Generally considered to be one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in Europe, the Scottish Highlands is a rugged and mountainous area which is, in the main, sparsely populated. Here is the land of heather, Scottish lochs and Highland cattle. The region includes only one city, the city of Inverness, but covers part of the council areas of Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Moray, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling. Alongside Inverness, the town of Fort William is probably the most well-known town in the Highlands, due to its close proximity to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Aviemore and the Cairngorms, in the Cairngorms National Park, are best known as winter ski resorts. Aviemore is a lively center with shops, restaurants and even its own ice rink. Nearby Grantown on Spey and Newtonmore offer the Grantown and Clan Macpherson Museums, and at Dalwhinnie you will find the Dalwhinnie Distillery Visitor Center, home of the famous Dalwhinnie single malt whisky. Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain, and the Trossachs National Park lie in the southern Highlands. The loch has around 60 islands, several of which appear to be artificial islands built in prehistoric times.
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