The beautiful Highlands of Scotland have lots to offer in the way of culture, scenery and entertainment. Perfect for a short break or a staycation, tourists visit this area to experience its dramatic landscapes, friendly people and high quality holiday accommodation.

Michael Paul Holidays’ stylish eco-lodges are the perfect base for discovering more about John O’Groats. The eco-lodges are a great option for those looking for secluded holiday cottages by the coast. Our cosy cabins are situated just a stone’s throw from the beach with wonderful views out to Orkney. Each cabin has a glass frontage to make the most of the sensational seascape. Should you prefer, we also offer apartments which are part of the John O’Groats Inn. Beautifully appointed with a modern luxury feel, these apartments are of the highest standard.

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Holidays in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a unique blend of dramatic landscapes, spectacular scenery, wonderful architecture and friendly locals. Visitors to the area will agree, there is nothing quite like the magic, mystery and romance of the North of Scotland.

The Highlands are renowned for their wild and unpredictable character. One of our favourite places to visit in North Scotland is John O’ Groats which lies on the most North-Eastern tip of Scotland and is bounded by dramatic coastal scenery. The area is home to the most amazing species of sea bird and marine life. A great way to explore is by boat; a wildlife cruise is one of the best ways to observe the amazing aquatic wildlife in their natural habitat.


Other places of note in the Highlands are Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. Fort William is the second largest town in the Highlands and is close to the famous Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Ben Nevis is a big draw for climbers and mountaineers; the high cliffs on the north face offer some of the best scrambles and ice climbing in the UK. You can also go skiing and snowboarding nearby with Nevis Range offering a year-round ski resort. Visitors to Nevis Range can also experience a High Wire Adventure or take a scenic chair ride above the Leanachan Forest. At the bottom of Ben Nevis is the Ben Nevis Distillery where guests can tour one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and take part in a complementary tasting.

Things to Do in the Highlands

There are loads of great things to see and do in the Highlands. From historical landmarks such as Dunrobin Castle through to the famous Loch Ness, home of ‘Nessie’,  there are plenty of attractions to suit a variety of interests. The Jacobite steam train is a fantastic way to see the Highlands. The rail journey begins in Fort William and ends at Mallaig where passengers can catch a ferry to the Isle of Skye. The Jacobite famously featured as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. Crossing the famous Genfinnan viaduct, as shown in the films, is the real highlight for ‘potterheads’.

Passengers who do decide to take the ferry to the Isle of Skye will find lots of interesting things to do there. Armadale Castle with its beautiful gardens and heritage museum is the perfect place to learn a little bit more about the area’s history. The gardens and woodland are dog friendly and the views are spectacular.

The Highland Wildlife Park is another fun day out. The animal high points are: the red pandas, snow leopards, tigers and the UK’s only female polar bear.

Top Tip: Check the website ahead of time to get the low down on the animal talks and feeding times.