The North Scottish Highlands are located close to Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is the largest region in Scotland and is called the pride of Great Britain. It occupies more than 15,000 square kilometers. It has stunning scenery, including the legendary Loch Ness, which is famous throughout the world.
History of the Highlands
The Highlands has a fascinating past, often violent and bloody. This was the Roman frontier and the legions tried to advance north but failed. The Vikings realized that settling here was a better option than pillaging the local population, which is why many highlanders today claim that they are descendants of the Vikings. At a later time, against their will, thousands of people sailed to Canada, America and other places.
The Highlands also have an impressive timber industry, providing sawmilling, pulp and paper production and the production of higher value goods. With no fewer than 47 distilleries located throughout the region, the Highlands are Scotland's largest geographical whiskey producing region. The crystal clear waters surrounding the Highlands unsurprisingly make the region one of the richest in fish in the world, with important markets in places such as Mallaig, Stornoway, Lerwick and Oban. In addition, Fraserburgh is known as the largest shellfish port in Europe.
High mountain food
Scots traditionally eat oatcakes, flat round biscuits made primarily from oats - they are one of the few grains that grow easily in the region. Interesting types of scones found in the Highlands include Scottish cheese scones and potato scones. They are in some way a substitute for bread for the Scots, as they can be eaten with jam and butter or with cheese. Another favorite food of the Scots is local cheeses. The smelliest cheese in the world is produced in Scotland; its smell is so strong that many visitors simply feel sick and dizzy.
Nature in the Highlands
This area has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, great walks and one of the oldest and most fascinating history on earth. A vast landscape with rolling coastlines, wild open spaces, rugged mountains and islands, rushing rivers and rich coniferous forests. The Cairngorms National Park is in the heart of this region, offering everything from stunning walking trails to ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding and more. Geological rocks found in the North Scottish Highlands include sandstone, limestone, granite and basalt.