"the scottish highlands"

 

Buachaille Etive Mòr, Scottish Highlands
Creative Commons AttributionBuachaille Etive Mòr, Scottish Highlands - Credit: Kenny Barker

 

The Scottish Highlands include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. This geographical fault traverses Scotland from Arran on the west coast to Stonehaven in the east, and separates the two distinctly different regions, The Highlands and The Lowlands.

The Highlands are generally sparsely populated, with many dominant mountain ranges, which include Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. The area is popular with climbers and walkers.

The scenery is spectacular, comprising mountains and lochs (lakes).