Lochinver, Scotland, United Kingdom

The fishing village of Lochinver sits near the head of Loch Inver, a sea inlet along the remote northeastern coast of Scotland. As a backdrop stands one of the country’s most iconic peaks: Suilven, the “lonely mountain.” Described as both an old bobby’s helmet and the Scottish Highlands version of Sugar Loaf, this steep, 2,400-foot-high ridge bursts straight up through the earth and stretches for more than a mile across the wild and desolate landscape. Suilven lies within the Inverpolly Nature Reserve, home to a rich array of wildlife including red deer and golden eagles; summertime blankets the reserve’s heathland in orchids and other wildflowers. Lochinver boasts a number of unspoiled, white-sand beaches; Achmelvich Beach is a favorite of windsurfers and other watersport enthusiasts. Visit Clachtoll Broch, the curious home of an Iron Age farming family; and soak in the dramatic views of Old Man of Stoer, a 200-foot-high sea stack that juts out from the sea. Take a leisurely walk through the ancient Culag Woods, hike to the pretty Falls of Kirkaig, and snap a selfie at Hermit’s Castle — aka, Europe’s smallest castle.