With awe-inspiring landscapes and unparalleled scenery, it’s hardly surprising that 2.1 million tourists visited the Scottish Highlands in 2010 (PDF) alone.
Whether you’re looking for picturesque hiking trails, castles steeped in history or a water sports-based adrenaline fix, the Highlands really do have something for everyone. But if you’re trying to keep costs down, we’ve picked our top five attractions that you can visit for less than £10!
1Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
What trip to the Highlands would be complete without a hunt for the legendary Nessie? The exhibition combines a sense of history and mystery, with 6 themed rooms each telling their own story of Loch Ness from the beginning of time.
At just £7.95 for adults and £4.95 for children under 15, this is a must do for any monster-hunters in your family.
2Eilean Donan Castle
This iconic castle is one of the most majestic places in the highlands, and probably one of the most recognised Scottish landmarks. Nestled on its own island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, the castle itself dates back to the 13th Century when Alexander II built it to protect the land from Vikings.
It has since been reconstructed numerous times, and visitors can now explore the internal rooms and ancient battlements. At just £7.50 for Adults and £4 for children over 5 (under 5s are free), it’s certainly something to tick off the bucket list.
3Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Reindeers are for life, not just for Christmas – and the free-ranging Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is a must-see for adults and children alike at any time of year.
Not only will you be greeted by stunning views, but you’ll also have the chance to stoke and feed the herd of majestic animals. The paddock and exhibition is just £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children, but the hill walk itself is a little more expensive at £14 for adults and £8 for children. Under 5s go free for both of these fun reindeer experiences.
Do remember to wrap up warm and wear some sturdy footwear if you choose this option though – the walk takes around 20 minutes and you may come across some rough and muddy Highland paths!
As one of the most stunning places in Scotland, this scenic glen is the perfect base from which to explore the highlands. There’s something for everyone at Glencoe; as well as being one of the famous locations in the third Harry Potter film; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Glencoe was also recently voted one of the most romantic places in the country.
Or, if you’re a history lover, you can learn more about the infamous Glencoe massacre of 1692 at the Visitor Centre, which is just £6.50 for adults and £5 for children.
5Highland Folk Museum
Last but not least, why not spend a few hours delving into the past at the Highland Folk Museum? Open between March and October every year, visitors can explore the restored 17th Century buildings, while actors bring to life the lives of our Highland ancestors.
Not only is this a really interesting and perhaps nostalgic experience for all the family, but admission is completely free for both adults and children – what more could you ask for!?
*All admission prices correct as of February 2018