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Highland Folk Museum

Reckoned as the foremost open-air museum of Britain, the Highland Folk Museum is a fascinating spot for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. Opened for public viewing in 1944, the museum attempts to re-create ancient culture and the old-school way of living as witnessed in the Highlands. The museum comprises reconstructed buildings from the 18th Century, a township belonging to the 1700's, a working farm and various archives and photographs. The museum holds systematic collections of various artifacts that retell the stirring history of the land. Right from agricultural elements, domestic life, crafts, trades and the lives and times of the region’s inhabitants, the wholesome artefacts of the museum chronicle multiple facets.

Stob Choire Claurigh

Considered to be one of the most scenic ridge hikes in Scotland, Stob Choire Claurigh is found nearly 16 kilometers (10 miles) to the east of historic Fort William. For climbing the mountain directly, hikers start from the Corriechoille farmland area found close to Spean Bridge. Once at its peak, you get fascinating views of the tops and switchbacks of Grey Corries upland as well as Ben Nevis and Aonach Beag.


Achnacarry is a private estate which serves as a seat for the chiefs of Clan Cameron. The estate houses a very famous castle that was originally built in 1655. Destroyed in a battle, it was later reconstructed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1802. It was also used as a training depot during the Second World War. The estate's historical significance can only be matched by its natural beauty. Made up of some fine woods, rugged hills, a lovely loch and an ancient castle, entering this estate is blissful at its least. There are various accommodation options on the estate that can be booked for a peaceful or adventurous family getaway. There are a number of outdoor activities that you can do in and around the estate or you can just lie down on the grass and stare at the sky.

Sgairneach Mhòr

Sgairneach Mhor is located around 13 kilometers (8.07 miles) from the town of Dalwhinnie in Scotland. It lies close to Pass of Drumochter summit and the group of hills including Sgairneach Mhor is called Drumochter mountains. Climbing Sgairneach Mhor directly is not very challenging since the approach point lies at Drumochter Pass' peak on the nearby A9 highway. Also, hill climbers can combine the ascent with other three mountains lying around Allt Coire Dhomhain glen. One of the highlights of the summit is climbers get some breathtaking views of the Ben Alder hills lying to Sgairneach Mhor's west.

Insh Marshes

Considered to be one of the most important wetlands of Europe, the Insh marshes are a Special Protection Area owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The area is home to a large number of plants, animals and birds which includes some aquatic species as well. There are various trails running through the area that range from 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) to 3 miles (4.5 kilometers). The marshes are a bird watcher's paradise with some native species like Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe being common sightings here.

Meall na h-Eilde

Meall na h-Eilde, which literally translates into Hill of the Hinds, is a popular hill for climbers located near Loch Lochy. At 838 meters (2749 feet) tall, it offers panoramic and uninterrupted views of the surrounding regions and lakes from the summit. Hikers often undertake the climb to this hill along with the hills of Great Glen and Glen Garry in a day. The hill is known for its historic significance as it was the hiding place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the Battle of Culloden in 1746. He stayed here for a number of days and was helped by Cameron of Clunes who provided him with whiskey, cheese and bread.

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