Travel Guide

landscape featured in the highland tour

From beautiful, untouched hiking trails to the most famous mysteries of our time, the Scottish Highlands have some of the most beautiful landscapes on our planet. The Highlands are world famous and offer visitors a true mixture of history, culture and true wilderness like you've never seen before. With big beautiful skies, some of the friendliest people around and of course, the Loch Ness Monster, the Highlands is a must see.

The Mysteries Of The Highlands

Mountains in the Scottish Highland

It's no surprise that the Scottish Highlands offer a certain sense of mystery. It's a rugged and remote part of the world and offers a real sense of the unknown, which is no doubt why it now plays host to the famous Outlander. In 2020, it was voted one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and for good reason too. Scotland has remained close to its roots in that it offers an authentic experience wherever you go so if you're looking to immerse yourself in true Scottish wonder, then look no further.

First and foremost, in Scotland, hiking is considered a lifestyle. It's so popular amongst local culture in fact that around 95% of all tourists in Scotland go hiking. Scotland refer to hikers climbing over 3000ft as 'Munro baggers'. Scotland plays host to around 282 Munros, most of which reside in the Highlands which make it a massive drawer for those wanting to step into the shoes of true Scots. With breathtaking views and the ability to experience four seasons in one day, it's safe to say that becoming a Munro Bagger for the day isn't for the faint hearted but it's certainly worth it.

The Weather Is Part Of The Culture

Snowing in the Highlands

While the weather in the Highlands can tend to lean toward the grey and dreary side of things, the Highlands has a way of making even the most bleak weather look phenomenal. With such a rich history, the architecture offers more stories than anywhere else. The countless amounts of battles with invading Romans and more, the Scottish remain the proudest bunch out there. Without actually visiting, the sheer ruggedness of Scotland is hard to understand but the passion of this country is something that will pull you in from the first minute you set foot on their land.

From Highland games to enjoying the backdrop of the Highlands themselves beyond the mist and dew that appears on what feels like a daily basis…the Highlands will grab your heart in full and never let go. While Scotland itself is only the size of one American state with a population of just 5 million people, this country has the ability to pack a punch like no other. Just take their food and drink as a clear example.

Food And Drink In The Highlands

If there's one thing the world knows all too well about the Scottish, it's that they love their drink and who can blame them? With a dram here and there and of course, some of the finest whiskey around, spelt 'whisky' while you're there is the perfect way to wash down some seriously Highland inspired food.

If you really want to get in on the action then we suggest you dive into some of their ultimate delicacies such as shortbread, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. They even have a regular supply of vegan and vegetarian versions of haggis so everyone can get in on the action. You can even grab some 'Scottish breakfast' tea as opposed to the usual 'English breakfast' tea.

Exploring The Scottish Highlands

Fairy Pools, must see in the Isle of Skye

The Scottish Highlands are so vast; so vast in fact that you have West Highlands, Central Highlands, along with North, South and everywhere else. While there are two lakes bigger and even deeper than the world famous Loch Ness, Loch Ness is the perfect place to experience a little local folklore. The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie as she's better known is a creature that's said to inhabit the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. With a huge long neck and few humps poking through the surface of the water, this local 'beast' is something that brings thousands of people every year to the Highlands in search of sightings.

Evidence of Nessie's true existence is of course questionable with just a few sightings with photographs and sonar readings but regardless, the fun and excitement of searching for the phenomenon is something everyone should experience. Whether she's a hoax or the ultimate champion in hide and seek, taking some time to check out the Loch Ness and its monster is a must-see.

See The Highlands Like Never Before With Blubale

Tour to the Highlands from Edinburgh featuring Glencoe

Here at Blubale, we offer some amazing tours to the Highlands from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. and surrounding areas. We will do our best to show you not only the darker corners but the eerie charm that's often felt by tourists in this amazing destination.

These are guaranteed to give you a real taste of Scotland and show what this wonderful country is all about. If you have time, we highly suggest taking a peek at one of our walking tours in Edinburgh and Glasgow to get a closer inspection of the city, something you won't want to miss.