The Scottish Highlands boast some of the most rugged and romantic vistas in the United Kingdom. This is a land that has been defined by conflict, but it is also a place that is filled to the brim with history made in castles and on isolated crags. It has also become known for the friendliness of its people - and some exceptional dining opportunities. Getting to the Highlands is easy. Travelers are advised to fly into either Glasgow (GLA) or Edinburgh (EDI) international airports. From there the wonders of the Highlands can be accessed by car, train or bus.
Once in the Highlands, the attractions are spellbinding. Cairngorms National Park is tremendously popular. It is United Kingdom's largest national park at 1,748 square miles. It has myriad opportunities for hiking, skiing and biking. It also has five of Scotland's tallest mountain peaks so the views are spectacular. Visitors can also visit the historic Balmoral Castle, which was a favourite of Queen Victoria.
For fishermen (and women) the River Spey, which runs through the Highlands is one of the great Mecca's of Salmon flyfishing. Another piece of water that is well worth visiting is Loch an Eilein - which is set in some of the most beautiful surroundings to be found in the Highlands. Here there are opportunities to enjoy watersports and a beach.
Accommodation around the River Spey ranges from chalets to a huge number of cottages boasting many attractions such as gardens and riverside views. these cottages are also perfect for couples and groups who want to explore the so-called Speyside Whisky Trail.
No visit to the Highlands would be complete without spending some time at least one of the 47 world-famous whisky distilleries in the area. These include the oldest of the Highland distilleries - Glenturret which is home to the extremely popular Famous Grouse Experience.
Those seeking accommodation in the Highlands are spoiled for choice, especially when it comes to Highland holiday cottages. The variety on offer has everything from secluded destinations for romantic escapes, through to large cabins for families or groups of friends. From self-catering romantic retreats for couples that are dog friendly and feature hot tubs to more spacious accommodation that is suitable for larger parties, the Highlands has it all.