Unit 6 - Scotland's Highlands and Islands
The Highlands of
Scotland are the rugged, mountainous region in the northwest of the
country. They include the Grampian and Cairngorm mountains
highest mountain, Ben
Nevis. Other geographical features are glens (or
valleys) and lochs (or
lakes) such as Loch Ness with
its legendary monster
The Highlands is one of the most sparsely
populated area in Europe. It has been the setting
for many films such as Braveheart and Highlander.
The area is popular for outdoor activities
such as hiking and climbing,
and in winter for skiing. Wildlife
enthusiasts can see wild cats, pine martins,
red squirrels, golden eagles and deer.
There are nearly eight hundred islands off
the coast of Scotland, of which ninety-seven are populated. The
three main groups of islands are the Hebrides,
the Orkneys and
Many ancient archeological
sites can be seen on
the islands, such as the Callanish standing stones on the
island of Lewis, and Skara Brae, a neolithic settlement on
dolphins and seals can
be seen around the islands.
The highlands and islands are famous for
producing fine whiskies,
celebrated every year at the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival.
Why not go on a tour of the breweries and sample the many different