Scintilating Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are situated to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault and are very mountainous. For over a hundred years the Scottish Highlands has been the Gaelic speaking area of Scotland, although Highland English is also spoken here. The city of Inverness is generally regarded to be the capital of the Highlands.
The Scottish Highlands are rugged and beautiful. However, since they are so mountainous, the some 250 000 people who live here are spread out quite sparsely in the area. The Highlands are one of the best places to go for Scottish culture since it is distinctly different from the rest of Scotland - the highland communities have a much stronger sense of their inherited culture than the lowlands and many highlanders still speak the Gaelic language.
There are many small villages and towns in the highlands, as well as a big city in the form of Inverness, and some islands which are inhabited. Some of the smaller villages have become craft orientated over the years and you may be able to find some real treasures. Because of the vast differences in this section of the landscape, there are big differences in climate throughout the region. This has led to the highlands producing a wide range of habitats which has in turn, encouraged an array of wildlife to make homes in the area.
There is so much to do in the Scottish Highlands. You can explore castles and visit museums, take a boat trip or train ride. There are beautiful gardens and parks worth visiting as well as a whisky trail. The famous Loch Ness is situated in the highlands and you'll find ancient monuments which can be visited. If you'd like something more adventurous, you might try pony trekking, walking, cycling, skiing, kayaking and sailing. There is no end of things to do in the highlands so you can be sure you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself here.