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Ben Nevis
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Ben Nevis

Address: The Glen Nevis Visitor Center car park is located approx. 1.5 miles from the roundabout in Fort William located next to the River Nevis. Latitude: 56°48’38.90″N Longitude: 5°4’38.17″W. Postcode: PH33 6PF

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: N/A

Email Address: contact@ben-nevis.com

Website: Ben Nevis

About: Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The mountain is particularly popular with walkers due to the well-constructed mountain track from Glen Nevis on the south side of the mountain. Climbers and mountaineers can enjoy some of the best rock and ice climbs in the country.

Loch Ness

Address: Loch Ness, Inverness-shire, IV63 6TU

Opening Times: N/A

Tel Number: 01463 219 219

Email Address: N/A

Website: Loch Ness

About: The area around Loch Ness features picturesque towns and untamed wilderness with breath-taking rolling hills surrounding the world-famous loch that is home to the legendary Loch Ness monster.

Culloden Battlefield

Address: Culloden Moor, Inverness , IV2 5EU. Map reference: NH 745449 Lat: 57.47702, Long: -4.09302

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 0844 493 2159

Email Address: culloden@nts.org.uk

Website: Culloden Battlefield

About: The Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and has interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict.

Glen Coe

Address: Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HX

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: +44 (0)1855 811252

Email Address: info@glencoescotland.com

Website: Glen Coe

About: Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous and scenic glen, and also Scotland’s most historic. Glencoe is not only a holiday centre for hill walking and mountaineering but it is also the perfect base to explore the Highlands.

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Address: Glenfinnan, Highlands, PH37 4LT

Opening Times: Open year-round.

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Email Address: N/A

Website: Glenfinnan

About: Glenfinnan is famous for several reasons but perhaps it is most renowned for the Jacobite gathering in 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied 1,500 Highlanders. The memorial at Loch Shiel is clearly visible against the Glenfinnan viaduct, made world-famous as the setting of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express train journey.

If you’d like to explore the Scottish Highlands on a guided tour take a look at my recommended Get Your Guide Highland tours.

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Address: Bught Lane, Inverness, IV3 5SS

Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 10:00 – 16:00

Tel Number: 01463 713553

Email Address: inverness.botanics@highlifehighland.com

Website: Inverness Botanic Gardens

About: Inverness Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm within walking distance of the busy city centre. The glasshouses contain plants from tropical rainforests and hot deserts and a waterfall pours into a pond filled with Koi carp, surrounded by bird of paradise plants and orchids.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Address: Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EB

Opening Times: Tuesday – Thursday 12.00-16.00, Friday-Saturday 11.00-16.00.

Tel Number: 01463 237114

Email Address: N/A

Website: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

About: The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery aims to teach visitors about Scottish history while also showing them how the Scottish Highlands are linked with the rest of the world through informative displays. After browsing the collections you can relax in the café or browse the extensive shop.

Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Address: Balmaha, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G63 0JQ. From Stirling- follow the A811 to Gartocharn. From Glasgow- take the A82 north to Alexandria, and take the Balloch turning onto the A811 to Gartocharn.

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01786 453354

Email Address: nnr@snh.gov.uk

Website: Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

About: There are a multitude of activities at this nature reserve. You can take tranquil walks on a wooded isle or head down to the loch shore in search of osprey on the hunt for fish. There are also geese, wigeon, teal and shelduck to keep a look-out for against a background of dramatic mountain peaks.

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Lochaber Geopark

Address: Visitor Centre: 55A High St, Fort William, PH33 6DH

Opening Times: The park is Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01397 705314

Email Address: info@lochabergeopark.org.uk

Website: Lochaber Geopark

About: Lochaber Geopark boasts some of the best geology in the world, along with the UK’s highest mountains and deepest lochs. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will love the mountain trails and the beautiful landscapes.

Smoo Cave

Address: Durness, Lairg, IV27 4PN

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01971 511259

Email Address: durnesstic@host.co.uk

Website: Smoo Cave

About: This dramatic sea cave is set into limestone cliffs in Sutherland and can be explored by boat or by the path from the car park on the cliffs. Smoo Cave boasts one of the largest entrances to any sea cave in Britain and offers visitors the chance to walk into a number of subterranean inner chambers.

Steall Waterfall

Address: Old Military Rd, Fort William, PH33 6SY

Opening Times: Open year-round.

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Website: NA

About: Steall Falls offers a first-class walk below Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains as it passes through the stunning Glen Nevis. The lower Falls are extremely impressive as they thunder below your feet under a bridge, and the Glen is particularly stunning with its carpet of wild flowers.

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The Commando Memorial

Address: Spean Bridge, PH34 4EG

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: N/A

Email Address: N/A

Website: The Commando Monument

About: This monument in the area around Spean Bridge is the place where thousands of allied troops came to train for warfare during World War II. The three-figure bronze statue commemorates the sacrifice given by thousands of Allied troops and is set against a stunning mountain backdrop

The West Highland Museum

Address: Cameron Square, Fort William, PH33 6AJ

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00 – 16:00/17:00. Sun 11:00 – 15:00 (July – Aug)

Tel Number: 01397 702169

Email Address: info@westhighlandmuseum.org.uk

Website: The West Highland Museum

About: The West Highland Museum’s collections tell the story of the region, its people and its history and includes fascinating artefacts from the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising.

If you’d like to find free attractions in Aberdeenshire read this guide: Free Attractions in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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    Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh is one of the largest public spaces in the city. Originally a body of water called the Nor Loch, the gardens were designed in the 1770s but weren’t created until 1820 when the loch was drained. Today, the gardens are a popular recreational area that features a number of popular landmarks including The Scott Monument, The Ross Fountain and The Ross Bandstand.
  • Brodick – Isle of Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, located on the west coast of Scotland. Brodick lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain. It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.
  • Arran Forest Walks: Complete Visitor Guide
    The forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.
  • The Arran Coastal Way: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.
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