The Highlands refers to that part of Scotland north-west of the Highland Boundary Faul with capital in Inverness. The Scottish Gaelic name of A' Ghàidhealtachd literally means "the place of the Gaels" and traditionally, from a Gaelic-speaking point of view, includes the Western Isles and the Highlands. A wider definition of the Highlands is that used by the Scotch Whisky industry.
The Highlands contains the most mountainous terrain in Great Britain, including the highest peak, Ben Nevis. The region is largely composed of ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian periods which were uplifted during the later Caledonian Orogeny. The entire region was covered by ice sheets during the Pleistocene ice ages. The complex geomorphology includes incised valleys and lochs carved by the action of mountain streams and ice, and a topography of mountain ranges, irregularly distributed mountains whose summits have similar heights above sea-level. The weather changes very rapidly. One moment you see the hills and mountains, the next they are gone.
The Highlands have a mystical touch and are often portrayed as a romantic part of Scotland. The castles are often chosen as wedding venue due to their romantic nature. This is not at all strange given the stunning nature with rugged mountains, deep blue lochs and empty glens. The area is one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.