by Justin Gibson

Top Five Reasons to Tour the Scottish Highlands

Some places are so staggeringly beautiful, so rich in history and culture, that the only way to truly experience them is on a tour — the Scottish Highlands is one such place. Sit back and relax as you travel from Inverness up to the Orkney Islands, across to the Isle of Skye and down to Loch Lomond, and along the way, you’ll fall in love with a region that is so spectacular, it’s unlike anywhere else in the world.

A steam train atop the Glenfinnan Viaduct
A steam train atop the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Reason One: Legendary Landscapes

From the mist-shrouded summit of Ben Nevis to the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, the Scottish Highlandsis one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth. Driving through the region is an unforgettable experience, as vast expanses of land and sky unfold to reveal a seemingly endless array of wind-swept moors and vibrant glens, picturesque lochs and craggy peaks. Globus offers several escorted tours through the Scottish Highlands, including the 9-night Scottish Highland Fling which incorporates a drive along the North Coast 500, considered one of the most scenic roads in the world.

Reason Two: Fascinating Sights

The bicycle, television, pneumatic tires and Dolly the cloned sheep: one expects great things from a country that has given us so many incredible inventions — and the Scottish Highlands delivers. Stand in awe of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the 100-foot-tall, 416-yard-long “Harry Potter Bridge” from Hogwarts Express. Explore Eilean Donan, one of the world’s most romantic castles on the Isle of Skye. Or, wander the gardens of Scone Palace and imagine what it was like to be Macbeth, the King of Scotland who was crowned there in the 11thcentury.

the fabled site of Skara Brae
The fabled site of Skara Brae

Reason Three: Spectacular Wildlife

As one of the last unspoiled regions in Western Europe, the Scottish Highlands is home to an incredible array of wildlife. You won’t have to travel far to see Scotland’s famous long-haired Highland cattle, snow-white mountain hares or gigantic red deer. Bird lovers will be awed by the golden eagles and peregrine falcons that soar above the glens. Out on the coast, the wildlife is no less thrilling as pods of grey seals lounge on the beaches and minke whales and bottlenose dolphins splash in the sea.

Reason Four: Rich History

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Scotland is rich in history. From the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness to the impassioned Bonnie Prince Charlie, this is a land filled with captivating stories. Indulge your passion for history with a visit to Skara Brae, Europe’s most complete Neolithic village, Culloden Moor, where the famous Battle of Culloden took place, or the Glenfinnan Monument, built as a tribute to the Jacobite risings of 1745. For a truly immersive experience, Globus’ 13-night Scottish Highlands & Islands tour includes all the sites mentioned above as well as Dunrobin and Brodie Castles and a visit to Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

A local whiskey distillery
local distillery

Reason Five: The World's Best Whiskies

Scotland is known far and wide for its whisky, and no trip here is complete without a visit to a local distillery. Luckily, there are 47 scattered throughout the Scottish Highlands, making tours and tastings easy to come by. The region specializes in single malt Scotch whiskies that are known for their wide array of distinctive flavors. Whether you’re a whisky aficionado or a tasting novice, a Globus Scottish Highlands tour offers the perfect opportunity to sample a variety of the region’s most famous export.

Are you ready to book your tour of the Scottish Highlands? If so, contact one of our travel agents today. Not only will they answer all your questions and provide you with helpful advice, but also they’ll be happy to assist you in planning your Highland getaway with an escorted tour from Globus.

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