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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. Applecross Walled Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Applecross

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

  2. Shian Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  3. John Muir Trust, Isle Of Skye

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Broadford

    The John Muir Trust’s care for three estates on Skye: Torrin, Strathaird and Sconser.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunvegan

    Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

  5. Forsinard Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country ~ wildlife trails and guided walks with birds, animals and flowers in these extensive peatlands.

  6. Gradings

    Dunvegan

    Set in a restored Highland croft, the museum shows off the greatness of Angus MacAskill, who was born in 1825 and grew to a mighty 7’9” tall. In 1981 he was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest “true giant”.

  7. Treasures Of The Earth

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    Exhibitions

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    Housed in an atmospheric simulation of caves, caverns and mining scenes Treasures of the Earth will leave you in awe at the wonders which lie beneath your feet.

  8. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aviemore

    Craigellachie is a National Nature Reserve near Aviemore.

  9. Abriachan Nurseries And Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Loch Ness

    A beautiful woodland garden and family plant nursery on the shore of Loch Ness. Perfect for a day trip visit, short family walk and/or to find some unusual and hardy plants for your garden. Gorgeous views down Loch Ness.

  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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