The Scottish Highlands is inarguably the most stunning and magnificent regions in Scotland and is the most one of the most visited destinations in the UK, popular with European tourists and hill walking enthusiasts from all corner of the globe. The Highlands has so much to offer and is the perfect destination to get an authentic taste of the real Scotland, from picture postcard towns to towering castles, from enchanting wildlife to exquisite food and tantalising malt whiskies.
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The seamless combination of legend, history and the great outdoors guarantee visitors a memorable holiday and a hospitably warm Highland welcome. Whether you are visiting for a short break or longer vacation, this spectacular mountainous region in Northern Scotland enchants visitors with a rich plethora of lively events and festivals in towns and villages dotted across the Highlands, dedicated to the its long and turbulent history, its majestic landscape and the its rich larder of produce that the Highland region is renowned for.
Why not visit the Highlands during the winter when you can experience the region's romantic and picture postcard scenery with white snow dusting the peaks of the Cairngorms and West Highlands. The winter season in the Highlands welcomes visitors to attend the spectacular Aviemore Dog Sled Rally every January, attracting thousands from around the UK and beyond to the forests around the resort of Aviemore. This century old racing tradition showcases around 200 teams of huskies from all over Britain straining at the leash in late January. Organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain, the rally is run on tracks around Loch Morlich, set in the backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains. This event is the biggest gathering of its kind in the UK with first bred dogs put to the test under Artic conditions.
In the West Highlands, the annual Fort William Mountain Film Festival is showcased for nine days in February which offers the best winter walking and climbing conditions of the year. Mountaineers and walking enthusiasts we will be enthralled by a varied and very full programme of lectures, films, activities and exhibitions relating to the mountains of this world renowned walking region. Following the festival's success in 2003, 2004 and 2005, it is now secures its place as one of the Highland region's most popular annual fixtures. Why not book dates for winter walking, climbing and skiing in Fort William and Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK and enjoy the entertainment organised by the Fort William Mountain Film Festival.
For gastronomists and those passionate about food, the Highland Feast Festival will certainly tantalise those taste buds, offering a sumptuous feast of fresh Scottish produce, fine malt whiskies and liqueurs and a host of Highland entertainment, affectionately renowned as a 'lively celebration of some of the world's finest produce'. Undoubtedly the largest Food and Drinks Festival in the North, this festival plays host to an effervescent melange of epicurean activities and entertainment, staged in variety of towns and villages across the Highlands, from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh in late September and early October, every year. This dynamic event has attracted over 7,000 people in recent years and offers an exquisite range of game, fruits, preserves and seafood for tasting or purchase. Definitely one to get your teeth into!
The Highlands of Scotland is beautiful throughout the year with changing hues and colours of its majestic landscape between the seasons. No matter what time of year you spend time in this gorgeous region, you will be enchanted with the wealth of outdoor activities and entertaining events that it has to offer.