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Highlands

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Fort William to Kingussie Road by Barbara Ballard Highland Scotland covers half the acreage of Scotland and ranges from Portmahomack in the east to Ardnamurchan Point in the west to John o’ Groats in the north and Ballachulish in the south. The Great Glen, a huge rift valley that cuts across Scotland from Inverness to Fort William, is a defining landmark of the Highlands.

Ben Nevis courtesy Visit Britain Much of the land is remote and sparsely populated. The mountains, heather-clad hillsides, glens, and coastlines of this varied landscape all compete for attention. Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, dominates the landscape around Loch Linnhe.

Kingussie by Barbara Ballard At Kingussie, the Highland Folk Museum is an introduction to Highland life, clothing, tartans and musical instruments. An open-air section contains a black house, clack mill and water mill. The agricultural section shows stools and techniques, and crafts and furniture. There are demonstrations in the summer.

Ruthin Barracks by Barbara Ballard Across the Spey river are the ruins of Ruthven Barracks, built in 1719 and destroyed in 1746 by the Jacobites. It has two ranges of quarters and a stable block. Aviemore, a year round resort in the Spey valley, is a popular tourist town. The Landmark Visitor Centre introduces the culture and geography of Highland Scotland.

Cairngorm Mountain Park by Barbara Ballard Near Aviemore is the Cairngorms National Nature Reserve. The Cairngorm mountains offer panoramic views of the Spey valley from the chairlift—3600 feet high. A trail 500 feet (152.4m) up from the chairlift leads to the summit of Cairn Gorm. The only vegetation in the high area is Arctic-Alpine.

Fort George old barracks by Barbara Ballard Fort George coat of arms by Barbara Ballard Fort George, west of Nairn, is considered one of the most outstanding unaltered artillery fortifications in Europe. The vast site was built between 1748-1769 and is one of the most outstanding unaltered artillery fortifications (1769) in Europe. Although it is an active barracks, it is in part open to the public. On display are the historic barrack rooms with reconstructions of barrack rooms in different time periods. A chapel, magazine, and display of muskets and pikes are other attractions. A museum is on site.

Cawdor Castle by Barbara Ballard Cawdor Castle coat of arms by Barbara Ballard Cawdor Castle, between Nairn and Inverness, is set amongst beautiful highland scenery. The central tower of the castle is a 14th century keep, and 17th century wings have been added. Cawdor is the title promised by Shakespeare’s witches to Macbeth, and legend makes the castle the place where Duncan was murdered. The castle has massive walls and a drawbridge. The original great hall is now the drawing room. There are many fine tapestries including 17th century ones depicting the life of Noah. A 17th century four poster bed has original velvet hangings. The stone fireplaces are stunning and the castle is filled with antique furniture.

Inverness town house courtesy Dave Fergusson Geograph Britain and Ireland St Andrews Cathedral Inverness by Carl Farnell Geograph Britain and Ireland Inverness, at the northern end of the Great Glen, is known as the ‘capital of the Highlands’. The city’s museum and art gallery details the heritage of the Highlands, the people’s way of life, local history, and information on the Caledonian Canal. St Andrews cathedral, built 1866-69, is in the neo-Gothic styles. The nave piers are of polished Peterhead granite; the reredos and pulpit are of carved stone.

Culloden Moor courtesy National Trust for Scotland Culloden Moor cottage by Barbara Ballard Six miles from Inverness is Culloden Moor, scene of the 16 April 1746 battle between the Jacobite army under Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the English army under the Duke of Cumberland. A visitor centre gives the details in its exhibition and AV presentation. In summer there are living history presentations. Tours of the battlefield where stones and monuments mark the clan graves are offered. An original cottage—Leanach—that survived the battle, is restored and open.

Clava Cairns by Barbara Ballard Near Culloden and Inverness are the Clava Cairns. The three cairns are surrounded by stone circles and a ring of boulders. The middle one was open; the other two had entrance passages that led to burial chambers. They date to the late Neolithic time period (4400-2000BC). The site is quiet and very atmospheric.

