famous loch and maybe have a glimpse at the mystical monster that lives beneath!
  3. Fort George is my recommended historical site.  Fort George is Europe’s best preserved 18th century fort and is the only ancient monument that is still functioning in Scotland.
  4. Scotland’s Speyside Malt Whiskey Trail. Visit whiskey distilleries, learn how they make the world famous beverage. Speyside has a rich whiskey heritage with many great pubs with friendly locals.
  5. Fly fishing in Sky Ghillie. Catch famous Scottish salmon and maybe spot a golden eagle while rowing down the Misty Isles’ beautiful rivers.

By far the best way to travel in the highlands of Scotland is by train. This gives you an opportunity to take in the amazing scenery. There are two train stations in the highlands, Inverness & Fort William and these have regular services to and from all major UK destinations.

These are just a small portion of what you can do when you travel in the highlands of Scotland. The Scottish highlands are one of the safest, most vibrant and beautiful places to travel in Europe and certainly will be a trip to remember.

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Dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point – Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins

There have been numerous and frequent sightings recently of dolphins in the Moray Firth- primarily just off Chanonry Point, on the Black Isle (20 minutes drive from Inverness). Chanonry Point is believed to be the best location in the UK for regular sightings of bottlenose dolphins, which can often be seen just a few metres from the shore. There’s some debate as to when the best time to spot the dolphins is, but the majority consensus is on an incoming tide, particularly the hour or so before high tide. As the incoming tide is forced between the heads it brings with it a rich supply of food, attracting the dolphins to the waters at Chanonry Point. Directly across the water from Chanonry Point is Fort George – visitors to those magnificent fortifications often have the added bonus of being entertained by the dolphins. Check the tide table for high tides at Cromarty.

Ecoventures offer high quality dolphin spotting trips in the Moray Firth area, including Chanonry Point. Operating out of Cromarty, the trips are made in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), and are approximately 2 hours long. They also offer up to date reports on recent dolphin sightings on their website.

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