The Highlands of Scotland is a spectacularly beautiful, awe-inspiring landscape. It is widely perceived as a region of rugged mountains, dark lochs and valleys, windswept moors, rushing rivers and remote forests, circled by eagles and inhabited by isolated human settlements and wildlife of all kinds. It is Europe’s last wilderness. Much of this vision is certainly true, which is why the region attracts so many visitors and tourists, keen to visit nature at its most untamed. However, what is rarely appreciated is its diversity – in physical, cultural and economic terms – which quickly becomes evident to visitors in this north-western corner of Britain. From sheltered fishing villages to baronial mansions, fertile farmland to massive offshore fabrication yards, miles of sandy beaches and small holiday resorts to forbidding peat bogs, bustling market towns to dolphins cavorting in coastal waters… and so much more. In this new guide to the region, two native Highlanders – one a broadcaster and journalist, the other a writer and publisher – present their selection of twenty-five areas, in order more fully to understand the rich variety which the Highlands has to offer the traveller. These are the places which everyone should visit to appreciate and enjoy this stunning land. In ‘Where Seagulls Dare’, Iain and Rab describe in an entertaining, anecdotal and informative manner, the fascinating history and the current reality, complexity and often unequalled beauty of the Highland and Island region. It is a book which should be read by all visitors to the Highlands.