Most of the tourist attractions are on and around the plateau, but there are a handful of sights on the road from Tapah. These are listed in order from the bottom of the mountain up. There are three main townships in the Highlands: Ringle, Tanah Rata (literally 'flat land') and Brinchang. The latter two are in the plateau area, either side of the golf course. There are a number of worthwhile forest walks/treks in the Camerons.
William Cameron, a government surveyor, first claimed to have stumbled across “a fine plateau, shut in by lofty mountains” while on a mapping expedition in 1885. The irony was that Cameron’s name was bestowed on a place he never set eyes on. What he probably came across was the smaller plateau area farthest from Tanah Rata, known as Blue Valley. The highland plateau itself was discovered years later by a Malay warrior named Kulop Riau, who accompanied Cameron on his mapping expeditions. Cameron’s report engendered much excitement.
In the colonial era this mountain resort was a haven for homesick overheated planters and administrators. Its temperate climate inspired an eccentric collection of them to settle and retire in their mansions where they could prune their roses, tend their strawberries, sip G&Ts on the lawn, stroll down to the golf course or nip over to Mr Foster’s Smokehouse for a Devonshire cream tea.