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Highland

Highland is in Scotland. It has a population of around 232,000 and covers approximately 2,570,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar, Moray, Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Shetland Islands.

The Scottish Highlands (called A Ghaidhealtachd in Scottish Gaelic which means the place of the Gaels) is often considered to be the area of the country to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault. The Highland landscape features rugged coastlines, rivers, lochs and mountains such as Ben Nevis, which is the highest in Britain. The human population declined following the 19th century Highland Clearances and the movement of people to towns and cities during the Industrial Revolution. During the years after the Jacobite Rising, Highland culture was suppressed, though from the late 18th century symbols of Highland culture such as the wearing of tartan became increasingly popular, encouraged by the work of writers such as Sir Walter Scott and the support of the British Royal Family, who made a home for themselves at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire. Among the many places to visit in the Scottish Highlands are the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, the Highland Folk Museum, Glencoe, Aviemore, Wick Heritage Museum, Loch Ness and the nearby ruins of Urquhart Castle. Other places you could visit include the Castle of Mey and its Gardens, the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, Gairloch Heritage Museum, Doune Castle, Dornoch Cathedral, Glen Strathfarrar and Camusdarach Beach.


Sorley MacLean

(Born 1911 in Raasay in Highland), Poetry

MacLean was an influential poet, accredited with a renascence in the Gaelic language after deciding to write his poetry in his native tongue.

Duncan Grant

(Born 1885 in Rothiemurchus in Highland), Painting

Duncan Grant, British artist, was a member of the Bloomsbury Group and as well as being a painter, he also made pottery and designed textiles and theatre sets.