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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. Urquhart Castle

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    Castles

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    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.

  2. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Broadford

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

  3. Scottish Highland Art

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    Galleries

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    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.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Newtonmore

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

  5. Glencripesdale

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

    The remote Glencripesdale on the shores of Loch Sunart combines woodland, shoreline, heaths and moorland.

  6. The Glenlivet Estate

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    Country Estates

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Tomintoul

    Lying between the Ladder Hills and the Cromdale hills in the Cairngorms National Park, the two broad straths of the rivers Avon and Livet form the beautiful Glenlivet Estate.

  7. Knoydart

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Knoydart

    The Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest parts of Scotland.

  8. The Loft Activites

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Forres

    Friendly, fun, family run activity center with lots to do and food and refreshments on site.

  9. Out in the Hills

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    Guided Walks

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Guided walks and wilderness camping trips in the Cairngorms and elsewhere in the Scottish Highlands.

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    Trotternish

    Step back in time and experience how islanders really lived at the unique and informative Skye Museum of Island Life.

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