Cromarty Museum by Barbara Ballard Hugh Millar House at Cromarty by Barbara Ballard North-east of Inverness across the suspension bridge spanning Beauly Firth is the Black Isle, not really an island. Local herds of dairy cattle provide milk for the cheese sold in this agricultural area. Cromarty’s 18th century Townhouse houses a visitor centre. In the town is the former 18th century cottage of Hugh Miller. Miller was a writer who made geology a topic of popular interest.

Beauly Priory ruins by Barbara Ballard Beauly Priory, a ruin, dates from 1230 and was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots. Further additions took place up to the 16th century. It was the church of a Valliscaulian priory, one of three founded in 1230.

Groam Museum Pictish stone by Barbara Ballard Rosemarkie’s red sandstone houses are reflected in its beach of the same colour. The churchyard has a Pictish stone, and the local museum, Groam House, contains others. In the wooded valley behind the village are two waterfalls.




Fortrose Cathedral decoration by Barbara Ballard Fortrose Cathedral by Barbara Ballard Close to Rosemarkie lies the town of Fortrose with the remnants of its medieval cathedral and chapter house. It was laid out in the 13th century to replace an earlier one established in the early 12th century, thought to have been at nearby Rosemarkie. View the 13th century vaulted undercroft, parts of the nave, sacristy, treasurery, monuments and memorials. All that remains of the church is the south chapel and aisle, added in the 14th century.

Cromarty View by Barbara Ballard In Easter Ross, on the far side of Cromarty Firth, lies the town of Dingwall, an early Viking settlement that received the status of a royal burgh complete with market. Pink sandstone buildings highlight the old town. A museum and 1730 Town House are of note. Eastward, the Black Rock Gorge beckons with its narrow bridge spanning a 70-foot drop.

Tain building by Barbara Ballard The fishing village of Portmahomack is noted for its lobster, while Tain’s history is tied up with single malt whiskey, bottled at the Glenmorangie Distillery. Tain played an infamous part in the Highland Clearances, imprisoning crofters in the Tolbooth, built between 1706 and 1733. A local museum gives the history.

Heading north to Caithness and Sutherland, Donarch’s golf course and sandy beaches tempt the traveller. The centre of town is dominated by sandstone buildings and a cathedral, first built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the mid 1700s.

Dunrobin Castle by Barbara Ballard Dunrobin Castle garden by Barbara Ballard Along the coast road near the town of Golspie sits Dunrobin Castle, home of the Earls of Sutherland. The French style turreted castle dates from around 1300 with 17th-19th century additions. It gives a picture of Victorian Scottish living. Fine furniture and china, paintings and silver are part of the tour. The beautiful formal gardens are modelled after those at Versailles, and there are beach and woodland walks. A National Nature Reserve occupies land by the loch.

Hill of many Stanes courtesy David Purchase Geograph Britain and Ireland The Laidhay Caithness Croft, a traditional longhouse, is north of the village of Dunbeath where a local heritage centre tells of the crofters’ lives. The Hill o’ Many Stanes is a fan shaped group of 22 rows of stones from the early Bronze Age about 4000 years ago. Their true purpose is not known. Among the many other Neolithic cairns in the area is Long Cairn which measures 200 feet by 65 feet.

Wick Harbour courtesy Dorcas Sinclair Geograph Britain and Ireland Castle of Old Wick courtesy Glen Breaden Geograph Britain and Ireland At Wick, a port since Viking days, there are three castles: 12th century Old Wick, 15th century Castle Girnigoe, and 17th century Castle Sinclair. Wick was an important herring fishing port in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the Heritage Centre provides information on its heyday. The town is now best known for the Caithness Glass factory. There is a visitor centre with tours of the facility available. St Fergus, a 13th century church, is another Wick attraction.

