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The Scottish Highlands aesthetic (or Highlandcore, or Albacore if you're feeling cheeky) is an aesthetic that mainly focuses on the mountainous and hilly landscape of the Scottish Highlands, as well as its rural villages and coastal beaches. It can also focus on abandoned Neolithic settlements in the same regions, such as Skara Brae.


Much of the Scottish Highland landscape is remote and untouched due to it's harsh weather and harsher landscapes - from steep, craggy mountains, to inhospitable islands battered by ocean storms. After the highland clearances, much of the highlands was left uninhabited and covered in ruins of old crofts, both of which are key aspects of the landscape now. Due to its remote-ness, much of the highlands is hard to get to, having to be travelled to by single track roads, or by small, often locally run, ferries, adding to the isolated feeling. Whilst many of the Outer Hebrides and areas of the highlands have recently seen an influx of settlers and tourists from more wealthy backgrounds, there are still many areas of the highlands that remain "secret" and have a very small population.


"Highland" covers a huge variety of landscapes and places, from steep rocky peaks, to stormy beaches and clifftops, to quiet and lonely villages.

  • heather and bracken covered hills creating green, brown, and orange coloured landscapes
  • rainy, stormy, and windy weather
  • crashing waves, stony beaches, and island lighthouses
  • winding single track roads leading to dead ends
  • overgrown lanes and tracks
  • run-down docks and old ferries
  • rocky paths and corrie lochans
  • high up view points over beautiful valleys and bodies of water
  • misty coasts that feel like the edge of reality



  • Brave (2012)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Highlander (1986)

TV Shows[]

  • Roaming in the Wild


  • Western Isles by Peat and Diesel
  • Island by Peat and Diesel
  • The Pup by Hò-rò
  • Oran na Cloiche by Mànran
  • The Exploding Set by Tyde
  • Hazel Eyes by Sabrina Jordan
  • The Ramblin' Rover by Seth Staton Watkins and Cullen Vance


Due to the environment and landscape being hilly and often having lochs or bodies of water nearby, many activities are outdoor

  • Hillwalking/Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking/Paddle boarding
  • Exploring
  • Star gazing
  • Collecting/Foraging

However because of the temperamental weather, there are often “wet weather” activities as well

  • Distillery tours
  • Cosy movie nights
  • Crafting
  • Flower pressing



Places to Visit[]

  • Mallaig
    • Camusdarach Beach
  • Mull of Kintyre
    • Campbeltown
    • Macrihanish
    • Southend
    • Davaar Island
  • Lairg
    • Carbisdale Castle
  • Glen Coe
  • Isle of Skye
  • Fort William
  • Aultbea