‘The hills and glens and wild coastline of Scotland’s Highlands and islands offer the ultimate escape – one of the last corners of Europe where you can discover genuine solitude.’ (Lonely Planet Scotland’s Highlands & Islands)
Best general guidebooks
The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands contains more information than ever on where to go and what to see in this part of Scotland, with practical information on everything from events listings to transport logistics. There's also coverage of the brand new North Coast 500 route, which loops around the northernmost reaches of the country.From Skye's breathtaking Cuillin ridge to abandoned castles, via rip-roaring unplanned ceilidhs, this stark and weather beaten part of the planet will not disappoint. Published in 2017, this guidebooks is more current than the Lonely Planet equivalent, which was published in 2015 and now contains some out-of-date information.
Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Scotland’s Highlands & Islands, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice. Coverage includes Southern Highlands & Islands, Walking the West Highland Way, Central Highlands, The Great Glen & Lochaber, Skye & The Western Isles, Northwest Highlands, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, and more.
- inspirational images, city walks and recommendations from our expert
- planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip
- local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique
Best for Walkers
The Great Glen Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails that runs along the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness. The trail stretches alongside the scenic Caledonian Canal, which links Loch Lochy and Loch Oich with the famous Loch Ness. The route uses undulating forest tracks, lakeside paths, old drove roads and military roads, as well as contrasting stretches over heather moorlands or through city suburbs. The Great Glen is one of the most remarkable features in the Scottish landscape - a ruler-straight valley along an ancient fault line through the Highlands.
This guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet – describes the route in both directions. The guidebook includes practical information, 1:100,000 OS mapping, step-by-step route descriptions for every stage of the walk and lists the facilities found along the way. A separate booklet of 1:25,000 OS mapping provides all the mapping needed to walk the trail.