Scotland’s Highlands and Islands have been named as one of the top regions in the world for travellers in 2019 by Lonely Planet. The region received the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019, the annual collection which reveals the top 10 regions, countries, cities and best value places to visit.
The Highlands and Islands (including Outer Hebrides, Moray Speyside and Aberdeenshire) earned their place as a must-see destination for 2019 thanks, in part, to the whisky boom, which has seen a swathe of new distilleries open in the region. They offer “a great introduction to one of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe”. The region’s “innovative and fast-developing” accommodation sector is also highlighted, from purpose-built campervan parking spots to designer cottages modelled on ancient buildings; which make visiting remote areas “easier than ever”.
Unmissable experiences in the region recommended by Lonely Planet’s experts include:
- Climbing the iconic peak of Suilven following the repair and upgrade of its footpath
- Savouring the region’s sought-after seafood at one of the Highlands and islands’ many fine restaurants such as the Kylesku Hotel or local favourites like Skye’s Oyster Shed or Lewis’s Scallop Shack
- Joining a nature-watching trip to discover the wealth of wildlife, from red deer, golden eagles and otters to whales, dolphins and basking sharks