Scotland’s fascinating history, natural beauty, wide range of activities and unique culture are represented perfectly in its Highlands. There are a number of significant places of interest to visit in the Highlands, including Balmoral Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Smoo Cave in Sutherland. Arguably one of the most picturesque places in the world, a hike or bike ride around one of the hundreds of organised routes is a good way to acclimatise yourself with the Highlands, where you can expect to see waterfalls, beaches, huge mountains, serene lochs and distinctively Scottish wildlife. If you fancy taking things to a more active level, how about sailing, pony riding, skiing or kayaking? Oh, and did we mention the whiskey?
Renting holiday accommodation in the Highlands
A holiday in the Highlands is all about travelling around and discovering new places. Freedom and independence are therefore extremely important, so instead of staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast, it is worth considering renting a holiday apartment in the Highlands with HouseTrip. There is a good chance that you will be spending a lot of time outdoors doing some of the many activities on offer; for this reason, a washing machine, which you can use whenever you want, would come in handy, especially if you have young children.
Where to stay in the Highlands
How about the sea practically on your doorstep in a fisherman’s house? This would offer your family inspiration to pick up some paints and get creative, while those that are feeling especially brave could even rent a fishing boat and take to the seas. If you are looking to spend more time in the mountains, then a croft or larger converted farmhouse would be more up your street. Expect spectacular views of the surrounding areas and ample opportunities for wildlife and bird watching. Self-catering accommodation offers you the chance to purchase traditional Highlands ingredients in the local markets, such as smoked fish, haggis and Scotch whiskey, and cook up a Highlands feast in your own kitchen. A wide range of Highlands self-catering holiday accommodation is just a few clicks away with HouseTrip.
The Highlands with the family
Depending on the age of your family, a lengthy hike up a mountain or a spot of kayaking in a loch could be too much. If this is the case then consider the Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge, which offers a number of supervised outdoorsy activities. No family trip to the Highlands is complete without visiting Loch Ness and attempting to spot the monster. The Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie offers a chance to experience a range of animals both native to the region, such as deer and wildcats, as well as more the exotic pandas, tigers and polar bears. There are many casles to visit in the Highlands, some worth a look include Brodie Castle in Forres, Urquhart Castle in Drumnadrochit and Dunrobin Castle close to Golspie.