The North, Highlands and Great Glen
30 miles north from Glasgow is the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the first to be created in Scotland. Scotland’s largest National Park can be found in the Cairngorms, a huge mountain range that includes some of the highest mountains in Scotland. The highest mountain of Scotland is Ben Nevis, at the southern end of the Great Glen that almost splits Scotland in two. The north highlands are the remotest parts of Scotland. There are only few villages, which are mostly connected by single-track roads. In the north-east of Scotland is the small village of John O’Groats, the ferry point for the northern islands of the Orkneys and Shetlands
The links below give access to the main tourist areas of Scotland and each page contains factual information, pictures and further links to accommodation, official websites and other sites of interest.
Mainland Scotland – the North
East of the Great Glen
East of the Great Glen is the Speyside, known for the Malt Whisky Trail and its many whisky distilleries. Further east is Aberdeen, that has thrived due to Scotland’s oil industry, while in the south east are the rural parts of Scotland.
Sunrise over the Paps of Jura seen from Islay
The west of Scotland is, for many, the most beautiful and versatile part of Scotland. This is an area of mountains and wilderness, a variety of wildlife, many lochs, the sea and islands just to name a few highlights. The far north-west of Scotland, Sutherland, is also the most remote part of the Scottish mainland; mountains like Suilven and Stack Pollaidh dominate the wild landscape. Ullapool is the biggest town in this part of Scotland and from there the ferry leaves for Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. South of Ullapool, Wester Ross starts, according to many the most beautiful area in Scotland. Lonely roads, beautiful lochs like Loch Maree, stunning scenery and numerous mountains make Wester Ross a very attractive but remote area.
Edinburgh Castle – Smoke on the right is the one o’clock gun.
The mid west of Scotland is dominated by the Isle of Skye, the Torridon Mountains and the Applecross Peninsula, which is a favourite place for motorists due to the high mountain pass. The south-west of Scotland’s Highland area, Argyll & Bute, is friendlier, with wonderful little towns, beautiful lochs and an ever changing landscape. Oban is the centre of the south-west of Scotland and an important ferry terminal for most of the routes to the Islands.