northern highlands
skye & lochalsh
inverness, loch ness & nairn
aviemore & cairngorms
fort william & lochaber
Museum of Island life, Kilmuir, Skye
Food & Drink
History & Heritage
Clans and tartans
The Highland's traditional family system (and their contribution to fashion!)
The Jacobites
These followers of Bonnie Prince Charlie played a major part in Scottish history....
The earliest evidence of people in the Highlands....

History & Heritage

In the Highlands, the past is all around. Ancient cairns and stone settings, the later brochs (defensive round towers), then the Picts with their mysterious carved symbol stones have all left their faint traces on the landscape.

In the north, the Viking war galleys once roved, the root of Gaelic place names in the west such as Shieldaig (sild-vik - herring bay) or Diabaig (deop-vik- deep bay), while more obviously Norse in Caithness where Langwell (lang vollr - long field), or Whaligoe (hvair gja - whale inlet) or dozens more remind us of their rule here.

Then clan system then evolved with Mackays and Sinclairs, Mackenzies and Frasers, Camerons, Macdonalds and lots more, all holding their territories by force of arms. These gaelic speaking Highland clans not only skirmished, but gave encouragement through their chiefs to bards and storytellers, adding to the rich heritage of music and legend which has survived until today.

Though the old clan ways have vanished, the Highlands are still a special place and a place apart, enjoyed not only for their unspoilt environment but for their particular sense of the intertwining of past and present. In such atmospheric Highland settings, Neolithic folk, Bronze Age warriors, Picts, Vikings and clansmen need only your imagination to come alive!

History & Heritage links
Explore the castles of the highlands...
Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland safeguards the nation's built heritage and promotes its understanding and enjoyment...
National Trust for scotland
The National Trust for Scotland is a charity working to conserve much of Scotland's heritage. They manage over 100 places to visit...

Am Baile website
Am Baile
Am Baile, the Gaelic Village, is a major learning and research resource for everyone with an interest in the language, culture and history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands logo