The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination and it's simply magnificent to view by rail.
As you journey through a beautiful and inspiring land with a rich and dramatic history, you'll discover mysterious lochs, majestic mountains and, passing through the UK's largest National Park (with stops at Carrbridge, Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore), you'll witness spectacular and rare wildlife. Explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline, take part in some thrilling outdoor activities and adventures, and follow Scotland's only Malt Whisky Trail.
Whatever time of year, Cairngorm Mountain is well worth a visit - just take the train to Aviemore station and catch a local bus down to the mountain itself. Try your hand at snowsports during the winter months or take a trip up the peak on the funicular railway for panoramic views across the region from over 3,500 ft.
There is so much history to uncover in the Highlands too, from the fascinating Highland Archive in Inverness, to the Bronze Age Clava Cairns just outside the city. What's more, wherever you journey across the Highlands, don't miss the mouth-watering local produce on menus, including seafood, meat and dairy products.
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To help plan your trip to the Highlands, VisitScotland provides more in-depth information here
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