5 Reasons Why You Have to Visit the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are my favourite place in the world. It’s not just the outstandingly beautiful scenery or the warm, friendly people. There’s something magical and ancient about the Highlands that you can feel when you are there. Here are my top 5 reasons to visit the Scottish Highlands!

1. Beauty

The Isle of Skye

Starting off with the obvious: The Highlands are stunning. The Highlands have it all – immense mountains, sparkling lochs, and the rugged beauty of the stretching fields and landscapes. Surprisingly, it’s not just green moss and grey skies. There are places in Scotland that look positively tropical! Being part of an Island, Scotland not only has inland waters but also coasts, where there are sandy beaches and blue waters. I could sit and enjoy looking at the natural terrain in Scotland, soaking in the sublime, all day long! One of my favourite places in The Highlands is the Isle of Skye – if you pay a visit, I promise you won’t regret it.

2. Outdoor Activities

There are many ways to take advantage of the landscape in The Highlands. You can hike, mountain climb, ski, snowboard, surf, and explore national parks and historic sites! From the mountain-scape of Ben Nevis to the waves in Thurso, there are no shortage of ways to get your adrenaline pumping in The Highlands.

3. History

Are you a fan of history? Castles? Museums? The Highlands are stocked with not only castle ruins, but functioning castles and heritage buildings that take you back in time. While you are studying in the UK, consider a short trip to places like Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, or the charming Kisimul Castle in Castlebay (it’s literally a castle on a small island in a bay). Many castles in The Highlands are the ancestral homes of the Clans, and visiting these spots gives you the sense of the many people who inhabited them over the centuries. For a history buff like me, there’s nothing quite like it.

Eilean Donan Castle

4. Culture

The Highlands have much to offer in the way of unique culture. There is a warm sense of hospitality, which lends itself particularly to the food and drink. You can’t go to The Highlands without having a wee dram of whisky, or trying Scotland’s best known delicacy – haggis! Don’t worry, there are vegetarian haggis options too. I personally recommend trying vegetarian haggis!

5. Magic

Glen Coe

As I said, there is something magical about The Highlands. The land is steeped in folklore and legend, including tales of Kelpies (a water horse), Selkies (creatures who could transform from humans into seals), and the Bean-Nighe (a fairy woman, considered to be an omen of death). You may have heard of a little-known legend that tells the tale of a mysterious being, said to inhabit the waters of Loch Ness. That’s right, Nessie! The Loch Ness Monster has brought tourists by the thousands to the shores of Loch Ness just south of Inverness. The Highlands definitely feel ancient and mysterious. In my opinion, on a misty and grey day, the lines between this world whatever else is out there become rather blurred.

As I said, there is something magical about The Highlands. The land is steeped in folklore and legend, including tales of Kelpies (a water horse), Selkies (creatures who could transform from humans into seals), and the Bean-Nighe (a fairy woman, considered to be an omen of death). You may have heard of a little-known legend that tells the tale of a mysterious being, said to inhabit the waters of Loch Ness. That’s right, Nessie! The Loch Ness Monster has brought tourists by the thousands to the shores of Loch Ness just south of Inverness. The Highlands definitely feel ancient and mysterious. In my opinion, on a misty and grey day, the lines between this world whatever else is out there become rather blurred.

Across the Pond works with several Scottish universities, including:

University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

Edinburgh Napier University

Robert Gordon University

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

If you would like to find out more about studying in Scotland or the rest of the UK, please contact one of our Advisors.