Homage to the Scottish Highlands: walking in the Cairngorms

This week Scotland was voted the world’s most beautiful country by Rough Guides. It was no surprise to Christopher Nicholson, who’s been enchanted by the Cairngorms since childhood. Plus 10 places to eat and stay in the region

You don’t need to visit a place to fall in love with it. As a small boy, growing up on the edge of London, I was captivated by the romance of the Highlands. The wild beauty of the glens and mountains offered a thrilling alternative to the tidy world of suburbia. That the Nicholsons had Scottish ancestors, and that I was half-Scottish by blood, persuaded me into the belief that I had a deep connection to the mountains. I toyed with the possibility that some colossal mistake had occurred: I should have been living in Scotland.

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