Before or after visiting Edinburgh and/or Glasgow, it is on people’s minds to go to The Highlands.
The region definitely has a special place in people’s minds and hearts and it’s becoming increasingly popular to spend a few days here exploring the magical landscape of the Isle of Skye, tasting a fine single malt whisky at one of the many whisky distilleries in Speyside or being awed by the beauty of the Glencoe region.
This very special region encompasses Perthshire, Aberdeenshire, the North and West Highlands, and Moray Speyside (it’s a HUGE area!)
The journey by car between Edinburgh/Glasgow and Inverness is around 4 or 5 hours depending on route and road conditions (it’s FAR!). And distances between places within the Highlands region can be significant, due to road conditions, traffic, and also weather conditions in the region at some parts of the year.
To make the most of your time and money, it is recommended to save at least 3 days and 2 nights to explore the region and a good base for your stay can be Inverness or Moray Speyside area (check here for some accommodation information: https://moreinmoray.com/more-in-moray-extras/where-to-stay/)
Typically, the best time to visit the region is between April and October, when places are FULLY OPEN for the season and you’re likely to find your favorite castle or whisky distillery waiting for you. However, if you are looking for uncrowded places to visit and on top of that with a UNIQUE and STUNNING landscape then Autumn and Winter in the Highlands are for you. At these times you will find charming and cozy places to stay and enjoy fantastic local cuisine, no matter what the weather outside. Not forgetting that in the winter period, seasonal sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and walking have guaranteed places in the mountains of Glencoe and the Cairngorms National Park – the same ones with beautiful views from the car! And there’s more: winter is the best time to see the Aurora Boreal (Northern Lights) and for astronomy lovers, the practice of observing the stars, or Stargazing, has a special focus. Get your camera and spyglass ready!
IMPORTANT!! Shops, attractions, and cafes usually close between 5 and 6 pm, even during summer and it is highly recommended to book attractions and restaurants online, especially during high season.
During the winter, the region enjoys 7 hours of daylight – for some tourists traveling during this period, it can be challenging, however, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed as long as you have good planning. In summer, daylight can exceed 15 hours.
Don’t forget to take back all the lovely memories you’ll create as you visit and explore this special area in Scotland. Come prepared to discover a region rich in traditions and natural beauty, all year round!