There’s something about the fearsome, lonely beauty of the highlands that makes me feel pure joy.
The best way to experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands is to go on a road trip. It’ll be a trip of ancient castles, quiet beaches, fresh seafood and mysterious, rugged beauty. The unique beauty of Northern Scotland is due to the fact that it wasn’t even part of the British Isles 200 million years ago. Rather, geologists believe that it was part of North America, but ended up on the other side of the Atlantic due to continental drift.
The unique geology of the region has made it an official UNESCO geopark. The Geopark covers around 480 square miles of beautiful peatlands, beaches, mountains, forests, and coastline. The region is home to the tallest mountain of the British Isles, Ben Navis. While this region was once as populated as the rest of the Isles, the Highland Clearances of the mid 18th century combined with the arrival of the industrial revolution caused a widescale migration to urban areas.The area is now extremely sparsely populated.
The area is replete with must see destinations, but here are a few highlights:
Knoydart Peninsula – If you enjoy pristine wilderness, this region is perhaps the most remote location on mainland Britan. It can only be reached by boat, or a 16 mile hike over rough terrain.
Appin – This region is known for its majestic castles. Perhaps the most famous castle is Stalker – also known as the Castle Aargh of Monty Python and the Holy Grail fame.
Sandwood Bay – This beautiful isolated bay could very well be the most beautiful beach in all of Britain. Its emerald green waters and spectacular ecology make it a must visit – visually, it could very well have been transported to the British Isles from the Caribbean.
If you enjoy beautiful scenery, isolated landscapes, and historic culture, you’ll be truly happy in the Scottish Highlands.