Welcome to the Scottish Highlands! Images of Lochs, Castles and Rugged Scenery are a few things that are brought to mind when you think of the highlands. Amongst those images are eight reasons to visit the Highlands if you ever find yourself here.
1. The Old Man of Storr
I saw the view of Storr from the bus, as usual, but if given the chance I would have loved to have walked up to the summit. I know the views would have been amazing from the vantage point up there.
2. Kilt Rock
For some reason, this area made me think of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland except for the beautiful waterfall cascading down the side of the cliff.
3. Kilmuir Graveyard
I am one of those people that love to visit graveyards. A large part of it has to do with all the history that surrounds them. While I was on the tour of the highlands, I stopped at Kilmuir and visited where Flora MacDonald was laid to rest. She is remembered for her part in helping Charles Edward Stuart who is best remembered as ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ with evading capture.
You will love this village if you want peace and quiet; a place to gather your thoughts and slow down a bit during your travels. You can walk along the main stretch of road to Caisteal Maol which it turns out is a ruined castle. I didn’t walk all the way to it since I would have walked through mud to get to it. I wish I had taken the chance of getting my shoes a bit muddy so I could see the castle closer up than at a distance.
5. Fort William
While in Corpach, I decided to head into Fort William for the day. I am glad I did because of the cobblestone streets that I walked through whilst I was window shopping. One of the best parts is the area I was in was a pedestrian only shopping street. I didn’t have to worry about trying to cross the street when a car was heading in my direction. Fort William is the perfect day trip if you are staying in Corpach.
One of the things I loved about staying in Corpach was the walks I took while I was here. I would head out of the hostel I was staying in and follow the road away from it. On one of my many walks, I found this path which led me down a dirt road to the sea.
The one thing I remember about Inverness was going to this one place for dinner, ordering the Chinese food which was really good but extremely hot. So I kept drinking sprite which really isn’t good if you are trying to cool down from eating hot food. The place left an impression on me many years later that I remember it.
8. Eilean Donan Castle
One word – ‘Highlander’ is all you need to conjure up images of this famous castle since it was fairly prominent in parts of this movie. The movie came out in 1986 starring Christopher Lambert as the Highlander and is one of my favorite movies. Of course, I had to see Eilean Donan Castle while I was in the highlands. I didn’t get to walk all the way up to it since I was on my way to the Isle of Skye but even passing by it was enough for me to say I got to see such a beautiful castle from a movie I loved.
9. Loch Ness
What do you think of when you think of Loch Ness? Many people probably think of the Loch Ness Monster. I didn’t see ‘Nessie’ while I was there but I did spend a few moments soaking up the view of the Loch.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Highlands if you’ve ever visited any part of the six regions that make up them or if you ever decide to plan a trip here.