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The Scottish Highlands refers to a historic regional, as opposed to the lower parts of Scotland. Basically, it's the northwestern area of Scotland.
The area covered here does not include the far northeast. Many will still think of this in terms of older names - Wester Ross and Sutherland. Much of it is taken by the wonderful Torridonian Sandstone Area. Further north there is gneiss as found in the Outer Hebrides.
This is the area that contains the UK's highest peak, Ben Nevis and its range. However this is by no means the end - some would say not even the greatest - of its charms. The Pass of Glencoe is remembered for a terrible massacre but that has not diminished the awesome beauty of the mountains on each side of the glen. These include Aonoch Eagach, one of the two finest ridge walks on the UK mainland.
Further west lies the somewhat softer but staggeringly beautiful area of Ardnamurchan.
The Cairngorms are very different from Scotland's other highland areas. They comprise a huge plateau of some of the UK's highest peaks, split by the incomparable (in the UK) Lairig Ghru, a high level pass.
The mainland part of the area 'Skye and Lochalsh' is inserted into the 'Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn' area. Nairn is treated as part of the north-eastern area. Inverness itself is not much above sea level and marks the end of the Caledonian Canal through the Great Glen from Fort William. The lovely areas of Glen Affric, Kinitail and Lochalsh are all included here.
N.B. Sometimes a village is so small that you may not realise you have already gone past!
as well as Scourie, Achiltibuie, Poolewe, Gairloch, Skieldaig, Diabaig, Torridon, Applecross, Kinlochbervie and Stoer.
as well as Ballachulish, Beauly, Spean Bridge, Arisaig, Glenfinnan, Strontian, Glenuig, Lochaline, Glencoe and Kinlochleven.
as well as Kincraig and Boat of Garten.
as well as Dornie, Foyers, Drumnadrochit, Kinlochourn, Invergarry, Glenelg, Plockton
Spring is the best time for a visit with generally dry but cool weather with some showers now and then. Other times there is always a chance of rain and temperatures rarely go above 20 °C. Snow and frost are common in winter, but not that heavy.
The main airports into Scotland are:
Airlines flying into Scotland are mainly from regional destinations. There are also seasonal flights from North America. Major airlines include British Airways, easyJet, First Choice Airways, Flybe, Flyglobespan, MyTravel Airways, Ryanair, Thompsonfly, Thomas Cook Airlines.
To travel to the Highlands (and the Isles) by plane, there are a number of national flights that go to the smaller airports. The airport at Inverness is regarded as the gateway to the Highlands. It is served by British Airways (in the form of Logan Air, a franchise partner), Easyjet, BMI, Eastern Airways, Aer Arann, Ryanair, Highland Airways, and Lufthansa, although the latter only in the summer shedule.
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