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  • Children drawing at Urquhart Castle
    Children at Urquhart Castle
  • Old woman in historic dress cooks at an open hearth in the centre of a reconstruction of an old croft house
    The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
  • A Scottish wildcat stares out from amongst tree branches
    A Scottish wildcat at the Highland Wildlife Park
  • A family on a wooden treetop walkway at Landmark Forest Adventure Park
    Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge

The Highlands is a region bursting with stunning landscapes and fantastic attractions which provide the perfect opportunity for a great family day out. Whether you’re looking for wildlife, history or the chance to enjoy the great outdoors, you’re really spoilt for choice.

Although the animals may not all be native to Scotland, the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie is a great attraction where you’ll find an eclectic range of species, from red pandas, polar bears and tigers, to red deer and Scottish wildcats.

While in the area, stop off at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore for an insight into what life was like for people who used to work the land. It’s a free attraction and well worth a visit.

No visit to the Highlands would be complete without visting the Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge. This hugely popular 30-acre site features everything from a fun treetop trail to the region's only rollercoaster.

You can try your hand at spotting the Highland’s resident monster Nessie at Loch Ness or head east of Inverness to the fascinating interactive visitor centre at Culloden Moor which charts the last battle fought on British soil.

If you’re looking to spot wildlife, the Highlands provides lots of great opportunities. During the summer months, the Island of Handa Nature Reserve comes alive with nearly 100,000 seabirds gathering to breed. It’s an impressive site as they settle on the dramatic sea cliffs.

Over on the west coast, why not enjoy one the world’s great railway journeys aboard the Jacobite Steam Train which crosses the grand viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films? From the viaduct, admire the stunning views to the Glenfinnan Monument and across Loch Shiel.

The Highlands is also home to several iconic castles, from Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, Brodie Castle in Forres, Urquhart Castle at Drumnadrochit and the fairytale Dunrobin Castle near Golspie. Each has its own fascinating story to tell and provides hours of fun and intrigue for visitors of all ages. 

Wherever you are in the Highlands, you’re never far from inspirational attractions which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Browse the listings for more ideas for great family days out in the Highlands.

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  1. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced Mountain Guide and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  2. Invereshie & Inshriach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Feshiebridge

    Invereshie & Inshriach Invereshie is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

  3. Venture Mòr

    Type

    Munro Walks

    Gradings

    Applecross

    Welcome to Venture Mòr

  4. Acharacle Community Company

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    We're delighted to be able to announce that our beautiful Forest Pavilion at Salen, Sgoil na Coille, is now available for weddings.

  5. Brodie Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Forres

    Discover the exquisite interior and treasures of the ancient seat of Clan Brodie.

  6. Gradings

    Portree

    Nestled on the stunning Trotternish Peninsula, the Trotternish Artist Studio and Gallery features a wide selection of landscape originals and mounted photographic work.

  7. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm

    Type

    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    • 3 Tourist Shop
    3 Tourist Shop

    Moray Firth

    The Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm shop opens from early June each year for the sale of asparagus, rhubarb and early season strawberries produced inside polytunnels.

  8. Applecross Walled Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Applecross

    Applecross Walled Garden is a lovingly restored garden in the Scottish Highlands.

  9. Loch a’ Mhuilinn

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    The most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain survives on this reserve.

  10. Boots N Paddles

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Boots N Paddles is a mobile outdoor adventure activity company offering fun days out and amazing outdoor experiences across Scotland.

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