Before you venture into the Scottish Highlands for the first time, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. But then you get there... and man, it's pretty. Staggering mountains, cold rivers, dark lakes with perfect reflection, heathered ranges and fields with fury Scottish highland cattle. It's wild, untamed and raw - a bit like the Scots themselves. It is possible to take in a fair bit from the comfort of a car or a bus, but as with most places you need to get out there to really experience the Scottish Highlands. There are plenty of walks, from short hikes to weeklong treks, while cycling, mountain biking, kayaking and skiing are other options. But no matter where you choose to go, you will be rewarded with some splendid scenery.