Top hidden gems in the Highlands

Clava Cairns is a sacred prehistoric site and was featured in the TV series Outlander. Find 3 well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles in a small wood. The site remains somewhat mysterious to historians. Go at sunset or sunrise for the best photos!

Amid the wooded southern shores of Loch Ness you can find a pleasant trail that comes out at a viewpoint beside the Falls of Foyers. The spectacular waterfall drops 140ft (43m) on its way to the loch.

The ruined Castle Tioram sits on a rocky tidal island Eilean Tioram (the Dry Island) where the waters of Loch Moidart and the River Shiel meet. It is possible to visit the island at low tide and get a closer look at the castle!

At the Clansman Centre in Fort Augustus you can immerse yourself in 17th-century Highland life by learning to put on a plaid – an early version of the kilt – and finding out how the claymore, a Highland sword, was made and used.

Walking through Scotland’s Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world.

Head to Moray Firth just outside Inverness for the chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, pilot whales or basking sharks, and you’re guaranteed to spot plenty of seabirds too. There are tours with Ecoventures.

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