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    Jul 31, 2015

    38 Reasons To Take The Scottish Highlands Off Your Bucket List

    Seriously, just stay away.

    1. The weather is terrible.

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    Camas nan Geall, Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

    2. The waters are lifeless and tame.

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    3. The architecture tends to be hit or miss.

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    Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh.

    4. And what little there is hasn't lasted through the ages.

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    Dunrobin Castle, Golspie.

    5. Wildlife? Not in the Highlands.

    6. No, there are certainly no interesting animals to see here.

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    Red grouse, Rannoch Moor.

    7. You want a 300-year-old bridge? Dream on.

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    Actually 298 years, but who's counting? The Old Packhorse Bridge, Aviemore.

    8. Don't expect to find anything of cultural significance.

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    Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis.

    9. Or any charismatic cityscapes.

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    Inverness Cathedral at night, Inverness.

    10. The villages are bland.

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    Portree, Skye.

    11. And the locals leave a lot to be desired.

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    Hielan' coos, Lochaber.

    12. There's nowhere for book lovers to go.

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    The largest book store in Scotland, Leakey's Book Shop, Inverness.

    13. And the local sports are questionable too.

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    14. There are no remote, unusual museums.

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    Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie.

    15. Or world class culture and arts centres.

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    An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis.

    16. And if you're after a remote cafe that's also a music venue and gallery, you won't find one here.

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    Red Roof Cafe, Holmisdale, Glendale.

    17. The local music venues are drab, and characterless.

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    Brew at the Bog Festival, Bogbain Farm.

    18. If you're partial to a dram, you should definitely steer clear.

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    19. There's nothing good to eat, either.

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    Seafood platter, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.

    20. Don't expect to find enchanting caves around here.

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    Smoo Cave, Durness.

    21. Or incredibly unique geological formations to explore.

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    Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa.

    22. You won't encounter anything of world box office fame.

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    Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter.

    23. Nope.

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    The Jacobite Steam Train running from Mallaig.

    24. Opportunities to explore charming dwellings? Nah.

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    Rua Reidh Lighthouse, now a guesthouse, Loch Ewe.

    25. There's not a single one.

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    Abandoned coastal crofts in Bettyhill, Caithness.

    26. Unique dress wear and traditions?

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    A traditional pipe band at Forres Highland Games, Moray.

    27. Quite unlikely.

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    Dancers at Killin Highland Games, Stirlingshire.

    28. Let's just say the outdoor facilities are lacklustre.

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    The Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye.

    29. It's certainly no place for thrilling outdoor pursuits.

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    Fresh snow on the Nevis Range.

    30. There are no incredible views or unique vantage points.

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    Ben Nevis, Lochaber

    31. No coastline or seascapes to admire.

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    The most northerly part of mainland Great Britain, Dunnet Head, Caithness.

    32. Were you expecting a romantic landscape? Keep looking.

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    Stornoway at sunset, Isle of Lewis.

    33. Ancient, iconic landscapes? Not quite.

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    The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye.

    34. Tropical style, untainted beaches? Dream on.

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    Luskentyre, Isle of Harris.

    35. There's just nothing good to see here.

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    Sligachan Bridge, Isle of Skye.

    36. It's a dull, dreich area.

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    Glen Etive, Glencoe.

    37. In fact, it's pretty tiresome to look at.

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    The Glenfinnan Monument, Inverness-shire.

    38. In short, you should never, ever visit.

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    Buachaille Etive Mhor (The Great Herdsman of Etive), from Beinn a'Chrulaiste.

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