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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. Seaprobe Atlantis Glass Bottom Boat


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    Seaprobe Atlantis is Scotland's only semi-submersible glass bottom boat. Voted 'Best Wildlife Watching Experience in the Uk' Daily Telegraph 2010. We do our very best to show you as much wildlife as possible 'above & below the waves'..

  2. Scottish Highland Art





    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.

  3. Clan Cameron Museum




    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glen Spean and the Great Glen

    Clan Cameron Museum tells the history of Clan Cameron.

  4. Dunrobin Castle





    "A warm welcome to Dunrobin Castle, home of my ancestors for over seven hundred years. I'm so proud that people from all over the world pay us a visit and I enjoy being able to share the magnificent castle and gardens with others. Lord Strathnaver.

  5. Lime Tree Gallery




    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    Fort William & Lochaber

    The gallery is a purpose built space rare in the north west highlands and is the perfect place to visit.

  6. Falconer Museum




    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum


    The Falconer Museum holds the archives and fossils of Hugh Falconer, as well as narrating the local & social history of Moray. We also have a range of temporary exhibitions which change regularly, as well as family activities in the holidays.

  7. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    East Lochaber

    Creag Meagaidh at 1,128 m high is a Scottish Munro (a mountain over 3,000 ft or 914 m in height).

  8. Spynie Palace


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Moray Firth

    The residence of the bishops of Moray from the 14th century to 1686.

  9. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding


    Guided Walks


    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


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