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The wild landscapes of Scotland's Highlands and islands offer the ultimate escape. One of the last corners of the united kingdom where you can discover genuine solitude. Scotland's mountains, lochs and seaways offer some of the most rewarding outdoor adventures in Europe.

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MARCH - MAY High 11.5°c Low 2.71°c Precipitation 0.01mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 17.57°c Low 10.01°c Precipitation 0mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 12.57°c Low 5.77°c Precipitation 0.02mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.2°c Low 0.12°c Precipitation 0.02mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Highlands and Islands

The region's biggest draw is its magnificent landscape. At almost every turn is scenery that will stop you in your tracks. From the bluebell woods, gentle hills and warm autumn colours of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to the primeval grandeur of Coigach and Assynt, where pillared peaks rear above desolate expanses of gnarled and ancient gneiss. Scotland's mountains, lochs and seaways offer some of the most rewarding outdoor adventures. As well as classic challenges such as the West Highland Way and the ascent of Ben Nevis.

Isle of Skye

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Skye is a truly magical place. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, it's home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes. Whether you are visiting for a few days whilst on a tour of Scotland or staying for a longer spell, the island has countless ways to enchant you, with its mountain ranges, miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history. Bring your sense of adventure. If there's one thing about Skye that'll leave a lasting impression on you, it's got to be the scenery.

Arran

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Enchanting Arran is a jewel in Scotland's scenic crown. The island is a visual feast, and boasts culinary delights, its own brewery and distillery, and stacks of accommodation options. The variations in Scotland's dramatic landscape can all be experienced on this one island, best explored by pulling on the hiking boots or jumping on a bicycle. Arran offers some challenging walks in the mountainous north, while the island's circular coastal road is very popular with cyclists.

Islay

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The home of some of the world's greatest and peatiest whiskies, whose names reverberate on the tongue like a pantheon of Celtic deities, Islay (eye-lah) is a wonderfully friendly place whose welcoming inhabitants offset its lack of scenic splendour compared to Mull or Skye. The distilleries are well geared-up for visits, but even if you're not a fan of single malt, the birdlife, fine seafood, turquoise bays and basking seals are ample reasons to visit.

LOCAL CUISINE

A new-found respect for top-quality local produce means that you can feast on fresh seafood, just a few hours after it was caught. Beef and venison that was raised just a few miles away from your table, and vegetables that were grown nearby. Then top it all off with a dram of single malt whisky. Haggis may be the national dish that Scotland is most famous for, but when it comes to what Scottish people actually cook and eat most often, the hands-down winner has to be mince and tatties

GETTING HERE

It has never been easier for travellers to access the Scottish Highlands. The hub and capital of the Highlands, Inverness, is well served by public transport and is the main point for travelling on to the wider Highlands. Dalcross Airport, on the outskirts of the city, offers flights from many regional UK airports.