Holidays in the Scottish Highlands and Islands | Michael Paul Holidays

Scottish Highlands and Islands

Glenfinnan Scottish Highlands

Holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Renowned for their wild and unpredictable character, the beautiful Highlands of Scotland have a huge amount to offer in the way of culture, scenery and entertainment. Perfect for a short break or staycation, tourists visit this area to experience its dramatic landscapes, friendly people and high quality-holiday accommodation. One of our favourite places to visit in Northern 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 and a wildlife cruise is one of the best ways to observe the amazing aquatic wildlife in their natural habitat. 

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Scottish Castle Apartments

The Scottish Castle Apartments are set within a stunning Victorian castle on the Isle of Lewis which dates back to 1844. This range of stylish apartments in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides feature unique décor, showcasing locally sourced contemporary furniture including individual features such as freestanding baths.

John O'Groats Lodges & Apartments

Our John O'Groats Lodges resort boasts a collection of stylish apartments and Scandinavian eco-lodges with sweeping oceanic views over John O’Groats Harbour and the rocky Scottish shores alongside it. The friendly village offers everything you need for a self-catering holiday in the enchanting remoteness of this beautiful locale.

About the Scottish Highlands and Islands

The Scottish Highlands are a unique blend of dramatic landscapes, spectacular scenery, wonderful architecture and friendly locals. Regarded as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness is a good place to visit on foot. Visit the attractive, compact city and take in Inverness Castle, St Andrews Cathedral or an art gallery. Remember to pay a visit to the world-famous Loch Ness where you can take a loch cruise, explore Urquhart Castle on its banks or try and spot the mysterious Loch Ness monster. 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. Visitors to the area will agree, there is nothing quite like the magic, mystery and romance of the North of Scotland.

Things to do in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train Scotland

Ride the Jacobite steam train, featured as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter, and then catch a ferry to the Isle of Skye and cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle Scotland

Visit Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms, extensive grounds and a Victorian Museum. 

Highland Wildlife Park

Highland Wildlife Park red panda

You can see the UK’s only female polar bear at Highland Wildlife Park. Other animal high points are the red pandas, snow leopards and tigers.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Scotland

Hike up Scotland’s tallest peak, Ben Nevis, by Mountain Track or take a ride in the Mountain Gondola for breathtaking views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen.

5 Reasons to Holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

1. Experience a real adventure in the natural wonders of Lochaber in Fort William, known as the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'.

2. See if you can spot the Loch Ness monster and discover the folklore behind the mystery as you take in the incredible views.

3. The high cliffs on the north face of Ben Nevis offer some of the best scrambles and ice climbing in the UK plus skiing and snowboarding nearby, a High Wire adventure and a scenic chair ride above the Leanachan Forest. 

4. Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebrides, where you can explore spectacular natural features such as The Old Man of Storr and the Quirang plus prehistoric sites and ancient castles. 

5. 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.