Duncansby Head stacks courtesy Eleanor Miller Geograph Britain and Ireland Duncansby Head lighthouse courtesy Eleanor Miller Geograph Britain and Ireland John o’ Groats is best known as the takeoff point for visitors heading to the Orkney Islands. To the west, Dunnet Head is Scotland’s most northerly point. There are a number of sea stacks in the area. The 210-foot high Stacks of Duncansby at Duncansby Head are only one of the many outstanding coastal scenes between Wick and John o’ Groats. Sandy bays, cliffs, arches, inlets and rock ledges make this drive memorable.

Castle of Mey courtesy Colin Smith Geograph Britain and Ireland The drive westward along the top of Scotland traverses moorlands, lochs, beaches and headlands. Here is the town of Thurso and its 17th century castle. A folk museum contains a collection of Pictish stones and fossils. The Castle of Mey, built in the late 16th century by the 4th Earl of Caithness is nearby. It was the summer residence of the Queen Mother after she purchased it in 1952 and restored it.

The Invernaver Nature Reserve sits near Torrisdale Bay and the village of Bettyhill where a local museum, Strathnaver, occupies a 17th century church. It tells the story of the Highland clearances.

Smoo Cave and the sandy beaches of Balnakeil Bay are further attractions. The Balnakeil Craft Village is a mecca for local goods. In the 8th century church is the tomb of the infamous Donald MacLeod.

Allt nan Uamh cave courtesy Anne Burgess Geograph Britain and Ireland A drive down Scotland’s west coast offers up further spectacular scenic views of ocean, beaches, hills, mountains, and rocky headlands. Crofting and fishing villages nestle in the hollows and along the coastline. The Inchnadamph Nature Reserve is here along with the Allt nan Uamh Stone Age caves. At Knockan Cliff a walk offers up views of the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, a section of boggy moorland and unique rock formations.

Corrieshalloch gorge near Ullapool by Barbara Ballard The Corrieshalloch Gorge is a spectacular mile-long gorge 200 feet deep. At the Falls of Measach are a suspension bridge and a viewing platform.

Inverewe Garden courtesy National Trust for Scotland On the western shores of Ross and Cromarty at Loch Ewe is Inverewe Gardens, where tropical plants thrive on the heat generated by the Gulf Stream.


Llachach Torridon vilage courtesy National Trust for Scotland Loch Maree and Mt Sliochat by Barbara Ballard Sandy beaches come into view at Gairloch. Close by are Loch Maree and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and its Aultroy Visitor Centre. A National Trust countryside centre is located on the Torridon peninsula along with a deer museum. South of the peninsula the village of Plockton has a claim to fame as the setting for the Hamish Macbeth TV series.

Falls of Glomach courtesy Nigel Brown Geograph Britain and Ireland The falls of Glomach, east of Kyle of Lochalsh, is one of the highest waterfalls in Britain. To see this beauty of nature set in a narrow cleft requires a 5-hour round trip walk. The National Trust Lochalsh Woodland Garden is set in the Balmacara estate, providing sheltered walks beside the shore of Loch Alsh. The bridge to Skye lies just south at Kyle of Lochalsh.

Eilean Donan castle view by Barbara Ballard Eilean Donan castle by Barbara Ballard Spectacularly sited on a small island in Loch Duich sits Eilean Donan Castle, connected by a causeway to the shore. The original castle, said to be the most photographed in Scotland, dates to 1220, but it was much restored in the early 1900s. The castle was involved in many raids and sieges, reduced to rubble, and then authentically reconstructed to its medieval state in the mid 1900s. Two of the rooms are open to the public. The billeting room has 14-foot thick walls and a barrel vaulted ceiling. The banqueting hall has fine Sheraton and Chippendale furniture.

Loch Duwich with Shiel Bridge in distance courtesy David Gruar Geograph Britain and Ireland From the village of Shiel Bridge in Glen Shiel, are views of the Five Sisters of Kintail, a well-known group of mountains. It was here, in 1719, that a battle took place with the Jacobites, ending in their defeat. Inland is the former MacDonnell clan home at Invergarry and the ruins of Invergarry castle (no access).

