The Scottish Highlands are considered by many to be the most beautiful place on earth. There is undoubtedly no denying that the Highlands are a spectacular area of Scotland. With heather-clad glens, flast flowing rivers, mountains and moorland and some of Britain's most exciting wildlife there is so much to enjoy and see here.
As one of Europe's last great wilderness areas it is a stronghold for native wildlife and flora but the Scottish Highlands have a fascinating cultural heritage of their own. From ancient clans and their castles, battlefields and mythical stories of legends like the Loch Ness Monster. The most sparsely populated part of the United Kingdom, the ramifications of the 'Highland Clearings' are still seen today. Exploring today, you may come across the odd renovated mountain 'Bothy' or even a farmed croft, hints at once busier places that used to dot the whole of the Highlands. As a result of the clearings many highland folk moved to the United States or further afield, giving way to the rise of great sporting estates.
The Highlands of Scotland, renowned the world over for rugged beauty - here you will discover Sir Walter Scott's romantised Scottish landscapes, the landscapes so beloved by Queen Victoria.
4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS, SCOTLANDS WORLD FAMOUS SPEYSIDE - A WHISKY MAKING PARADISE, THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, BALMORAL CASTLE (THE...
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Climbing to the top of Mount Newtontoppen is an experience that few people on earth are ever given the opportunity to enjoy.
This is one of those experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If the weather conditions are right you may even be able to enjoy lunch on the summit, looking north across what seems like all of Spitsbergen's true Arctic wilderness.
Sandgrouse Travel: Jonny Stage