The country of Scotland is located on the upper third of the island of Great Britain. In addition to this mainland, Scotland also consists of over 790 smaller islands. Northern Scotland consists of an area known as the Highlands and Islands. This region contains the Scottish Highlands, Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides. The counties in Northern Scotland are Argyll, Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney and Shetland. Scotland is a breathtakingly beautiful country, and is especially lovely during the summer. Here are some suggestions for places to visit when driving through Northern Scotland in the summer.
Inverness – The city of Inverness is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. When you’re visiting Inverness, you really must check out the site of the 18th century Battle of Culloden, Culloden Moor. There’s a visitor centre nearby where you can learn about the battle and how they tried to preserve the site. Inverness is also close to the famous Loch Ness, where the legendary Loch Ness monster supposedly lurks. In the summer, Inverness hosts several festivals such as the Highland Games, RockNess and Tartan Heart Festival. Some of the museums in Inverness include the Nairn Museum, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Fort George.
Aberdeen – Aberdeen is the third most populated city in Scotland. It is located on the eastern coast of Scotland and is known for its long, sandy coastline. Aberdeen is a cultured city filled with museums, art galleries, performing arts theatres and companies, and music. Aberdeen is quite famous for its Aberdeen International Youth Festival, held every year during the summer. If you’re lucky enough to be in Aberdeen when this festival is running, you’ll be treated to some of the best youth dance, theatre, choral and music companies in the world. Other festivals that take place in Aberdeen include the Doric Festival and the Aberdeen Student Show.
Cairngorms National Park – Located in northeast Scotland, this national park includes the Cairngorms range of mountains and hails. It’s one of the largest national parks in all of Britain. The park contains more than 1,748 miles of land. Things to see in this park include Blair Castle, a major stately home; the Cairngorm mountains, home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland; Highland Wildlife Park, a safari park and zoo; and the Dalwhinnie Single Malt distillery, the distillery at the highest altitude in Scotland.
Peterhead – The town of Peterhead is the easternmost city in mainland Scotland. People enjoy visiting Peterhead due to its lovely harbours and its heritage as a maritime town. You can enjou fishing and golfing during the summer in Peterhead, You can visit the Arbuthnot Museum and Aden Country Park, or learn about how to research family history at the nearby Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.
Trevor Stuart writes about road trips and travel topics for an auto insurance website.