Ask an expert: Scottish Highlands highlights

The Isle of Skye is a top destination for walkers, with more advanced tracks including the Cullin Range and Trotternish ...
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The Isle of Skye is a top destination for walkers, with more advanced tracks including the Cullin Range and Trotternish Ridge.

Where to stay and what to do in Scotland's scenic north. 

Q. I am travelling to Scotland and would like to see the Highlands. Where are the best places to stay and what are the must-see sites?

A. I spent four months over the winter living in Edinburgh while on my OE and loved it! Scotland is known for its outstanding natural beauty, warm hospitality and fascinating cultural heritage.  

It really depends on how long you have but I would definitely head up to Loch Ness. It's about a three hour drive from Edinburgh - try your luck spotting Nessie! The Isle of Skye is well worth a visit and stop at the popular Eilean Donan Castle (featured in the film Highlander) along the way to capture some amazing photos. There are some great scenic walks on Skye. A two to three night stay would be the perfect amount of time here. Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and a daytrip to Ullapool has to be on your list for the best fish and chips! If time permits visit Orkney in the far north.  

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is a must-do for any trip to Scotland, as is the Jacobite Steam Train - aka the Hogwarts Express for all Harry Potter fans!

- Rebecca Noble, travel consultant, House of Travel Hunter Street, Wellington CBD

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