For August Caledonian Canal courtesy Nairn Bairn Geograph Britain and Ireland The Fort Augustus, in the Great Glen, is the main town in this area. The fort was built in 1730 and has a number of buildings of interest. The Clansman Centre holds an exhibition of traditional Highland ways. The Caledonian Canal was built between 1803 and 1822. Its purpose was to connect the Atlantic ocean with the North sea. At Banavie is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight locks that raise boats 64 feet.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness by Barbara Ballard The road north skirts the famous Loch Ness, home of the mythical Nessie. On the shore of the loch at the bottom of a hill are the ruins of Urquhart Castle, managed by Historic Scotland. It dates from the 16th century. There’s a visitor centre with all the details. Go early in the morning if possible as tour buses overcrowd the visitor centre and area, ruining the atmosphere.

Bonnie Prince Charlie aficionados will want to visit the West Highland Museum at Fort William. The town is a shopping and service centre for this area of Highland. Near to the town is Inverlochy Castle, one of Scotland’s earliest stone castles, dating from the 13th century. Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, at 4406 ft (1344m) has a well-marked footpath to the top. It’s popular with climbers and walkers.

Mallaig by Barbara Ballard Road to the Isles train and viaduct by Barbara Ballard
The West Highland Railway runs a 46-mile train journey, the Road to the Isles, from Fort William to Mallaig where you can catch a ferry to Skye in the summer. The train ride is considered one of the most scenic rail journeys in Britain. The route passes the Glenfinnan Monument, sandy beaches, coastline and Glen Nevis. The 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct provide another point of interest. The Glenfinnan Gathering and Highland Games is an annual affair.

Glenfinnan monument and Loch Shiel by Barbara Ballard Glenfinnan and the monument to Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) are set at the head of Loch Shiel. In 1745 Stuart landed here and raised a group of supporters for the Jacobite cause. The monument was erected in 1815 in tribute to the MacDonalds who fought and died for Bonnie Prince Charlie. The National Trust Visitor Centre explains the history of the area and has displays and an av program on the military campaign.

The Ardnamurchan peninsula, the most westerly mainland point in Britain, is sparsely settled but offers up a Natural History Visitor Centre, 13th century Mingary Castle, and Bronze Age standing stones.

Glencoe by Barbara Ballard South of Fort William lies one of Scotland’s best-known landmarks, Glen Coe, echoing the romantic Scotland envisioned by the tourist. This dramatic mountain site was the scene, in 1692, of the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells. The National Trust for Scotland has a visitor centre with an AV presentation of the story. Conducted walks are available, and there are climbing and walking trails.

Highland Visitor Information Centres

Achnasheen VIC
The Studio
Achnasheen, Ross-shire, IV22 2EE
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-Sep: daily 9.30am-5pm

Aviemore VIC
Unit 7, Grampian Rd
Aviemore, Highland, PH22 1RH
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: late Apr-May: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm; late May-early Jun: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; early Jun-late Jul: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm; late Jul-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9.30am-5pm; early-late Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm; late Sep-late Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm; late Oct-Easter: limited opening hours

Beauly Firth
The Square
Beauly Inverness-shire IV4 7BX
Tel. 0 8453 255 121
Open: tourist information point

Betty Hill
Clachan, Bettyhill
Sutherland KW14 7SS
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May, Sep, Oct: 10.30am-5pm; June-Aug: Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm

Cunninghams of Brora
Newsagents
Brora, Sutherland KW9 6NU
Tel. 0 1408 621 204
Open: Mon-Sat, 7am-5.30pm; Tourist Information Point, limited service provided by newsagent

Cluanie Inn
Glenmoriston, Inverness-shire IV63 7YW
Tel. 0 1320 340 238
Open: local tourist information

