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SCOTLAND'S HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS DESTINATION GUIDE

The best things to do in Scotland's Highlands & Islands

Travel Inspiration for Your Scotland's Highlands & Islands Vacation

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Welcome to Scotland's Highlands & Islands! As your Celtic Experts, we’re here to introduce you to the vibrant local restaurants, top sights and best places to stay on your vacation to Scotland. From perfectly-planned guided tours to custom travel packages, we can’t wait to share the traditional experiences of our homelands with you.

Explore the best places to eat, see and stay in Scotland's Highlands & Islands

  • Isle of Rona
  • Whisky Vaults
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Kingshouse Hotel
  • Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Top places to eat and drink in Scotland's Highland's & Islands

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From hidden gems to iconic sights, these are the best places to start your very own Celtic story in Scotland. No matter where you decide to go, you’ll get authentic experiences hand-picked just for you.

Isle Rona Cruise Seafood Lunch

Isle of Rona Cruise with Seafood Lunch

Soak up the beautiful views and enjoy a leisurely cruise to the stunning Rona Harbour. Wildlife spotting opportunities are abundant throughout this trip, from seabirds to marine life. Then enjoy a hearty lunch of fresh seafood onboard either out on deck or in a cosy wheelhouse if you prefer. Go ashore for up to 2 hours to explore the natural beauty of this remote island.

Whisky Vaults

Whisky at the Whisky Vaults

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What sights to see in Scotland's Highlands & Islands

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Hiking Isle Skye

Hiking on the Isle of Skye

An island so beautiful it has inspired a litany of poets and artists. Next is lunch in Portree, and a trip across Trotternish Peninsula, the ultimate Skye road. You’ll also see the dramatic ruins of Castle Moil and Eilean Ban before returning to Inverness on a road flanked with the breath-taking Highland scenery.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

It’s true whisky improves with age, so paying a visit to one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries is certainly one to tick off the bucket list. Nestled at the base of Britain’s highest mountain, we meet our local guide and unlock the secrets of the craft.

Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train

All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train! Or, better-known to Harry Potter fans, all aboard the Hogwarts Express. Considered to be one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this stunning Jacobite Steam Train will take you on a sprawling 84-mile round trip. Beginning in the towering Ben Nevis, the track ebbs and flows through some of Scotland’s most spectacular sights.

Best places to stay in Scotland's Highlands & Islands

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Kingshouse Hotel

Kingshouse Hotel

A place of refuge since the 1750’s, the Kingshouse Hotel has been a welcome stop off for weary travellers for centuries. Warm fires, warm welcome and a wee nip to warm through guests.

Isle Eriska Hotel

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island

There’s a certain magic about staying on a private island. Located on the west coast of Scotland, the island boasts gorgeous views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern mountains beyond.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

One of Scotland’s finest luxury hotels, uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. At Inverlochy you will experience one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.

Top trips that visit Scotland's Highlands & Islands

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Brendan Vacations does not sell guided trips to Canadian residents but you can book guided trips through our sister company Trafalgar.com.

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Meet Catherine Reilly

As the head of our Brendan team, Catherine has been making friends with the Celtic community for over 35 years so she's learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do in Ireland and Scotland. Check out her own personally hand-crafted collection of all the can't-miss experiences you can have too.

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