The Scottish highlands are a beautiful place to visit. The scenery is spectacular, and there are so many things to do. Scotland's highlands offer mountains, castles, distilleries, and an unforgettable coastline. You will find everything from hiking and fishing to shopping and dining to keep you busy. Or you might enjoy a chance to sit back and relax while taking in the wonderful surroundings.
A popular destination in the Scottish highlands is Loch Ness. This area has become famous worldwide for the sightings of their mystical creature, the Loch Ness Monster. He or she is known as Nessie to the groups of people who have made a sport out of trying to catch a glimpse of this mythical sea animal.
Putting the legends aside, Loch Ness is a beautiful area. The Loch is 20 miles long and 700 feet deep. The city of Loch Ness and Inverness have excellent lodging. You can find bed and breakfasts, hotels, and cottages to stay in. They even have a few castles you can rent for weddings and large parties. Loch Ness is perfect for water sports. You can go canoeing or sailing on your own. Boat cruises are available to give tours around the water. A lot of people come for the fishing. Trout, sea trout, salmon, and pike can all be found here. The Great Glen Way has several walking trails. They have long distance trails and hillside trails. They also offer easier trails that are perfect for families to enjoy together. For those looking for a bigger challenge, Loch Ness is great for wind surfing, paragliding, mountain biking, and skiing.
Another good place to see while in the highlands is Whisky Country. Speyside's Whisky Trail takes you along a beautiful tour of the country. It includes seven distilleries and a cooperage. Half of the distilleries in Scotland are in this area. Benromach is one in Forres. It is marked by a tall red brick chimney among small white buildings. This one is the smallest distillery. Dallas Dhu shows you the art of making malt whisky. They have been making their whisky since 1898. Glen Grant still uses a copper still and old fashioned wooden vats. Here you can enjoy a tasting pavilion under a heather-thatched roof, surrounded by Victorian gardens. Don't forget a stop at the cooperage. Coopers here can be seen making oak casks.
No sightseeing trip to Scotland would be complete without driving along the Highland Coast. You will find 7,000 miles of amazing beaches and cliffs. This is a wonderful area to see Scotland's wildlife. Bike trips and self guided car trips can be arranged ahead of time. You are sure to leave Scotland wanting to come back again.
So whether you are driving yourself across the border, or looking for coach breaks to the highlands, give it a go, there is something special just waiting to be discovered…..maybe Nessie!