North of Scotland Top Attractions

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Balmoral Castle

Ballater

Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.

Ben Nevis

Fort William

The dramatic effect of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, is emphasised by the fact that it begins its rise from sea-level on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to tower 4,406ft (1,344m) above the town of Fort William

Cairngorms National Park

Grantown-on-Spey

The Park stretches from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate

Castle of Mey and Gardens

Thurso

The most northerly castle on the Scottish mainland, it was built between 1566 and 1572. The castle was acquired by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1952 and renovated and restored by her.

Glamis Castle

Forfar

Family home of the Earls of Strathmore. Childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of the present Queen's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret Rose. Legendary setting of Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

Glenfiddich Distillery

Keith

Guided tours; film in six languages; new Visitor Centre; new Glenfiddich Bar and Coffee Shop; exclusive Gift Shop; large car park; outdoor picnic tables.

Kilchurn Castle

Dalmally

The Castle was historically a Campbell stronghold but is likely to have been built on an earlier McGregor of Glenstrae site. The McGregors were the dominant clan in the area until being eclipsed by the Campbells.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Stirling

The Park covers approximately 1865 kilometres/ 720 square miles, from Balloch in the south to Killin in the north and Callander in the east to Strachur in the west.

Loch Ness

Inverness

The Loch and surrounding area is one of the most celebrated holiday destinations in the UK. Wild and beautiful, the surrounding countryside is scenic and teeming with wildlife. The Loch itself holds the myth of the tale of the 'Loch Ness Monster' and visitors can learn about past stories and tales.

Old Man of Hoy

Hoy

Hoy is the only village here opposite Stromness. Otherwise the island is largely unpopulated and covered in open moorland where mountain hares, great skuas, merlins, kestrels and and many other birds. The sandstone cliffs along the coast are spectacular and include the world famous landmark - The Old Man of Hoy
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