Scotland comprises the northern third of the island of Great Britain, which lies off the northwest coast of Continental Europe. Scotland's only land border is with England. The Atlantic Ocean borders the west coast and the North Sea is to the east. Scotland offers panoramas of mountains, islands, sea water lochs, fresh water lochs and rivers of Scotland. All can be enjoyed while hill walking, scrambling, climbing, mountain biking, winter mountaineering, snow and ice climbing, snowboarding, windsurfing, white water kayaking and sea kayaking.
Many Scottish mountain sites concentrate on particular groups of mountains because each mountain achieves a certain status by virtue of measurement of its height or drop to the next peak. Travel to Scotland amazes by the sheer perfection of beauty in the soaring, snow-capped mountains and the sparkling lochs extending as far as the eye can see. The Scottish Highlands are situated to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault and are very mountainous. For over a hundred years the Scottish Highlands has been the Gaelic speaking area of Scotland, although Highland English is also spoken here. In the Scottish Highlands are many small villages and towns, and also a big city in Inverness, generally regarded to be the capital of the Highlands. Because of the vast differences in this section of the landscape, there are big differences in climate throughout the region. There are also a lot of interesting castles and museums, beautiful gardens and parks worth visiting as well as a whisky trail. The famous Loch Ness Lake is situated in the highlands.
There are four long distance routes (LDR) in Scotland; The West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way, the Speyside Way and the Southern Upland Way. The six miles (10 km) of the Pennine Way (see trekking chapter England) terminating at Kirk Yetholm are in Scottish borders, but these km's are designated a National Trail. There are many travel agencies who will make all arrangements for you to enjoy this classic trek on a self-guided walking holiday. Taking on the challenge of one of these trekking routes allows you to experience the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands at your own pace. You move to a new destination every day. There are also self-guided walking holidays, based at one or two small hotels, from where you can enjoy some of the best walking. You will do circular hike exploring. A lot is possible concerning wilderness hiking, walking and trekking.
Concerning accommodation; if you don't want to bring your tent, you can stay the night in the numerous B&B's in the area. Many Bed & Brekafast are available in Fort William, but keep in mind during peak season weekends they can be booked out completely. In Oban you will also find B&B's, but in Morvern and Mull only the bigger villages served by ferries or busses will offer accomodation. Generally spoken, Scotland is enjoyed best in a tent. A tent has the unique advantage, that you can stay in the areas where you want to go hiking or hill walking. Many magnificient tours won't be accessible if you have to return to your B&B every end of the day. It is better to mix both.