Free things to do in the Highlands

Visit the Glenfinnan Monument, marking the point where the final Jacobite rising took place in 1745 and Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard on Loch Shiel’s shores. It’s a spectacular spot, with Glenfinnan Viaduct behind.

The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye is a spectacular rock formation set on a hill. The jagged rocks contrast with the grassy slopes and sea beyond. It’s no wonder this is where many a film scene is shot – the most recent being 2016’s The BFG.

Invest in a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass and you’ll get free entry to no fewer than 77 attractions across the Highlands, like Urquhart Castle. The pass is flexible so you can use it freely over your chosen time period.

It’s an easy and pretty walk to reach the gorgeous Falls of Foyers that thunder down to Loch Ness. On your way through the woodland to reach the viewing point keep an eye out for Scottish wildlife like pine martens and red squirrels.

From the grandest castles to Scotland’s most important historic sites and landscapes, the National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket gives free entry to more than 60 places of interest, making it a worthwhile investment.  

Keep Scotland’s Doors Open Days in your diary – every September a great selection of its finest old and new properties throw open their doors for free.

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