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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. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Loch Fleet is a reserve on a stunning coastal location where a river flows through a tidal basin.

  2. Working Sheepdogs


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs.

  3. Spynie Palace


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Moray Firth

    The residence of the bishops of Moray from the 14th century to 1686.

  4. Strathnaver Museum




    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction


    Strathnaver Museum is a local history museum near Thurso in Caithness.

  5. Cawdor Castle




    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle


    Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor.

  6. Ben Lui


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  7. Nevis Range Activities


    Multi-activity Centre


    Fort William

    Nevis Range in Fort William, home to the UK’s only mountain gondola; is the mountain experience for all seasons. Activities such as winter snowsports, climbing, mountain biking, High Wire Adventure, and Zoomtrax tubing slide.

  8. Gradings


    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

  9. RhueArt Gallery





    Two Galleries and a Sculpture garden set in the magnificent landscape of Wester Ross. Showing some of the finest and most exciting contemporary Artists from Scotland and beyond. Three miles North of Ullapool.

  10. Brodie Castle




    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    Discover the exquisite interior and treasures of the ancient seat of Clan Brodie.


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