Daviot Wood VIC
Picnic area, A9 by Inverness
Daviot Wood, Inverness, IV2 5ER
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-Sep: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

Dornoch VIC
The Square
Dornoch, IV25 3SD
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: July and Aug: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Drumnadrochit VIC
The Car Park
Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6TX
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; June-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Dunbeath Preservation Trust
The Old School
Dunbeath, Caithness KW6 6ED
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Summer: daily 10am-5pm; Winter: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

Dunnet
Brough, Dunnet
Caithness, KW14 8YE
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: No details given

Durine VIC
Durness, Sutherland, IV27 4PN
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-Sep: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Fort Augustus VIC
Car Park
Fort Augustus, Inverness, PH32 4DD
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: daily, 10am-4pm; no further details given

Fort William VIC
Cameron Square
Fort William, Lochaber, PH33 6AJ
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm; June: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm; July-Aug: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9.30am-5pm; Sep-mid Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm; mid Sep-3rd week Oct: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Gairloch VIC
Auchtercairn
Gairloch, Highland, IV21 2DN
Tel. 0 1445 712 071
Open: May: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-3pm; June: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm; July-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Sep: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm

Glenelg Candles
Glenelg, Kyle, Ross-shire IV40 8LA
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: details not given, local tourist information

Twenty café and restaurant
Fountain Rd
Golspie, Sutherland, KW10 6TH
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; local information given

Grantown-on-Spey VIC
54 High St
Grantown-on-Spey, Highland, PH26 3EH
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May, Sep-3rd week Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-July: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Aug: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Inchnadamph Nature Reserve
On A894 just below jct with A837, 20 miles north of Ullapool
Tel 0 1854 613 418

Inverness VIC
Castle Wynd
Inverness, Inverness-shire, IV2 3BJ
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; June: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm; July-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9.30am-5pm; Sep-mid Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm; mid Sep-3rd week Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

John o’ Groats VIC
County Rd
John o’ Groats, Caithness, KW1 4YR
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: daily 10am-6pm; June-Aug: daily 9.30am-6pm

Kingussie VIC
Kingussie Highland Folk Museum
Duke St
Kingussie, Bandenoch, PH21 1JG
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Easter-Aug: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm

Kinlochbervie
North and West Sutherland Advice Bureau
Harbour Office, The Pier
Kinlochbervie, Sutherland, IV27 4RR
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: office hours all year, local information given

Kyle of Lochalsh VIC
Car Park
Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, IV40 8AQ
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: seasonal opening: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Lairg VIC
Ferrycroft Countryside Centre
Lairg, IV27 4AZ
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May, Sep, Oct: daily 10am-4pm; June, July, Aug: daily 9.30am-5pm

Lochinver VIC
Assynt Visitor Centre
Kirk Lane
Lochinver, Highland, IV27 4LX
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Mallaig VIC
East Bay
Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4QS
Tel. 0 1687 462 170
Open: no details given; local information

Nairn Tourist Information
The Library
High St, Nairn
Inverness, IV12 4AU
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Mon and Fri 10am-8pm, Tue and Thu 10am-6pm, Wed and Sat, 10am-1pm

Nethy Bridge
Nethy Bridge Stores
Inverness-shire PH25 3DA
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, closed 1-2pm for lunch, Sun 9.30am-1.30pm; local information

Newtonmore Gallery
Main St, Newtonmore
Highland, PH20 1DA
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: winter: daily 8am-6pm; summer: daily 8am-10pm; local information

North Kessock VIC
Picnic Site
North Kessock, Ross, IV1 3UB
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-late Sep: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; late Sep-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Plockton Post Office
Rue Cottage
Plockton IV52 8TL
Tel. 0 1599 544 308
Open: post office hours: Mon, Tue, Fri 10am-1pm; Thu 10am-2pm

Spean Bridge
‘Kingdom of Scotland’ (store)
Invercauld House
Spean Bridge, Highland, PH34 4EP
Tel. 0 1397 712 999
Open: May: 10am-4pm; July: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 9.30am-2pm

