Highland (Scotland)

Highland is a region in Scotland.


Cities, towns and villages


Map of Highland



Glenfinnan Monument

Other destinations

Ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the banks of Loch Assynt



There are far too many mountains in Scotland to cover them all here.

General definitions:

Munro - mountain above 3000 feet.
Corbett - mountains between 2500 and 3000 feet.

Some popular mountains by group (pronunciations of difficult names in italics).

Far north

Northern Torridonian mountains

Mountains of Torridonian sandstone north of Ullapool.

Torridonian Munroes

Glencoe and Fort William


A range second only in height to the Nevis range, located east of the A9. There is a railway up Cairn Gorm (which is not the highest). However you make the height, it's relatively easy to walk more peaks, with excellent views. It is the only area in the UK where wild reindeer can be seen - re-introduced from Scandinavia after becoming extinct in Scotland. Red squirrels are also to be seen in the remains of the old Caledonian Pine Forests.


Sad but true - owners of land in Highland, often absentees, have not on the whole shown much consideration for their tenants. Some of what may appear lovely, natural, unspoiled areas were actually forcibly cleared of their human inhabitants in the interests of deer hunting or sheep farming.


Generally English is spoken, but you will see and hear some Gaelic. Some road signs are bilingual, but Gaelic is less obvious here than Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

Get in

Near Tulloch Station

By plane

Inverness has an airport served by FlyBe (both their own flights and flight operated on behalf of Scottish based airline Loganair to Kirkwall, Sumburgh and a few Western Isles), Easyjet and some seasonal charter flights. It is sited between Nairn and Inverness and accessible from the Inverness-Aberdeen road. Limited charter services fly out from this airport.

By car

Inverness can be reached from the south by the A9 from the south (Perth & M90 from Edinburgh, Glasgow) and from Aberdeen, 110 miles by the A96 road. The A82 reaches Inverness from the south-west, Loch Ness, Fort William and eventually to Skye. None of the roads to Inverness are entirely dual-carriageway. The A9 continues to Thurso on the extreme north coast of the Scottish mainland.

By train

Wikivoyage has a guide to Rail travel in the United Kingdom.

There are direct services to Inverness from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London.

If you're travelling from London, the sleeper train is an excellent way to travel. It leaves from London Euston and arrives between 0800 - 0830. East Coast also operate a daily service to and from London King's Cross (known as The Highland Chieftain) which leaves at around 0900 (southbound) or 1200 (northbound). Journey time is around 8 hours.

By bus

Get around

By train

There are two scenic lines: to Thurso and Wick, and to Kyle of Lochalsh.

By bus

By boat

The Caledonian Canal links the Beauly Firth through Loch Ness to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.


Glen Affric


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