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The Scottish Highlands are a sparsely populated northwest region of Scotland. It is an area of mountains, lochs, moors, glens, capes, and offshore islands which has had a profound effect on the Scottish identity.

Oban is a resort town which serves as the port and gateway to the islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa. McCaig's Tower provides a  panoramic view of the pretty harbour and surrounding countryside.

There are dozens of castles throughout the Highlands, some of which are still occupied by clan families, but most, such as Kilchurn Castle, in ruins.

 

Stirling Castle lies on a craig where the highlands and lowlands meet. It was the fortification and royal residence of the Stewart kings and site of many battles around Scottish independence from British rule.

Exhibits include detailed reenactments of Medieval life including an apothecary and a functional kitchen.

 

From the castle ramparts there is a view across the hilly city of Sterling to Abbey Craig upon which sits the Wallace Monument.

Stirling weavers took 13 years to reproduce the seven Unicorn Tapestries using traditional methods and dyes. The original Middle Age tapestries are in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Glen Coe is a valley of volcanic origin, an area of scenic beauty where high mountain passes transition to lower glens. It is the heart of Scottish mountaineering and has featured in films such as James Bond and Harry Potter.

Pretty Loch Rannoch, surrounded by wild craigs and boggy moorland, is one of 40 Scottish National Scenic Areas designated as places of outstanding natural beauty and protected landscapes.

William Wallace was a 13th Century Scottish leader of the First War of Scottish Independence.

 

     

A stained glass window in the Church of the Holy Rude commemorate the Highlanders Infantry of World Wars I and II.

The Church of the Holy Rude was the site of baptisms and coronations of the Stewart monarchy.

 

The attractive whitewashed village of Inverary lies on the shores of Loch Fyne, Scotland's longest sea loch.

 

Inverary Castle, still occupied by the Campbell Dukes of Argyl is open to the public to view its splendid interior and beautiful gardens.

Loch Lomond is designated as a Scottish scenic area of exceptional beauty. Part of Trossachs National Park, it is a conservation area as well as a boating and watersport venue.

The conservation village of Luss on the western shore of Loch Lomond with its sandstone and slate cottages is considered one of the most scenic village in the UK.

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This site was last updated 08/11/19