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Highland is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. Though relatively populous for a Scottish council area, it is also sparsely populated. At 9.0 per km2 in 2012, the population density is less than one seventh of Scotland's as a whole.

An TeallachAn Teallach, Garve IV22 2HH, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

An Teallach is a complex mountain massif, with ten distinct summits over 3,000 feet (914.4 m). An Teallach means 'The Anvil' or 'The Forge' in Scottish Gaelic. An Teallach has terraced sides riven with steep gullies and a sharp rocky summit crest. The steepest section, known as Corrag Bhuidhe has an overhanging pinnacle known as Lord Berkeley's Seat.

Aonach Eagach RidgeBallachulish PH49 4HX, UK
Viewpoints
1 Day Treks
Rock Climbing Spots
Mountain Peaks

The Aonach Eagach is a rocky ridge lying to the north of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands. The full ridge continues for 10 km from the Pap of Glencoe at the west to the eastern end at the Devil's Staircase. The central section, some 2 km in length, is very rocky and the route along it requires scrambling ability. The slopes to each side are extremely dangerous, with steep grass and scree slopes hiding even steeper slopes which end in cliffs on both north and south sides of the ridge.

Ardvreck CastleLairg IV27 4HL, UK
Viewpoints
Forts
Old Ruins

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into lake Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland. The castle was built in about 1590, Ardvreck is famous as the place where Montrose- viceroy and captain general of Scotland was handed over in 1650 to the Covenanter forces by MacLeod, Laird of Assynt.

Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle)Strathcarron IV54 8ND, UK
Viewpoints
Mountain Passes

Bealach na Bà is a winding single track road through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. The historic mountain pass was built in 1822 and is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. The name is Scottish Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle, as it was historically used as a drovers' road.

Beauly PrioryBeauly IV4 7DY, UK
Tombs
Old Ruins

Beauly Priory was a Valliscaulian monastic community, estimated to be found in 1230. The ruins today are extensive and are one of the main visitor attractions in Inverness-shire.

Beinn EigheBeinn Eighe, Achnasheen IV22 2ET, UK
1 Day Treks
Rock Climbing Spots
Mountain Peaks

Beinn Eighe is a complex mountain massif in the Torridon area of Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland. It forms a long ridge with many spurs and summits, and it has a cap of Cambrian basal quartzite which gives the peaks of Beinn Eighe a distinctive light color. Its complex topography has made it popular with both hikers and climbers.

Ben NevisBen Nevis, Fort William PH33 6SY, UK
Viewpoints
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Old Ruins

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, the United Kingdom, Great Britain, Scotland. The summit is 1,345 meters (4,413 ft) above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles (739 km). The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year. The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was operational between 1883 and 1904.

Bidean Nam BianBidean Nam Bian, Ballachulish PH49 4LA, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Bidean nam Bian is a complex mountain, with many ridges and subsidiary peaks. The most noticeable features of Bidean nam Bian are the famous Three Sisters of Glen Coe, three steeply-sided ridges that extend north into the Valley.

Brodie CastleBrodie, Forres IV36 2TE, UK
Forts

Brodie Castle is a well-preserved Z plan castle. Architecturally, the castle has a central keep with two 5-story towers on opposing corners. The interior of the castle is also well preserved, containing fine antique furniture, oriental artifacts, and painted ceilings, largely dating from the 17th–19th centuries.

Cape WrathBraemar, Lairg IV27 4PZ, UK
Viewpoints
Lighthouses
Cliffs

Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. The cape is separated from the rest of the mainland by the Kyle of Durness inlet and consists of 107 square miles (280 square kilometres) of moorland wilderness known as the Parph. The first road was built in 1828 by the lighthouse commission across the Parph/Durness. This road connects a passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness with the buildings on the peninsula.

Castle & Gardens of MeyMey, Thurso KW14 8XH, UK
Parks
Forts

The Castle of Mey was built between 1566 and 1572, possibly on the site of an earlier fortification, by George Sinclair, 4th Earl of Caithness. The castle was used as an officers' rest home during the Second World War.

Castle LeodStrathpeffer IV14 9AA, UK
Parks
Forts

Castle Leod is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie. The castle grounds are listed in the national listing of significant gardens. The castle is believed to have been built on the site of a very ancient Pictish fort from before the 12th century. Castle Leod is widely considered to be the inspiration behind Castle Leoch, the seat and home of the laird of Clan Mackenzie, in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander historical fiction series.

Castle Sinclair GirnigoeWick KW1 4QT, UK
Viewpoints
Forts
Cliffs
Old Ruins

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness, Scotland. It is considered to be one of the earliest seats of Clan Sinclair. It comprises the ruins of two castles: the 15th-century Castle Girnigoe; and the early 17th-century Castle Sinclair. The ruins sits upon a rocky promontory jutting out into Sinclair Bay.

Cawdor Castle and GardensB9090, Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RD, UK
Parks
Palaces

Cawdor Castle is set amid gardens. The castle is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. The castle is best known for its literary connection to William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, in which the title character is made "Thane of Cawdor". However, the story is highly fictionalised, and the castle itself, which is never directly referred to in Macbeth, was built many years after the life of the 11th-century King Macbeth.

Chanonry PointFortrose IV10 8SD, UK
Viewpoints
Monuments
Lighthouses
Whale Watching Spots

Chanonry Point lies at the end of Chanonry Ness, a spit of land extending into the Moray Firth. It is one of the best spots in the UK to view bottlenose dolphins from the land. The dolphins are often visible off Chanonry point, particularly on an incoming tide when they play and fish in the strong currents. An active lighthouse is also situated at the tip of the point.

Clava CairnsInverness IV2 5EU, UK
Tombs
Monuments
Old Ruins

The Clava cairn is a type of Bronze Age circular chamber tomb cairn. There are about 50 cairns of this type in an area round about Inverness. There are two sub-types, one typically consisting of a corbelled passage grave with a single burial chamber linked to the entrance by a short passage and covered with a cairn of stones. In the other sub-type an annular ring cairn encloses an apparently unroofed area with no formal means of access from the outside.

Waterfalls
Viewing Decks
National Parks
Geological Formations

Corrieshalloch Gorge is a gorge situated about 20 km south of Ullapool, near Braemore in the Scottish Highlands. The gorge is approximately 1.5 km long, 60 m deep, and 10 m wide at its lip. The 46 meter-high Falls of Measach can be viewed from a viewing platform and a Victorian suspension footbridge.

Culloden BattlefieldCulloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU, UK
Monuments

The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart was defeated by a British government force under William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, on Drummossie Moor near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It was the last pitched battle fought on British soil.

Duncansby HeadWick KW1 4YS, UK
Viewpoints
Lighthouses
Cliffs
Rock Formations

Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland. The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, and Duncansby Stacks, prominent sea stacks just off the coast.

Dunrobin Castle & GardensGolspie KW10 6SF, UK
Parks
Palaces
Notable Architectures

Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. Dunrobin's origins lie in the Middle Ages, but most of the present building and the gardens were added by Sir Charles Barry between 1835 and 1850. Some of the original building is visible in the interior courtyard, despite a number of expansions and alterations that made it the largest house in the north of Scotland. After being used as a boarding school for seven years, it is

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