In Shetland, Vikings were among the earliest visitors. Their influence lives on, not least in the dramatic annual fire festival, Up Helly Aa.
The dark waters of Loch Ness retain a mystery that has remained unsolved since the year 565AD when Saint Columba first sighted a fearsome creature in the loch.
At 3,000 million years old the geology of the Highlands is, quite simply, unique. Scotland boasts 3 European Geoparks – North West Highlands Geopark, Lochaber Geopark and Shetland Geopark. Geoparks are places where you will experience the incredible legacy left by an extraordinary geological past. Geotrail leaflets and ranger guided walks unlock the secrets of the past.
Throughout the country, the scenery – breath-taking landscapes, ancient Caledonian Pine forests and dramatic seascapes – not to mention crystal clear waters and deserted white beaches, has to be seen to be believed.