The Scottish Highlands cover the vast mountainous areas of northwest Scotland. Within its borders, it encompasses many popular Scottish tourist destinations, landmarks and attractions such as Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, the Moray Firth, Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest mountain), the Glencoe valley and The Cairngorms National Park, which is Britain’s largest national park.
Explore the Scottish Highlands
Adventures that you can do on your own, with the right knowledge, skills and equipment
A’ ChràlaigInverness, Highland
AbriachanInverness, Inverness-shire, IV3 8LB
Achnashellach CanyonAchnashellach, United Kingdom
AckergillAckergill, Wick, KW1 4RG
Aldie BurnTain, Highland, IV19 1PL
Allt A’ Choire GhreadaidhGlen Brittle, Isle of Skye
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Our favourite activities in the Scottish Highlands
The United Kingdom boasts a huge variety of mountains and hills – rewarding tired legs with space, solitude and spectacular views across the country.
With many different variations, there’s a form of climbing to suit all abilities – both indoors and out, and great places to climb wherever you are in the UK.
From paddling the flat waters of the UK’s canals to riding the waves on a sit-on-top kayak or tackling the white water of a raging river, there’s a type of kayaking to suit every type of adventurer.
Whether racing downhill, riding a single track or cross-country, there are few better ways to explore the UK countryside than by mountain bike and few better ways to get seriously muddy in the process.
Everyday Adventure stories from the Scottish Highlands
Ice Climbing in the CairngormsCold Corries
A Roadtripping Adventure Through the HighlandsSoaked in Scotland
Braving the Weather in the Scottish HighlandsHills and Haggis
Cycling and Wild Swimming on Easdale IslandWild Waters
Stacey and Max Holloway
Hillwalking on the Isle of ArranFrom Summit to Sea
Hiking on the Isle of SkyeEndless Skye
Luke Smith & Nell Sleet