Strathcarron Centre Ltd
Strathcarron Station
Ross-shire, IV54 8YR
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9am-12.30pm and 1.30-5.30pm, Thu 9am-1pm, Sat 9am-12.30pm; local information

Strathpeffer
The Square
Strathpeffer, IV14 9DW
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; cycle shop

Strontian VIC
Acharacle, Highland, PH36 4HZ
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April-May and late Sep-late Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-late Sep: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Tain Through Time Museum
Tower St, Tain
Ross-shire, IV19 1DY
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May, June, Sep, Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, July and Aug: 10am-6pm; local information

Thurso VIC
Tourist Information Centre
Riverside, Thurso
Caithness, KW14 8BU
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May and Sep-late Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; June-late July: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; late July-Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Tongue
Gordon Skene Grocers and General Merchants
Tongue, Sutherland, IV27 4XF
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: shop hours; local information

Ullapool VIC
20 Argyle St
Ullapool, Highland, IV26 2UB
Tel. 0 8452 255 121
Open: April, May and Oct: Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm; June-July: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm; Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sep: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm; Oct: Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm

Wick
Norseman Hotel
Riverside, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4NL
Tel. 0 1955 602 596
Open: no details given, hotel offers local information

Wick
McAllan’s
66 High St
Wick, Caithness, KW1 4NE
Tel. 0 1955 602 547
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, in Aug also on Sun 11am-4pm; local information

Highlands Attractions

For full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Abernethy Forest and the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre
One mile from Nethybridge, nine miles from Aviemore
Tel. Abernethy Information Centre at 0 1479 821 565; RSPB centre at 0 1479 831 476

Assynt Visitor Centre
Main St, Lochinver
Tel. 0 1571 844 330
Web: Assynt

Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Garden
Three miles (5km) east of Kyle of Lochalsh, on the A87
Tel. 0 1599 566 325

Balnakeil Bay Church
On the A838 at the Bay by Durness

Beauly Priory
Beauly, on A862
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Beinn Eighe
Two miles north-west of Kinlochewe off the A832 road
Tel. reserve manager at 0 1445 760 254; visitor centre at 0 1445 760 254

Brora Heritage Centre
Col Bheinn Rd, Fascally, Brora, Sutherland
Tel. 0 1408 685 214

Cairngorms National Park
Mountain range between Spey valley and Braemar
For details see our article Cairngorms National Park
Web: Cairngorms National Park

Caithness Broch Centre
The Old Schoolhouse, Auckengill
Tel. 0 1955 631 377
Web: Caithness Broch Centre

Cape Wrath
On A838 by Durness

Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Durness, Sutherland
reached by ferry, then by minibus
Tel. 0 1971 511 284; mobile: 0 7742 670 196
Web: Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Carbisdale Castle
Culrain, Sutherland, IV24 3DP
Minor road off A836, north of Bonar Bridge but reached from Ardgay
Tel. 0 870 004 1109

Castle Lodge
Thurso on the A9

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Three miles north of Wick on long narrow peninsula
Tel. NA
Web: Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Cawdor Castle
Between Nairn and Inverness, on the B9090
Tel. 0 1667 404 401
Web: Cawdor Castle

Clan Cameron Museum
Achnacarry, on the B8005
Tel. 0 1397 712 480

Clan Gunn Heritage Centre
Latheron, on the A9 north Dunbeath on way to Wick before Hill Stanes Tel. 0 1593 721 325
Web: [url=http://www.clangunnsociety.org/]Clan Gunn Society

Clan MacPherson Museum
Newtonmore, at junction of A86/B9150
Tel. 0 1540 673 332

Corrieshalloch Gorge
On the A835 at Braemore
South of Ullapool
Tel. 0 1445 781 200

Croick Church
West of Ardgay village, Sutherland
Tel. not given on website
Web: [url=http://www.croickchurch.com/]Croick Church

