North of Scotland
These northlands are simply magnificent – and have their own landscape contrasts, from the rolling woods of the Black Isle by way of the interlaced lochans of the Flow Country of Caithness, round to the ancient landscapes of the north-west, where weirdly shaped mountains rise from their plinth of ancient rock.
All roads lead to Inverness, the Highland’s riverside capital. Within easy reach are superb links golf courses, Scotland’s most famous loch and most beautiful glen – Glen Affric.
Orkney is one of Britain’s most distinctive holiday destinations – a scattering of green islands where the past seems ever present. As well as the thought-provoking monuments to vanished peoples, Orkney is also great for wildlife, seafood, angling and gentle touring.
Out in the northern seas, visiting Shetland is not like visiting anywhere else in Scotland. For centuries this island archipelago has been influenced by the culture of other northern nations. The Shetland Isles are true to their own unique identity.