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  • 13 Free Attractions in The Scottish Highlands

    13 Free Attractions in The Scottish Highlands

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    Visiting Scotland’s tourist attractions can be an expensive business, especially for those visitors travelling with a family. In this article you will discover a list of completely free-to-visit attractions in the Scottish Highlands that are suitable for all ages, including historic buildings, walking routes, museums, and public parks.

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  • 8 Best Free Attractions in Caithness & Sutherland

    8 Best Free Attractions in Caithness & Sutherland

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    The North Highlands offers some of the wildest, most remote, and most scenic landscapes of anywhere in Europe. From John O’ Groats to Ullapool, you’re guaranteed to become smitten with the beauty of this extraordinary region of Scotland. In this article you will discover a list of completely free-to-visit attractions in Caithness & Sutherland that are suitable for all ages, including historic buildings, walking routes, and landmarks.

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  • 9 Best Attractions for Couples in the Scottish Highlands

    9 Best Attractions for Couples in the Scottish Highlands

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    Covering 10,230 square miles, the Scottish Highlands is a region that’s famous for its attractions that include Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis) as well as its largest body of fresh water (Loch Ness). Discover a collection of the best attractions in the Scottish Highlands for couples in this article which features an overview of each place along with immersive 360° virtual tours that let you look around each location from all angles.

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  • Bealach na Ba

    Bealach na Ba

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    The Bealach na Ba is a twisting mountain pass on the Applecross Peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland. This single-track road rises over 2,000 feet (0.61 km) at its highest point and is famous for being one of the most scenic drives in the world, as well as one of the most dangerous due to its tight hairpin bends.

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  • Ben Hope

    Ben Hope

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    Ben Hope is a 3,170-foot Munro (a mountain over 3,000 feet) in the Sutherland area of Scotland. The mountains is best known for being the most northerly peak in mainland Britain and it offers a superb hike into the Highlands with spectacular views from the summit. Discover Ben Hope with this complete visitor guide.

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  • Best Places to Visit on a Scottish Highlands Tour

    Best Places to Visit on a Scottish Highlands Tour

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    The Highlands are famous for their breathtaking scenery where lochs, mountains, and forests offer activities for visitors of all ages and interests whether it’s hill walking, mountain biking, wild camping, or sightseeing on a driving holiday. Discover the best places to visit on a Scottish Highlands tour with this complete visitor guide that includes information about the weather, what to pack, and the best time to travel.

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  • Bidean nam Bian

    Bidean nam Bian

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    Located on the south side of Glen Coe, Bidean nam Bian is the highest mountain in the county of Argyll. It rises to a 1,150-metre elevation but there are several flat plateaus along the ascent, making it a favourite with beginner and advanced hill walkers alike. Discover Bidean nam Bian in this guide which includes an overview and 360° photos.

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  • Cairngorm Mountain Funicular

    Cairngorm Mountain Funicular

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    Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway, which offers spectacular views from its highest point at 3,500ft (1.07 km). The Cairngorm mountain range is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts and year-round hill walkers, but many visitors go there just to experience the funicular. Discover this exciting attraction in this complete guide which features an overview and lots of handy visiting tips.

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  • Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

    Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

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    This castle (actually castles – more on that later) stands on one of the most dramatic viewpoints in Scotland (in my humble opinion) with a wild and windswept coastline that instantly brings to mind a scene from Game of Thrones rather than a tourist attraction thanks to its near-impenetrable cliff-face setting.

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  • Castle Varrich

    Castle Varrich

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    Perched on top of an exposed promontory on the Kyle of Tongue sits Castle Varrich, a small fortified tower that offers superb views of Ben Loyal mountain from its sturdy viewing platform. The castle is easily accessed from a well-managed footpath that runs from the village of Tongue through woodland and fields. Discover Castle Varrich with this complete visitor guide.

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  • Causeymire Wind Farm

    Causeymire Wind Farm

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    This pleasant walk will take you across Dale Moss near Thurso and up close to the Causeymire wind farm where you will see the impressive turbines generating power for the local area. There are lovely views to take in along the way on paths that are gravelled and well-maintained, making this wild part of northeast Scotland ideal for a winter stroll.

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden Battlefield

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    The battle of Culloden was the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil, which saw the Jacobite uprising come to a final bloody end in 1746. The battlefield is open to visitors and features a large museum with interactive exhibits, a restaurant, and a viewing platform. Discover everything you need to know about Culloden Battlefield with this complete guide.

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