Cromarty Courthouse
Church St, Cromarty
On the A832

Culloden Battlefield
On the B9006, at Culloden Moor, Inverness
Tel. 0 1463 790 607

Dochfour Gardens
Six miles (10km) south of Inverness, on the A82
Tel. 0 1463 861 218

Dornoch Castle
Dornoch, Sutherland

Dornoch Cathedral
Dornoch, Sutherland
Web: Dornoch Cathedral

Dunbeath Heritage Centre
Old School, Dunbeath
Tel. 0 1593 731 233
Web: Dunbeath Heritage Centre

Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Dunnet Head, on minor road off A836

Dunrobin Castle
.5 mile (.8km) north of Golspie
12 miles north of Dornoch on the A9
Tel. 0 1408 633 177

Durness Visitor Centre
Sangamore, Durness, Sutherland
Tel. 01971 511 756

Eilean Donan Castle
Dornie, on the A87 nine miles (14.5km) east of bridge to Isle of Skye
Tel. 0 1599 555 202
For photos and more information see our article Eilean Donan Castle
Web: Eilean Donan Castle

Falls of Glomach
Northeast of A87, east of Kyle of Lochalsh Best reached from Dorusduain car park, 2.5 miles (4km) off the north section of loop in old A87

Fearn Abbey
On B9165, Easter Ross

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre
Lairg
Tel. 0 1549 402160

Forsinard Flows RSPB Reserve
On the A897 24 miles from Helmsdale or 16 miles from Melvich
Tel. 0 1641 571 225

Fort Augustus Clansman Centre
Fort Augustus, on the A82
Tel. 0 1320 366 444

Fort George
11 miles (17.7km) northeast of Inverness, by the village of Ardersier on the B9006
Tel. 0 1667 462 777

Fortrose Cathedral
Fortrose, on the A832
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Gairloch Heritage Museum
Gairloch, on the A832
Tel. 0 1445 712 287
Web: Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gates of Negapatam
Evanton, Highland, off the A9, on the B817

Glen Coe
On A82, south of Fort William
Tel. 0 1855 811 307 (summer only) or 0 1855 811 729

Glen Nant Nature Reserve
Three miles southeast of Taynuilt, off the B845
Tel. Forestry Commission Scotland, 0 1631 566 155

Glenfinnan Monument
On the A830, 18.5 miles (30km) west of Fort William
Tel. 0 1397 722 250

Grey Cairns of Camster
Five miles (8km) north of Lybster on A9, then five miles by narrow road with passing places
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Groam House Museum
High St, Rosemarkie, on the A832
Tel. 0 1381 620 961

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Small pedestrian ferry from Tarbet on the mainland
Tel. 0 7920 468 572 (Handa ranger); ferry contact: Roger (0 7780 967 800) or Paul (0 7775 625 890)

Highland Aviation Museum
9 Dalcross Industrial Estate, by Inverness airport, Inverness
Tel. 0 1667 461 100

Highland Folk Museum
Kingussie Rd, Newtownmore
Tel. 0 1540 673 551
Web: Highland Folk Museum

Highland Museum of Childhood
The Old Station, Strathpeffer
Tel. 0 1997 421 031
Web: Highland Museum of Childhood

Hill o’ Many Stanes
South of Wick, 4 miles north-east of Lybster on A9
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Historylinks Museum
The Meadows, Donorch
Tel. 0 1862 811 275
Web: Historylinks Museum

Hugh Miller’s Cottage and Miller House
Church Street, Cromarty, on the A832
Tel. 0 1381 600 245

Inchnadamph Nature Reserve
On A894 just below jct with A837, 20 miles north of Ullapool
Tel 0 1854 613 418

Inverewe Gardens
On the A832 near Poolewe, Ross-shire
On shores of Loch Ewe
Tel. 0 1445 781 200
For photos and more details see our article Inverewe Garden

