Inverness, The Scottish Highlands—Dramatic Landscapes, Quaint Villages, and Remote Islands

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The Highlands is famous for its many sizeable fishing, shooting and stalking estates, as well as its stunning views and rare wildlife.

The Scottish Highlands are an area like no other in the UK. Located in the north-western most point of the UK, residents are frequently able to bear witness to the Northern Lights and enjoy remarkably long days in the summer, with up to 18 hours of daylight. It is blessed with a dramatic landscape—mountain ranges dominate the region and the Highlands are home to an amazing collection of lochs and lochans as well as Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. One of the least densely populated regions in Europe, the Scottish Highlands is extremely rural with unrivalled wildlife and scope for outdoor pursuits. Quaint villages and remote islands offer a relaxed way of life and the area as a whole usually scores high in quality of life surveys.

Strutt & Parker’s Inverness office covers the whole of the Highlands and further afield, boasting an incredible repertoire of properties that includes magnificent family homes in extensive grounds, enormous country houses with breathtaking views, successful and profitable B&Bs, properties on the banks of the Loch Ness, cottages and bungalows on the Isle of Skye and eco homes in stunning rural locations. In the Highlands, you can get a lot of space, both inside and out, for your money and an unusually high number of properties have splendid, far reaching views over the lochs to the mountains and beyond. The Strutt & Parker Inverness office also manages farms and estates in the Highlands as well as sporting property—the fishing, shooting ,and stalking estates for which the Highlands is famous.

Key towns in the Scottish Highlands

Inverness is generally regarded to be the capital of the Highlands. It sits in an enviable position at the mouth of the river Ness and its impressive castle forms a picturesque backdrop to the city’s striking architecture. The nearby Moray Firth, home to a school of dolphins, is just one of many attractions in the surrounding area. Inverness is also host to one of the largest Highland Games and is within easy reach of both mountains and beaches.

Formerly a busy herring fishing port, Nairn is now a popular seaside and golfing resort benefiting from lots of sun and relatively little rain. Nairn was put on the international map in 2008 by Tilda Swinton’s quirky film festival, the Cinema of Dreams, and plays host to a number of wonderful regular events including the Nairn Agricultural Show and the Nairn Highland Games. The town centre has an enviable range of independent shops including a butcher, craft shop, and bookshop.

Beauly is a peaceful village just 10 miles from Inverness and sits on the Beauly river, one of Scotland’s most popular salmon fishing spots. A charming, well preserved town retaining much of its original architecture and stone construction, Beauly was allegedly named after the French term for ‘beautiful place.’ Along its single main street, headed by the ruins of Beauly Priory, a number of thriving independent stores can be found.

The county town of Sutherland, Dornoch is located on the edge of Dornoch Firth, a designated National Scenic Area. With its relaxed and unhurried pace of life and majestic and remote location on the east coast of Scotland, Dornoch has become a popular holiday resort. The fascinating historic town centre is home to a number of interiors and antiques shops as well a hotel which was once a Bishop’s castle. Dornoch boasts a surprisingly mild climate, which has encouraged the town’s growth as a golfing and walking resort.

Newtonmore is located in the Spey Valley in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It has become a popular holiday resort, particularly with outdoor enthusiasts thanks to is peaceful atmosphere, stunning views, and proximity to Aviemore. Its outdoor opportunities are endless, including golf, fishing, pony-trekking and cycling. A number of local museums celebrate the area’s rich history.

Transport links

Inverness airport offers flights to many airports including London and a handful of destinations in continental Europe. From Inverness, there are regular direct trains to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and other Scottish towns. Two direct trains a day (eight hours) take you from Inverness to London.

An A-road links Inverness to Perth—from there, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of the UK are accessible by motorway.


The Highlands is a dream location for outdoor enthusiasts. It is home to the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest national park, and Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, and is generally known for its stunning, unspoilt landscapes, offering unrivalled vistas. The Highland Access Project is significantly improving the Highlands’ already extensive opportunities for walking, cycling, and riding by providing a vast network of versatile paths and accompanying recommended routes. The numerous lochs in the Highlandsincluding the largest by volume and most fabled off all, the Loch Ness—provide a beautiful setting for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits including bird watching, water sports and golf, with Nairn and Dornoch boasting two of the best golf courses in the country.  

Stalking and fishing are also extremely popular in the Highlands, where the remote and rugged landscape lends itself well to this type of sport. With the Highlands experiencing extreme weather, a number of Highland mountains also offer alpine, telemark and cross-country skiing in the winter months, with three resorts offering a lift network, ski hire, and lessons: Glenshee, The Lecht, and Nevis Range 131.

The perfectly preserved natural landscape is exemplified by the beautifully peaceful Isle of Skye, which alone boasts 400 miles of wild and rugged coastline and unforgettable sunsets. Across the length and breadth of the Highlands, spectacular and rare wildlife is widespread. Seals, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels, dolphins and even puffins are frequently spotted in their natural habitat and such treats are not limited to the confines of the extensive national parks.

Why we love the Scottish Highlands

The Highlands is well known for its stunning scenery and vast open space for those who enjoy the outdoors whether it be walking along the sandy beaches on the Moray coastline catching a glimpse of the dolphins, enjoying the picturesque views of Torridon & Applecross on the west coast, hillwalking along the Great Glen or trying to locate the legendary Monster ‘Nessie’ on a boat journey down the famous Loch Ness.

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