- Scotland is 31,510 sq. miles in area, 274 miles long from North to South and varies in breadth between 24 and 154 miles. The Highlands, in the north, is largely wild and rugged.
- Scotland's official language is English, though Gaelic is spoken, primarily in the North and West of Scotland. The Scots language, which is the language of the Lowlands, is also spoken. Scotland is divided into three main regions; the Highlands, the Midland Valley and the Southern Uplands.
- The cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee together with numerous towns, most of the population and the majority of Scotland's industry is located within the Midland Valley.
- Scotland includes 787 islands, of which most belong to groups known as the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Only 62 exceed three square miles in area.
- Scotland is also noted for its lochs (the name for lakes in Scotland). Much of the west coast of the country is intersected by sea lochs, including the two famous monster lochs - Loch Ness (Nessie) and Loch Morar (Morag).
- Scotland is a popular destination for people with a spirit of adventure who want to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Here you can still find deserted beaches, mountains, lochs and rivers.
- The "Road to the Isles" is our favourite area in all of Scotland. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, silver sands, lochs, sea views and hills, it begins in Fort William and ends in Mallaig, where you can take a ferry to Skye or the Small Isles.
- Lochaber is the "Outdoor Capital of the U.K."
- The name Arisaig means river mouth (aris) bay (vaig) and is derived from the Norse, not the Gaelic.
- Hiking - from a simple stroll on one of the stunning beaches like the one above to going out with the Local Ranger to tackling a Munro or Corbett or two.
- Mountain biking on the road or on adventurous off-road tracks.
- Kayaking amongst the islands, along the shore to remote bothies, up a loch - look out for dolphins, porpoise, seals and otters - or down a river. If you have some previous experience you can hire a sea kayak or go on a kayaking trip in Arisaig.
- Beach-combing - well, you might find some treasure, or at least lots of shell, crabs, crayfish and sea anenomes, mussels and if the tide is low enough maybe a scallop or two for dinner.
- Swimming - in the sea, in the pool.
- Canyoning - not for the faint hearted!
- Bird watching - choose your spot, keep your eyes open, get your scope out. All sorts of habitats.
- Take a boat trip to the islands, up a loch, down a loch, quite slow, very fast.
- Go skiing.
- Play golf.
- Spot lots of wildlife from majestic red deer to shy otter, seals to minke whale or humpback whale.
- Take a steam train journey in the footsteps of Harry Potter.
- Eating - fresh fish, mouth watering langoustines or even a Thai take-away.
Explore the site to find out where you can do all of these activities.