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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 Museum
    4 Museum

    Tain

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

  2. Lochalsh Woodland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kyle of Lochalsh

    The Lochalsh Woodland Garden is an attractively designed garden.

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    Broadford

    Specialising in mixed media and watercolour, Duncan Currie paints at the Broadford Gallery and Sandbank Studio, Isle of Skye.

  4. The Nadurra Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Acharacle

    The Nàdurra Centre provides an introduction to the natural environment of Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland.

  5. Gradings

    Fort William

    We offer Ben Nevis ascents in summer and winter. Winter skills courses. Introductory climbing/ abseiling for all the family. Guided mountain walks, low level explorative walks with local, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Open all year.

  6. Coiltie Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Drumnadrochit

    Coiltie Garden is a stunning Victorian walled garden.

  7. Handa Island

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Scourie

    Managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve, Handa Island is a beautiful place and a fantastic day trip.

  8. Nevis Range Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Nevis Range in Fort William is the mountain experience for all seasons offering a wide range of activities such as winter snowsports, climbing, mountain biking, Hire Wire Adventure, Zoomtrax tubing slide, paragliding and walking.

  9. Scottish Highland Art

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    Galleries

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    Inverness

    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.

  10. Gradings

    Trotternish

    Step back in time and experience how islanders really lived at the unique and informative Skye Museum of Island Life.

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