Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Blair Atholl

Blair Castle

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland, magnificent Blair Castle – and its surrounding estates – is the seat of the Duke of Atholl, head of the Murray clan. (The current duke visits every May to rev…
Top Choice Castle in Rum

Kinloch Castle

When George Bullough, a dashing, Harrow-educated cavalry officer, inherited Rum along with half his father’s fortune in 1891, he became one of the wealthiest bachelors in Britain. Bullough blew half his inheritance …
Top Choice Forest in Aviemore

Rothiemurchus Estate

The Rothiemurchus Estate, which extends from the River Spey at Aviemore to the Cairngorm summit plateau, is famous for having one of Scotland’s largest remnants of Caledonian forest, the ancient forest of Scots pine…
Top Choice Zoo in Kincraig & Glen Feshie

Highland Wildlife Park

This place features a drive-through safari park as well as animal enclosures offering the chance to view rarely seen native wildlife, such as wildcats, capercaillies, pine martens, white-tailed sea eagles and red sq…
Top Choice Pub Food in Knoydart Peninsula

Old Forge

The Old Forge is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as Britain’s most remote pub. It’s surprisingly sophisticated – as well as having real ale on tap, there’s an Italian coffee machine. Food is served 12.30pm to…
Top Choice Heritage Railway in Fort William

Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train, hauled by a former LNER K1 or LMS Class 5MT locomotive, travels the scenic two-hour run between Fort William and Mallaig. Classed as one of the great railway journeys of the world, the rout…
Top Choice Museum in Kenmore

Scottish Crannog Centre

Less than a mile south of Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay is the fascinating Scottish Crannog Centre, perched on stilts above the loch. Crannogs – effectively artificial islands – were a favoured form of defensive …
Top Choice Visitor Centre in Pitlochry

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

Opened in 2017, this architecturally stunning visitor centre is perched above the dam on the River Tummel, and houses an exhibition that details the history of hydroelectricity in Scotland, alongside the life cycle …
Top Choice Seafood in Kinlochleven

Lochleven Seafood Cafe

This outstanding place serves superb shellfish freshly plucked from live tanks – oysters, razor clams, scallops, lobster and crab – plus a daily fish special and some non-seafood dishes. For warm days, there’s an ou…
Top Choice Cafe in Aviemore

Route 7 Cafe

This place, named for the cycle route that passes the door, takes a bit of finding (at the end of the side road that passes Cairngorm Brewery), but is well worth seeking out for its hearty menu of burgers, grilled s…