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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. Treasures Of The Earth




    • 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.

  2. Christies of Fochabers


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre


    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. Torridon Activities


    Multi-activity Centre



    Torridon Activities is located at foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon with some of the best walking, mountaineering and kayaking anywhere in the U.

  4. Beinn Eighe


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  5. Alvie & Dalraddy Activities


    Multi-activity Centre


    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre


    Alvie Estate, located near Kincraig, covers 13,000 acres of fields, woodland and moors and has been owned by the Williamson family since 1927.

  6. St Fergus Art Gallery





    Enjoy a visit to St Fergus Art Gallery, situated in Wick and explore a diverse selection of fine arts and crafts.

  7. Lochaber Geopark


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Fort William & Lochaber

    Welcome to the Lochaber Geopark, home to some of the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring scenery in the world.

  8. Claish Moss Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  9. Fort George




    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Inverness City Centre

    Fort George is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain.

  10. The Flows


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The Flows is a peat bog and National Nature Reserve managed by the RSPB.


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