Edinburgh Castle, sitting high on its rock dominates the city; an icon of the nation and the top tourist attraction in Britain outside London. But, Edinburgh has another castle, less well known, less frequented but also steeped in the rich and often bloody history of Scotland: Craigmillar Castle. Craigmillar sits on a rocky outcrop about [...]
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March 18, 2012
In ancient times the people of the Highlands didn’t consider the Grampian Mountains as a single block, but as a complex series of ranges and valleys; each with their own characteristics, lofty peaks and secret pathways. A few of the old names have come down to us; and the broad plateau of hills lying to [...]
March 5, 2012
From the Highland capital, Inverness, the A9 Trunk Road continues north through the Black Isle, and over the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths making towards a ridge of blue mountains in the distance; for the land beyond is the great county of Sutherland. Sutherland is a an odd name for a district in the far north [...]
January 4, 2012
Running a travel company, I’m often asked – when is the best time to travel to Scotland; when will I see Scotland at its very best; and there is no right answer to that. Yes, the summer is warmer, but then the roads are busy, and it’s harder to find places to stay. May or [...]
December 2, 2011
Lying to the far north of Scotland are the amazing Orkney Islands; a genuine treasure trove of history, stunning scenery and prehistoric riches. There are standing stones circles and complex burial chambers erected by our Neolithic ancestors over 5000 years ago; a perfectly preserved stone age village; breathtaking cliffs abundant with some of Europe’s largest [...]
October 4, 2011
The mist hung low on the hills and a light breeze rippled the dark waters of the loch as we wandered down the grassy slopes to ancient Finlaggan. The beautiful Isle of Islay (Eilean Ìle) may be more famous for its whiskies, such as Laphroaig, Bowmore and Lagavullin, than for its scenery or its history, [...]
May 20, 2011
The Isle of Skye 3 Day Tour is one of the very best excursions that we at Highland Experience can offer you, and what an experience it is. The Isle of Skye, a land of soaring peaks and a rich Gaelic heritage is one of the most spectacular destinations in Europe. Come with us and learn more about this fascinating place.
March 30, 2011
On a few of our extended tours we visit the stunning valley of Glen Affric: a fantastic landscape of ancient forest and high snow-capped mountains. This is the domain of the Wildcat and Golden Eagle; a time-capsule where the Caledonian Pine Forest thrives. Originally part of the Chisholm domains, Glen Affric has survived the Highland Clearances, sheep grazing and being over run by deer on the sporting estate. Now a National Nature Reserve, and owned in part by the Forestry Commission and the NTS – its future is secure, and a wonderful experience for any visitor.