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Highland is a region in Scotland.
Cities, towns and villages
- Fort William
- Grantown on Spey
- Badachro - very scenic village between Gairloch and Red Point
- Fort Augustus
- John o'Groats
- Kinlochbervie - still fairly important as a fishing port.
- Kyle of Lochalsh
Sad but true - owners of land in Highland, often absentees, have not on the whole shown much consideration for their tenants. Some of what may appear lovely, natural, unspoiled areas were actually forcibly cleared of their human inhabitants in the interests of deer hunting or sheep farming.
Inverness has an airport served by FlyBe (both their own flights and flight operated on behalf of Scottish based airline Loganair to Kirkwall, Sumburgh and a few Western Isles), Easyjet and some seasonal charter flights. It is sited between Nairn and Inverness and accessible from the Inverness-Aberdeen road. Limited charter services fly out from this airport.
Inverness can be reached from the south by the A9 from the south (Perth & M90 from Edinburgh, Glasgow) and from Aberdeen, 110 miles by the A96 road. The A82 reaches Inverness from the south-west, Loch Ness, Fort William and eventually to Skye. None of the roads to Inverness are entirely dual-carriageway. The A9 continues to Thurso on the extreme north coast of the Scottish mainland.
Wikivoyage has a guide to Rail travel in the United Kingdom.
There are direct services to Inverness from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London.
If you're travelling from London, the sleeper train is an excellent way to travel. It leaves from London Euston and arrives between 0800 - 0830. East Coast also operate a daily service to and from London King's Cross (known as The Highland Chieftain) which leaves at around 0900 (southbound) or 1200 (northbound). Journey time is around 8 hours.
- Buses from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, operated by Citylink  and Megabus
- Stagecoach Bluebird buses from Aberdeen
- National Express and Megabus run buses from England.
There are two scenic lines: to Thurso and Wick, and to Kyle of Lochalsh.
- For longer distances citylink coaches operate on the main roads from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, Ullapool and Wick.
The Caledonian Canal links the Beauly Firth through Loch Ness to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.