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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. Landmark Forest Adventure Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Carrbridge

    Voted "THE PERFECT FAMILY DAY OUT" (Visit Scotland and Daily Mail Readers) Some comments made on Tripadvor:- "LANDMARK - HIGHLAND GEM" "BRILLIANT - 10 STARS!" "COULD NOT FAULT!" "GREAT FOR KIDS, INCLUDING ANY ADULTS 'INNER KID'"

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    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Glenfinnan

    Welcome to Glenfinnan Station Museum

  3. Insh Marshes Bird Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kingussie

    The Inch Marches is a large wetland area designated as a RSPB Bird Reserve.

  4. Colbost Croft Museum

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    Museums

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    Dunvegan

    Colbost Croft Museum is a traditional croft house depicting how islanders lived in the 19th century.

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Cromarty

    Here in this thatched cottage built c1698 by his great-grandfather was born Hugh Miller, on 10 October, 1802.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Helmsdale

    Timespan Heritage and Arts Centre is a museum of social and natural history, contemporary art gallery, archive, gift shop, herb garden and cafe.

  7. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery have two large holiday barges that cruise the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen including Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery.

  8. Nevis Range Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

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

  9. Loch Garten Osprey Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds.

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