The wildest part of Scotland, with stunning scenery, where nature shows its strong and yet not tamed by man, bears the name of the Scottish Highlands. This land, in which lived legendary heroes who fought for freedom in the past is a destination for many tourists who wish to discover the most wild and scenic area of Scotland. If you decide to embark on a journey to learn more about these beautiful and amazing places, you first have to know what to visit in the Scottish Highlands.
Loch Ness is a 37 km long lake that has become famous thanks to sightings of a prehistoric monster, called Nessie by the locals, that it is said live in it. The lake is located on the south-west of Inverness and its deep waters have always intrigued the locals, tourists and various researchers.
The Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye emerges from the troubled waters of the sea and its particular beauty attracts visitors from all over the world. The rugged coastline, rugged valleys, inaccessible cliffs and enchanting mountains help to create the image and almost eerie magic of this island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge in the shape of an arch. On the Isle of Skye the Gaelic language is still used, which is passed on from father to son. You must not forget to visit Dunvegan Castle, the residence of the MacLeod Clan and listen to the legend on its Fairy Flag.
The Eilean Donan Castle
The Eilean Donan Castle, built in the midst of the waters of the loch in 1220 by Alexander II of Scotland, was used to defend its people from Viking raids. It is one of the most photographed sites of the Scottish territory, a true symbol of the Highlands and during the the summer months it is filled with visitors. Its fame is also increased thanks to some movies that used it as a film set (Highlander and The world is not enough).
Glencoe, on the other hand, is one of the most beautiful places that Scotland has to offer to its guests. It has wild, rushing streams and a valley swept by winds that is dominated by three towering rock formations, called Three Sisters. The magnificence of this place is well known, thanks in films such as Braveheart,Harry Potter and Skyfall.
Scottish Highlands photos by: ruwanika weerakkody, dave conner, saffron blaze, mike smith, mathew roberts
By +Nikos Kontorigas