What comes to mind when you think of Highland Culture?

For visitors to the Highlands they remain fascinated with our history and the stories of battles and castles and learning about tales of bygone eras in our museums. They love to learn about and sample the ‘water of life’ in the many whisky distilleries and discovering Highland music and our kilts of tartan are still very much on the radar of Highland visitors.

Cultural Tourism explained by Bruce Macgregor. 


Since the 12th century, our

castles have served as defensive

structures, protecting families,

communities and holding

power. Today, most of the

castles in the Highlands,

whether maintained, occupied

or ruined, are places of

fascination for visitors to the

Highlands who are enraptured

with the history and stories

steeped within the castle walls.


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Ode To The Kilt

A finer dress you will never see
Wear it well just above the knee
A myriad of colours-Awfy fine
Pleats to the back-Swing in time
The colours of your
clan-Ancient and Dress
Wearing the kilt will bring
you success
Whether Burns Night
or Hogmanay
You can wear your kilt everyday
From foreign lands to
a distant shore
To the cry of Freedom and
Lochaber No More

Willie Cameron
February 2021


Shinty is played in some of the

most spectacular settings in

the Highlands and provides one

of the most exciting spectacles

to be found. It is one of the

most dramatic and entertaining

sports in the world,

characterised by its fantastic

team sport and community

related rivalries.


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Did you know that the number of Gaelic learners outstrips the entire population of Highlands and Islands?


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Here is a selection of some of the best museums in the Highlands. If you know of more we should add, please email

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Music is at the heart of our culture. From gaelic song to the pipes and fiddle, our highland musical heritage is alive and thriving in the 21st century.


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The Water of Life runs rich through the Highlands – the largest of Scotland’s whisky producing regions


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The clan system was the basis of highland life and people wore the tartan of their clan.


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Food and Drink

A cornucopia of epicurean delights – the Highlands are home to an abundance of world-class food and drink produce.


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