Introducing North & West Coast
Quintessential Highland country such as this, marked by single-track roads, breathtaking emptiness and a wild, fragile beauty, is a rarity on the modern, crowded, highly urbanised island of Britain. You could get lost up here for weeks – and that still wouldn’t be enough time.
Carving its way from Thurso to Glencoul, the north and northwest coastline is a feast of deep inlets, forgotten beaches and surging peninsulas. Within the rugged confines, the deep interior is home to vast, empty spaces, enormous lochs and some of Scotland’s highest peaks.
The remarkable thing about the landscape is that it makes you feel special. Whether it’s blazing sunshine or a murky greyness, the character of the land is totally unique and constantly changing – for that window of time in which you glimpse it, you capture an exclusive snapshot of this ancient area in your mind (or on your camera). Park the car and gaze. This northernmost slab of the Highlands is the stuff of coastal-drive dreams.
North & West Coast destination guides
5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
Explore the Highland beauty of Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye on a 5-day excursion from Edinburgh.
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness
Explore the romantic Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness. Taking in spectacular Highland scenery, your tour passes Loch Ness and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle before reaching Skye, where gnarly mountain peaks and hillsides swathed in purple heather are framed by soft, sandy beaches.