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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. Gradings

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    4 Museum

    Fort William

    Visit the West Highland Museum, world famous for its Jacobite exhibits but also for housing an excellent local history collection from archaeology to the present day. FREE ENTRY.

  2. Gradings

    Broadford

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

  3. Loch a’ Mhuilinn

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

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

  4. Gordon Castle Walled Garden

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    Country Estates

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    Awaiting Grading

    Fochabers

  5. Ballindalloch Castle

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    Castles

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    4 Castle

    Ballindalloch

    Known as ‘The Pearl of the North’, Ballindalloch Castle is one of the most romantic and renowned castles in Scotland.

  6. Landmark Forest Adventure Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Carrbridge

    Set in 30 acres of native pinewood, Landmark offers a host of adventurous activities and fun things to see and do for all ages.

  7. 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.

  8. Guiding on Skye

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    Guided Walks

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    Portree

    Welcome

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    Rothes

    Enjoy a wonderful and memorable day out at Glen Grant, tour the distillery and Victorian Woodland Garden, enjoy a coffee with local homebakes in the Coffee Shop, and for those too young to tour the distillery, take part in the animal trail.

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