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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. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  2. Gradings

    Inverness City Centre

    Whin park is the largest outdoor play area in Inverness. There is a boating pond, miniature railway, large free outdoor play/picnic area and an ice cream/coffee shop.

  3. Logie Steading Visitor Centre

    Type

    Country Estates

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Forres

    Welcome to Logie Steading Visitor Centre

  4. Scottish Highland Art

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Welcome to Scottish Highland Art- come and visit the Studio and Gallery on Highland Croft, in lovely setting. View a wide range of lovely Highland paintings or book a painting session with experienced artist and art tutor, Ros Rowell.

  5. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Welcome to Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

  6. Ben Mor Coigach

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Achiltibuie

    Ben Mor Coigach is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

  7. Urquhart Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Loch Ness

    Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history - Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.

  8. Landmark Forest Adventure Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Carrbridge

    Voted "THE PERFECT FAMILY DAY OUT" (Visit Scotland and Daily Mail Readers) Some comments made on Tripadvor:- "LANDMARK - HIGHLAND GEM" "BRILLIANT - 10 STARS!" "COULD NOT FAULT!" "GREAT FOR KIDS, INCLUDING ANY ADULTS 'INNER KID'"

  9. RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

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

  10. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Skye Serpentarium Reptile World is an award-winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre.

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