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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. Elgin Museum

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    Museums

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    4 Museum

    Elgin

    Elgin Museum is Scotland’s oldest independent museum.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dunvegan

    Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

  3. Aros

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    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Portree

    Exhibition, Cinema, Music, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Visual Arts, Galleries, Workshops, Restaurant, Shop, Play...

  4. Shian Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  5. Seadrift Centre

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Nestled on Dunnet Bay, the Seadrift Centre is the perfect place to discover and learn about the local wildlife of the Highlands.

  6. Claish Moss Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

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

  7. Knockando Woolmill

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    Historic Sites

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberlour

    The historic Knockando Woolmill, situated in the heart of Speyside.

  8. Glen Roy

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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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.

  10. Red Roof Cafe Gallery

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    Galleries

    Gradings

    Skye

    Our gallery theme for 2015 is Skye Landscapes. Featuring work by Skye artists Diana Mackie and Peter McDermott, with photography of the peninsula by Andy Stables. All artwork is available to purchase.

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