Scotland's most important mountain range is bordered in the northwest by the Great Glen, which stretches straight from southwest to northeast. Moor and heath characterize the landscape, in which red deer and a large bird variety are at home. Most Munroes, as the Scottish mountains over 3000 feet are called, are located in the Grampians, including Ben Nevis, which at 1345 metres is the highest mountain in Great Britain. The Grampians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Before the Atlantic, they were a continuation of the Appalachians.
Rare plants on the highest mountain in southern Scotland
With an elevation of 1,214 meters, Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in southern Scotland and is one of the legendary “Munros,” a term used for Scottish mountains higher than 3,000 feet. The massif is also famous for its rare plants, which were once common throughout Europe during the last Ice Age, but which have now found a refuge here. You can hike to the top and return to the trail parking lot on a loop trail. (6 hrs, 14.7 km, elevation gain: 920 m, loss: 1360 m)
Distillery and national historic landmark
This distillery was founded in 1798 and is a protected historic monument. Yet whisky is still made here and sold in the visitor center. The whisky is distilled in two wash stills (each can hold 13,000 liters) and two spirit stills (11,500 liters each), which are heated using steam.
Whisky distillery with a legendary pet cat
This whisky distillery near Crieff on the River Turret is said to be the oldest distillery in Scotland still in operation. Today's single malt distillery dates back to the year 1775, as stated on the distillery's label. Yet illegal whisky was being made here for 60 years prior to that. The Distillery is also famous for its legendary pet cat, Towser, which even made it into the “Guinness Book of World Records” by reaching a biblical age (for a cat) of nearly 24 years. It is said to have killed a total of 28,899 mice before dying in 1987. A statue of the cat was placed next to the distillery as a memorial in 1991. The distillery also has a visitor center.
Arts and Crafts from the Scottish Highlands
Heathergems offers something special among the many jewellery shops: jewellery in which heather from the Scottish Highlands is used. Whether decor for the home, earrings or necklaces: the forms are original and partly follow Celtic models.
Prehistoric pile dwellings on a beautiful freshwater lake
This freshwater lake is 23 kilometers long and is among the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. Loch Tay features the elongated form of an Ice-Age lake. The main road will take you along the northern shore while the southern shore is only accessible via a one-lane road. If you drive all the way around the lake, you can visit the Crannog Centre in Kenmore, where you can see reconstructions of prehistoric pile dwellings standing in the lake.
Bizarre cliffs and a long sandy beach
Two of the main attractions of the town between Aberdeen and Dundee are fascinating cliff formations and a long strip of coastline with an excellent beach. About 6 km from the coast stands the House of Dun, built in 1730. Farther south is Arbroath, famous for its 12th century abbey and a smoked haddock dish called “smokies.” The picturesque Glamis Castle near Forfair is home to King Macbeth in Shakespeare's play of the same name. Numerous legends are connected with the ancient estate.
Nice town in Scotland's geographical center
The village on the river Tummel counts 2,600 inhabitants and is the geographic center of Scotland. The place is worth a visit because of its pretty townscape, the gentle countryside and the castles in the surrounding area, especially Blair Castle. Also whiskey lovers get their money's worth. At the barrage at Loch Fascally a fish ladder with underwater viewing station was built, where one can watch thousands of salmon.