The Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running is a monster of a running event! The marathon follows the south-eastern shore of Loch Ness, across the River Ness and into Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
One of Britain’s most fantastic biking experiences, ride the coast-to-coast route through the Scottish Highlands and take in the range of spectacular scenery from the comfort of your saddle.
A great rock-climbing area is Glencoe, in the western Highlands. Cliffs vary in size, so there are opportunities for gentler scrambles on the outcrops that run through the glen or, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s plenty of scope for mountaineering climbing of up to 1,000ft (300m).
If you’re keen on scaling great heights, the Highlands will not disappoint. The Cairngorms National Park is home to 4 of the 5 highest mountains in Scotland. Britain’s highest mountain at 4,409ft (1,344m) is Ben Nevis, accessible from Fort William in the west Highlands.
When the snow starts to fall, the adventure in the mountains continues at Scotland’s snow resorts. Head to Fort William, or Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Cairngorm Mountain has a funicular railway. For the most consistent snow The Lecht in the eastern Cairngorms is thought to be the best.
Scotland is the home of golf, and with such scenery it’s little wonder that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic golf courses. One of the most famous is St Andrews Old Course, whose Swilcan Burn Bridge has to be one of the most photographed golfing spots in the world!
The Inverness Highland Games and the Nairn Highland Games (both normally held in August each year) offer the chance to immerse yourself in Scottish culture, from bagpiping to a mass Highland fling. Sporting events include Scots Hammer, Tossing the Caber and the Tug o’ War.