I am using "the Highlands" to describe our trip north on the train from Edinburgh to Inverness. I rented a car in Inverness and we went east on the malt whiskey trail and then south to Loch Ness and Glencoe.
I've always wanted to go here! We had a tremendous dinner at the Dores Inn and had a drive around the Loch looking for Nessie. Does that photo above show something popping out of the water??
Malt Whiskey Trail
We headed east and visited the distilleries of Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, and Glen Grant. The images above were from the Glen Grant - which was 1) the only distillery that let us take photos 2) Also has the absolute gorgeous garden 3) is the lightest scotch (best selling in Italy) and my favorite one that I sampled.
Drop dead gorgeous views, mountains, moors, streams, waterfalls... every curve of the road more beautiful, hard to concentrate on my staying on the left.
As we passed through the area - we stopped in Fort William for lunch on Loch Linnhe and also to go up in the gondola to see Ben Nevis, Britain's largest mountain. It was June and it was snow covered as you can see here.