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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. Kushi Adventures

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Inverness based, small group adventures for all ages in Scotland; offering guided mountain walks, kayak and canoe trips, rock climbing and abseiling .Also canoe and kayak hire,

  2. Colbost Croft Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    Dunvegan

    Colbost Croft Museum is a traditional croft house depicting how islanders lived in the 19th century.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Invergordon

    Welcome to Stoneyfield Lochs Trout Fishery

  4. Canna

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  5. Gradings

    Ullapool

    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

  6. Lochalsh Woodland Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    The Lochalsh Woodland Garden is an attractively designed garden.

  7. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Welcome to Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

  8. Out in the Hills

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

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

  9. 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”.

  10. The Glenlivet Estate

    Type

    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.

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