It isn't until you see the true Scottish Highlands for yourself that you realise just how extensive this region is. Included in its borders are Caithness, Inverness, Sutherland, John O'Groats - the most northerly point on the UK mainland, Lochniver and Fort William.
Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland, or the largest when you take into account its depth and volume. It's the perfect hiding place for a legendary monster. There are several beautiful lochs along the Great Glen Fault - the natural fault line which gives Highland so much of its character. It's the perfect destination for those who like to get their adrenaline kicks by throwing themselves down a mountainside on a bike, or who appreciate the sense of achievement that can only come from scaling the crest of a mountain for a view not many people will ever see.
Commanding a prime position at the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms is the UK's largest National Park. Encompassing more than 4500 square kilometres of dramatic rugged beauty, the Cairngorms is double the size of the Lake District National Park and even outsizes the country of Luxembourg. Simply put, the Cairngorms is vast and magnificent, and possibly the most extraordinary of all outdoor playgrounds.
Scotland also has hundreds of beautiful islands dotted around its shores with the Hebrides (both inner and outer), the Shetland Isles and The Orkney Islands being the three main groups. Many islands are uninhabited but those that are, make wonderful holiday destinations with their crystal clear waters, Caribbean white sands, incredible wildlife and welcoming laid-back charm.