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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. Knockan Crag

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ullapool

    Knockan Crag is a series of cliffs designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  2. Claish Moss Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

    Claish Moss is one of the best examples in Britain of a raised bog that has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Strathpeffer

    Discover what life was like for local children living in the Highlands through history at the Highland Museum of Childhood.

  4. Treasures Of The Earth

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    Exhibitions

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    Housed in an atmospheric simulation of caves, caverns and mining scenes Treasures of the Earth will leave you in awe at the wonders which lie beneath your feet.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. John Muir Trust, Isle Of Skye

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Broadford

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

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Thurso

    Caithness Horizons is an enthralling visitor attraction located in Thurso which acts as a hub for the surrounding Caithness area.

  9. Beinn Eighe

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  10. Skyeskyns

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    Arts & Crafts

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Waternish

    Skyeskyns is Scotland's only traditional exhibition tannery and offers free guided tours to see the story of leather. A world-class sheepskin experience.

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