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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. Glen Roy

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

  2. Nevis Range Activities

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Nevis Range is an all year round attraction for skiing, walking, mountain biking or just simply visiting.

  3. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  4. The Glenlivet Estate

    Type

    Country Estates

    Gradings

    • 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.

  5. Gradings

    Aberlour

    Welcome to Aberlour Memorial Garden and Clock Tower

  6. Highland Wildlife Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincraig

    Experience Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.

  7. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Broadford

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

  8. Gradings

    • 2 Museum
    2 Museum

    Glencoe

    Housed in traditional 18th century thatched cottages, the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum provides a rich insight the history of Glencoe area and its people.

  9. HistoryLinks Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Dornoch

    HistoryLinks Museum is a local history museum in Dornoch.

  10. Loch a’ Mhuilinn

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    The most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain survives on this reserve.

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