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Rugged, remote, romantic and rare – the famous Scottish Highlands

With hundreds of Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) and several higher peaks, the Highlands cover half the landmass of Scotland and make up one of Europe’s last great wilderness areas. The mountains to the north and west are particularly spectacular. There are 30 of the Munros within just 30 minutes drive of the Aultguish Inn, making us an ideal base for hill walkers and climbers. More than just mountains, the Highland landscape also features tranquil glens and lochs, acres of forest, fascinating archaeological remains, sandy beaches and numerous islands, a fantastic place to explore the west and north of Scotland coastline.

There are many attractions for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts in our area. Here are a few:

On our doorstep:

  • Stunning Scenery around Aultguish InnGolden eagle
  • Peregrine
  • Hen harriers
  • Red Kite
  • Ptarmigan
  • Black grouse
  • Black-throated divers
  • Greenshank
  • Dotterel
  • Snow bunting
  • Wildcat
  • Red deer
  • Mountain hare
  • Several butterfly species


Within 10km:

  • Pied flycatcher
  • Wood warbler
  • Pine marten


Further afield:

  • White-tailed sea eagles
  • Dolphins in Moray Firth
  • Whale watching on the west coast


A visit to the Highlands is a glorious experience which extends far beyond the traditional image of shortbread, bagpipes and kilts. The Scottish weather can be exhilarating in all seasons – whether you come for the snow-capped mountains of winter or the heather-covered hills, whether the glens are shrouded in atmospheric mist or the lochs are resplendent in sparking sunshine, with the light and sky constantly changing there is never 2 days the same. In the summer months it is only dark for a couple of hours in the middle of the night.

Ross and Cromarty has a population of only 50,000 and yet is similar in size to Cyprus or Puerto Rico. It spans the country from the Atlantic on the west coast to the North Sea on the east. Its mountainous environment and remoteness make this region one of the last truly unspoilt wilderness areas in Europe.

Local industries revolve around farming and fishing, and of course whisky distilling. The earliest Scottish distillery mentioned in official records was the Ferintosh, which is believed to have been located on the Black Isle (Easter Ross). Although it no longer exists, a number of distilleries can be found in the area, including Glenmorangie at the Royal Burgh of Tain and Glen Ord at Muir of Ord.

  • Hillwalking:  we have 30 Munros within easy reach of the Inn and numerous smaller hills and lowlands walks Climbers:  the crags of Bein Dearg, An Teallach and many more opportunities within a short drive from the Aultguish.
  • Anglers:  a multitude of mountain lochs and rivers provide plenty of opportunities to find your catch of the day.  We are happy to freeze your fish for you to take home.
  • Cyclists: either on the road travelling or mountain biking on tracks, there are plenty of miles that can be covered from the Aultguish.
  • Driving/Biking: the roads and scenery around us make us an ideal base for driving and motor biking, said by many bikers to be the best roads in Europe.

We have a friendly and flexible approach, the information found on our website provides a framework and reference point for your visit to the Aultguish Inn, please do not hesitate to email us with any queries and questions you may have.