Inverlochy Castle
Two miles (3km) northeast of Fort William
On the A82

Invernaver Nature Reserve
1 mile south of Bettyhill on A836
Tel. NA

Inverness Castle
City Centre, Inverness
Tel. 0 1463 710 637

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Wynd, Inverness, on the A9/A82
Tel. 0 1463 237 114
Web: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Kintail & Morvich
Morvich Farm, Inverinate, Kyle, Ross-shire
North of the A87, 16 miles (25.75km) east of Kyle of Lochalsh
Tel. 0 1599 511 231

Laidhay Croft Museum
Just north of the village of Dunbeath, Caithness
Tel. 0 7563 70232
Web: Laidhay Croft Museum

Loch a’ Mhuilinn Nature Reserve
Four miles south of Scourie, off the A894 road
On the northeastern shore of Edrachillis Bay
Tel: Scottish Natural Heritage, Ullapool 0 1854 613 418

Loch Ness
On the A82 between Inverness and Ft William;
B862/852 (narrow with passing places) runs along the less traveled side of the Loch
For photos and more details see our article Urquhart Castle

Mary Ann’s Cottage
Dunnet, Highlands
Tel. 0 1847 892 303

Mey Castle and Gardens
15 miles east of Thurso
Tel. 0 1847 851 473
Web: Mey Castle

Nigg Old Church
Nigg, Ross and Cromarty, Highlands
Web: Nigg Old Church

Old Wick Castle
One mile south of Wick, Highlands
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Road to the Isles
Starts at Ft William
Take A82 Scenic countryside route 46 miles (74km) long; turn left on A830, which leads to the end of the road at Mallaig
For photos and more details see our article Road to the Isles Train Journey

Ruthven Barracks
On the B970, one mile from Kingussie; signposted from A9
Tel. 0 1667 460 232

Shin Falls
Achany Glen, Lairg
Tel. 0 1549 402 231
Web: Falls of Shin

St Fergus Church
High St, Wick
Tel. not given on website
Web: St Fergus Church, Wick

Strathnaver Museum
Clachan, Bettyhill, on the A836
Tel. 0 1641 521 418
Web: Strathnaver Museum

Tain through Time
Tower St, Tain, Highland on the A9
Tel. 0 1862 894 089

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain
Tel. 0 1862 87 1351
Web: Tarbat Discovery Centre

Thurso Castle
Castletown Rd, Thurso Highland
Tel. NA

Thurso Drive
A836/A838 coastal Highland drive

Timespan Museum and Arts Centre
Dunrobin St, Helmsdale, KW8 6JA
Tel. 0 1431 821 327
Web: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre

Torridon
North of the A896, 9 miles (14.5km) southwest of Kinlochewe
Tel. 0 1445 791 368

Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre
7 West Argyle Street, Ullapool
Tel. 0 1854 612 987
Web: Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre

Urquhart Castle
On the A82, on Loch Ness, near Dumnadrochit
Tel. 0 1456 450 551
For photos and more details see our article Urquhart Castle

West Highland Museum
Cameron Square beside the TIC
Fort William, on A82
Tel. 01397 702 169

Wick Heritage Centre
18-27 Bank Row, Wick
Tel. 0 1955 605 393
Web: Wick Heritage Centre

Photos by Barbara Ballard and courtesy:
Ben Nevis: Visit Britain
Culloden Moor, Inverewe Garden, Llachach Torridon village: National Trust for Scotland

And Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Inverness town house by Dave Fergusson
St Andrews Cathedral by Carl Farnell
Hill o’ Many Stanes by David Purchase
Wick harbour by Dorcas Sinclair
Castle old Wick by Glen Breaden
Duncansby Head lighthouse and Duncansby Head stacks by Eleanor Miller
Castle May by Colin Smith
Allt nan Uamh cave by Anne Burgess
Falls of Glomach by Nigel Brown
Loch Duwich and Shiel Bridge by David Gruar
Caledonian Canal by Nairn Bairn

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