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Scottish Highlands, Scotland

September 5, 2018
FILE - The undated file photo shows Scotland's 23-mile long Loch Ness, home of the elusive monster, Nessie. In foreground is Urquhart Castle. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lives in the depths. (AP Photo, File)

While several tourists flock to Scotland for its annual Hogmanay New Year’s Eve celebration, the Scottish Highlands were built for fall. Warm-toned landscapes stretch far and wide, Scottish wildlife sightings are common, and the harvest season brings fresh, hearty food to the tables. Glencoe lies in a natural valley between two mountains carved out by glaciers. Translation: It’s known for its stunning scenery. Fall hikes are popular here, particularly to spot red deer, fall foliage and the Kinlochleven waterfall — one of Scotland’s best. In the later fall months, it’s even possible to spot the Northern Lights. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, offers beautiful walks, wildlife sightings and plenty of events such as food festivals, bonfires, and fireworks. Meanwhile, trips to Loch Ness yield stunning lakeside views. Also, history buffs can grab glimpses of the historic Culloden Battlefield covered in soft purple heather.

Our hotel pick: Culloden House

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