No-one who travels to the Northern Highlands can fail to be struck by a sense of being somewhere different. The sheer atmosphere of these northlands makes a big impression.
Yet the Northern Highlands also offer splendid variety, all the way from the remote wildness of the austere rock-hewn landscapes of the far north west now Scotland's first Geopark and Wester Ross, to the quintessentially Scottish architecture of the old burgh of Cromarty at the tip of the Black Isle or the ancient archaeological sites of Caithness.
Getting around the Northern Highlands is easy, with roads radiating out from the natural route centre of Inverness (never too far away) as well as 'coast' roads taking in the best of the spectacular northern seaboard. As a further bonus, some of the best of the northern landscapes, for example mid and east Sutherland and the Flow Country of Caithness, can be seen by train.
The Northern Highlands offer an excellent choice of activities for walkers and climbers and there are hundreds of lochs in the north-west to satisfy anglers who love solitude. There is a good choice of boat trips and cruises for close encounters with sea-caves, sea-stacks, seals and dolphins - and even to a special garden accessible only by sea. Golf, cycling, riding and watersports are all to be found here as well.
Ultimately, however, it is the wildness of the far north and its all but empty grandeur that will stay with you long after you have left.
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