Scotland and the Scots are synonymous with the Highlands region, with kilts, bagpipes and tales of ferocious warriors steeped in history.
The Highlands are a place of natural stunning beauty, although the weather can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. There are many mountains in the area, and the highest of them all is Ben Nevis, a popular mountaineering destination. While Ben Nevis is not that high at 1,345 meters, it is known to be a very challenging climb and many travel far and wide to conquer its peak.
The Highlands is also home to Balmoral Castle, the United Kingdom’s Royal Family retreat which encompasses thousands of acres of wild game and fowl. It was originally earmarked by the great Queen Victoria as a summer retreat and the tradition has been handed down through the centuries.
The region has a very sparse population – one of the lowest percentages in Europe – but it more than makes up for it in terms of culture, tradition and lore. The Highlands and the Outer Hebrides islands are one of the few Gaelic speaking regions of Scotland left. In Napoleonic times, they produced some of the most fearless troops that were at the disposal of the British Empire, marching straight into withering lines of fire as long as the bagpipes kept playing and the colors kept flying.
With their bearskin helmets and tartan kilts and sporrans, these warriors were feared for their ferocity and tenacity in battle. Their warrior tradition was handed down from the clan system that prevailed in Scotland prior to the unification of Great Britain.
Although the British crown tried to abolish and outlaw the clan system in the 1700s, thousands of years of tradition proved to be too hard a nut to crack and the clans are still very much alive today.
The Highlands are an interesting and beautiful destination for any traveler, but particularly for those of Scottish heritage.