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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. Tain Through Time

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    Museums

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Tain

    Tain Through Time visitor centre presents the rich history of Easter Ross, including medieval royal Pilgrimages to Tain.

  2. Christies of Fochabers

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre

    Fochabers

    Visit Christies of Fochabers for a family day out. Everything you need for the Garden, Gifts, Lifestyle, Clothing, Personal Treats and our Restaurant offers everything from Snacks to Main Meals. Our home bakes are reputed to be the best.

  3. Ariundle Oakwood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

    Ariundle Oakwood is an ancient mossy oakwood, typical of the woodlands which were once widespread along the Atlantic coast.

  4. Dunrobin Castle

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    Castles

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    Golspie

    Welcome to Dunrobin Castle.

  5. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Golspie

    Loch Fleet is a reserve on a stunning coastal location where a river flows through a tidal basin.

  6. Groam House Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Black Isle

    An award winning, 4-star Pictish interpretive centre in the Black Isle seaside village of Rosemarkie, family friendly, with a collection of National Significance and a quality gift shop.

  7. Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ullapool

    Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984.

  8. John Muir Trust, Isle Of Skye

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Broadford

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

  9. Gradings

    Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

    NORTHERN XPOSURE is a family business providing outdoor adventures in the North of Scotland, from canoe expeditions to a day in the mountains. We provide all the equipment, you just bring a sense of adventure.

  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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