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- Ben Hope is the most northerly Munro, in an area known for it’s peat-covered moorland. The mountain is roughly a triangular wedge, with a great crag on the west, with two lower shoulders to the south and northeast. The ground is rocky and Alpine flowers are abundant in season.
- At the Loch Garten Osprey Centre, you can view these beautiful fish-eating birds of prey as the centre overlooks the osprey nest. The centre is typically open daily from April to the first Sunday in September. Facilities include car parking, the visitor centre, toilets and a shop. The area around Loch Garten has a number of all year-round nature trails.
- The Cairngorms National Park is a national park located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1983, it covers nearly 1,800 square miles of beautiful countryside across north-east Scotland and is the largest national park in the United Kingdom. It includes the Cairngorms range of mountains and the surrounding hills. Explore the stunning landscape and its communities. The park is home to a plethora of attractions, whatever your budget or what the weather is up to. Museums, castles, outdoor activities including winter sports on Aviemore – it’s all here. Or just take to the hills and wonder at the amazing views! see visitcairngorms.com
- Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland, including the famous John o’ Groats and marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924. The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south. The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the 6.5 km stretch of coast south to Skirza Head, and the Duncansby Stacks just off the coast. A minor public road leads from John o’ Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land’s End.
- Bealach na Ba is a pass through the mountains on the Scottish Highlands’ Applecross peninsula. It is a twisting, single-track mountain road, and is the third highest road in the United Kingdom. The road famously rises from sea level to 626 metres at Bealach na Ba or ‘cattle pass’, with steep gradients and hairpin turns much like in the Alps. You can walk from the pass up a further hill along a path to the TV tower and enjoy the spectacular views.
- Am Buachaille is a sea stack, or vertical rock formation composed of Torridonian Sandstone. The stack is 65 metres (213 ft) high and located 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west of Sandwood Bay. It lies at the tip of the Rubh’ a Bhuachaille headland around 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Kinlochbervie. The stack is very popular with climbers and was first climbed in 1968 by the mountaineers Tom Patey, Ian Clough and John Cleare. At least four climbing routes are identified on Am Buachaille, with even the easiest route graded as Hard Very Severe (HVS) and access to the stack involves a 30 metres (98 ft) swim at low tide.
- Cape Wrath is the most North-Westerly point on the British mainland. Durness is the closest village some 10 miles (16km) to the south-east The sea cliffs around the cape rise to 281 metres (922 ft) above sea level and include the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland to the east of the headland. The headland also has many spectacular sea stacks. A large part of the cape is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training area, including as live firing range. Areas of it are also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Landscape Area.