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Highlands

Often called the last great wilderness in Europe, the Highlands is all about scenery - magnificent mountains, dramatic seascapes, heather, moors and lochs.

Arglyll & Loch Lomond

Visitor Centres

Breadalbane
Folklore Centre
Falls of Dochart
Killin
Tel: +44 01567 820 254

Wildlife Reserves and Parks

Argyll Forest Park
This magnificent stretch of rugged hill country was the first British Forest Park, established for public enjoyment in 1935.
Recreation Team
Cowal & Trossachs
Tel: +44 01877 382 383
Email: cowal.trossachs.fd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond is the most famous Scottish Loch after the Loch Ness. Close to Glasgow, there are plenty of walks and marked trails through the woods and onto the peaks.
The park covers four distinctly different areas:
- Ben Lomond standing guard over Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of freshwater in the UK
- The Trossachs, wild glens and sparkling lochs between Callander and Aberfoyle
- Breadalbane, the high country of the north, with some of Scotland’s finest mountains, Ben Lui, Ben Challum, Ben More and Ben Vorlich
-The Argyll Forest of the Cowal peninsula in the shadow of the Arrochar Alps and bordered by sea lochs.

WebSite: Lochlomond-Trossarchs.org

The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch.

It passes from the lowlands, across the Highland Boundary Fault and on into the Scottish Highlands. Much of the Way follows ancient and historic routes of communication.

West Highland Way Ranger
Balmaha Visitor Centre Balmaha
By Drymen
Stirlingshire G63 0JQ
Tel: +44 01360 870 502
Fax: +44 01360 870 471
WebSite: West-highland-way.co.uk

Oban

Called by Queen Victoria, "one of the finest spots we have seen", Oban remains a firm favourite with holiday makers not least as it is also the "Gateway to the Isles".

Visitor Centres

Caithness Glass Factory Shop
The Waterfront Centre
Railway Pier
Oban PA34 4LW
Tel: +44 01631 563 386

Oban Distillery
Stafford Street
Oban
Tel: +44 01631 572 004

Central West Highlands

Fort William

West Highland Museum
Cameron Square
Tel: +44 010397 702 169

Ben Nevis Distillery
Fort William PH33 6TJ
Tel: +44 01397 702 476
Fax: +44 01397 702 768
Website: Ben Nevis Distillery

Caledonian Canal
From Inverness to Fort William
Tel: +44 0141 332 6936

Glencoe

Glencoe lies at the western end of the most famous glen in Scotland - Glen Coe. Partly famous for its bloody history, but today more famous for the spectacular scenery and challenging walks and climbs.

Glencoe Visitor Centre
Glencoe PH49 4LA
Tel: 01855 811 729
Fax: 01855 811 772
E-mail: glencoe@nts.org.uk

National Trust Visitor Centre Glencoe
3 miles (5km) of Glencoe Cross
Tel: +44 01855 811 307

Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum
In Glencoe village off the A82

Glencoe Ski Centre with Chairlift
Off the A82 by Kings House
Tel: +44 01855 851 226
Phone to confirm opening hours

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the country at 1344m (4406ft) and probably the most climbed in the UK. There are many routes to the top of Ben Nevis. For everyday walkers there is a reasonably comfortable route from the Aichenee Farm however it is a good 5 hour walk up and another 3 hours to come down.

For climbers the cliffs on the north east side of Ben Nevis have long been favourites with climber's.

Glenborrodale

One of the least populated parts of Scotland, Ardmarmurchan offers sandy beaches, glorious sunsets, mountains, lochs and castle ruins.

Ardnamurchan Natural History and Visitor Centre
Glenborrodale
Tel: +44 01972 500 209

Mallaig

Mallaig is a pretty fishing port of about 1000 people and was once Europe's busiest herring port.

Mallaig Marine World
At the harbour
Tel: +44 01687 462 292

Mallaig Heritage Centre
Station Road
Mallaig PH41 4PY
Tel: +44 01687 462 085
Website: Mallaigheritage.org.uk

Cairngorms

In every season, Badenoch and Strathspey and the slopes of Cairngorm attract walkers, climbers, and skiers, while the clear mountain springs draw anglers from around the world.

Parks and Reserves

Glen More Forest Park
Aviemore
Inverness-shire PH22 1QU
Tel: +44 0 1479 861 220

Fax: +44 0 1479 841 384

Rothiemurchus Estate
By Aviemore
Inverness-shire PH22 1QH
Tel: +44 01479 812 345

Railway

Strathspey Steam Railway
Aviemore Station
Dalfaber Road
Aviemore PH22 1PY
Tel: +44 01479 810 725

Visitor Centres

Highland Folk Museum
Newtonmore
Tel: +44 01540 661 307

Dalwhinnie Distillery
Inverness-shire PH19 1AB
Tel: +44 01540 672 219

Eastern Seaboard

The eastern seaboard enjoys a mild climate, in comparison to the west, and there are many beautiful white sand beaches and picturesque towns such as Tain or Durnoch. For those interested in heritage and archeology, the Eastern Seaboard is a treasure trove of castles and prehistoric sites including standing stones near Caithness.

Visitor Centres

Tain Through Time
Tain
Ross-shire
Tel: +44 01862 894 089
Email: info@tainmuseum.org.uk
WebSite: Tainmuseum.org.uk

Timespan Heritage Centre
Dunrobin Street
Helmsdale
Sutherland KW8 6JX
Tel: +44 01431 821 327
Email: admin@timespan.org.uk
WebSite: Timespan.org.uk


Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre
Tain
Ross-shire
Tel: +44 01862 892 477
Email: visitors@glenmorangieplc.co.uk
WebSite: Glenmorangieplc.com

The Moray Firth Wildlife Centre
Spey Bay
bSite: Mfwc.co.uk

MacDuff Marine Aquarium
11 High Shore
Aberdeenshire AB44 1SL
Tel: +44 01261 833369
Fax: +44 01261 831052
Email: macduffaquarium.ed@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
WebSite: Marine-aquarium.com

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Fraserburgh
Kinnaird Head
Tel: +44 01346 511 022
WebSite: Lighthousemuseum.co.uk

Parks and Reserves

Loch Fleet

The Loch Fleet Reserve covers 1147 hectares. It includes a large tidal basin, sand-dunes, coastal heath, pinewoods and rich plantlife. It supports common seals, terns, waders and wildfowl.

Scottish Wildlife Trust
Near Golspie
north of Dornoch

Spey Bay

This 171 hectare reserve has the finest active shingle ridges in Scotland which are best viewed from Kingston. Sea ducks and waders use Spey Bay as a wintering site.

Scottish Wildlife Trust
Near Elgin

Useful Links

Caithness Community Web Site
Scottish Wildlife Trust

Bus and Coach tours in Scotland
Visit Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Highlands of Scotland on Nick's Famous wee Red Bus.

Albannach Guided Tours
Guided Tours of the Hebrides, Highlands & rest of Scotland. The Celtic Tours Specialist. Tours by car, foot & minibus.

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