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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. Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Craigellachie is a National Nature Reserve near Aviemore.

  2. Hunter Mountaineering

    Type

    Guided Walks

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Mountain Guiding, Instruction and Coaching in all aspects of British Walking, Mountaineering and Climbing. Summer and Winter Private Guiding and Courses. From Walking up Ben Nevis to Climbing in Glencoe. Based in Fort William.

  3. Nevis Range Snowsports

    Type

    Ski Resorts

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    Fort William

    With skiing up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet) Nevis Range reaches high on to the mountain of Aonach Mor - Scotland's eighth highest - and offers skiing and boarding late into spring.

  4. Strathnaver Museum

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    Museums

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Bettyhill

    Strathnaver Museum is a local history museum near Thurso in Caithness.

  5. Grantown Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Grantown on Spey

    Grantown Museum tells the story of the founding of this planned town, bringing the story up to date using modern and traditional display methods

  6. Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Spean Bridge

    Achnacarry Sporting Estate offers a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife excursions, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, shooting, fishing and much more.

  7. Beinn Eighe

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Newtonmore

    The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples.

  9. Ben Lui

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  10. Gradings

    Inverness

    Free admission. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more..

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