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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
Lonely Planet just announced their top regions to visit in 2019, and alongside Northern Peru, Gujarat in India and the Far East of Russia; the Scottish Highlands and Islands have been named in the list!  But what makes this part of Scotland so good to Lonely Planet?


There's been 20 distilleries opened in the Highlands and Islands in the past two years, and there's plans for 20 more to open by 2020.  Lonely Planet describes whisky as the 'essence' of the Highlands and Islands, and states that it is one of the main attractions to the area.  Scotland does whisky better than anyone else in the world, so it is completely worth the visit!


Vastly wild and uninhabited, Scotland's Highlands and Islands are stunning to explore.  You're bound to find something new, or a hidden gem, or something you had no idea was there before each and every time. What have you got planned for your next Highlands and Islands adventure?

Stunning Accommodation

There are so many unique and amazing places to stay in the Highlands and Islands, from cottages to castles, to wigwams, to old train carriages.  You're bound to find the weird and wonderful in terms of places to stay, like the beautiful Clachaig Inn at Glencoe!

What makes the Highlands and Islands great for you?  Leave your reasons below!  :)
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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I haven't been to any of the islands yet (sadly) but I can see why people love the Highlands so much. I have been to stay at The Lazy Duck a couple of times and loved being surrounded by so much nature (including red squirrels) in their cozy cabins

    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • I grew up on Lewis and live in Drumnadrochit and I can’t see myself ever moving away from the Highlands and Islands. It’s the extremes that have kept me here, from the landscapes, to the sea, to the light and even the weather. There’s nothing like a good Hebridean storm to blow away the cobwebs... and the peatstack! 🙂

    And this is the route of my commute to work, it would be a real wrench to have to move away!

  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @LochNessPhotography this is stunning!! You surely are lucky to call this home  <3
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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