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Family Days Out in Highlands
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Landmark Forest Theme Park
Carrbridge
Landmark Forest Theme Park Where else in the UK can you ride a rollercoaster, rock climb, 'skydive', flume ride, meet red squirrels face to face, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, watch logs being sawn on a steam powered sawmill, wonder at the sheer strength of a Clydesdale horse, explore the world's only...
Skye Serpentarium Reptile World
Isle Of Skye
Skye Serpentarium Reptile World There are over 50 animals on display from White's Tree Frogs to Large Green Iguanas and frequent snake handling sessions are held. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids in the Highlands of Scotland
Seaprobe Atlantis
Kyle of Lochalsh
Seaprobe Atlantis Underwater adventures on our glass bottom boat include a trip to see the seals and sea birds on seal island, as well as underwater views of kelp forests, jellyfish, sea urchins, starfish, fish and crabs. Safe and fun for all ages.
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Aviemore
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Under the supervision of their trained guides, visitors can feed and stroke the reindeer. They are not camera shy, so you'll be able to take some memorable snaps.
Highland Wildlife Park
Kingussie
Highland Wildlife Park Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area by foot.
WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre
Inverness
WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre is a small viewing and information centre where you can watch and learn about dolphins and seals. Use our binoculars to watch them feeding from our viewing window, listen to them on the underwater microphone. There are also activities, games, and dolphin bones to explore.
Loch Garten Osprey Centre
Aviemore
Loch Garten Osprey Centre When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.
Ecoventures
Cromarty
Ecoventures The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers you a truly exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience.
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory
Machrihanish
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory The modern focus of bird watching in Kintyre, this purpose-built sea hide provides shelter for sea watchers can take place during the worst weather, yet best sea watching conditions. 200 species regularly sighted, including some rarities.
Blackisle Wildlife Park
Drumsmittal
Blackisle Wildlife Park Visit a wide range of animals, plus hatchery, adventure playground, train ride and accessible nature walks.
Orkney Marine-life Aquarium
Orkney Islands
Orkney Marine-life Aquarium See marine life from around the waters of Orkney and get up close with Lobsters and other strange looking ocean wildlife.
Fair Isle Bird Observatory
Shetland
Fair Isle Bird Observatory Observatory and Visitors Centre open May to September allowing visitors to get up close to some of Fair Isles wildlife and learn about the scientific and preservation work carried out in the area.
Argaty Red Kites
Doune
Argaty Red Kites Visit the only red kite feeding station in central Scotland and watch these wonderful birds flying.
The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre
Caithness
The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre The animal centre is enjoyed by children and adults alike. Visitors can have hands-on, supervised contact with some of the animals, including numerous colourful and eye-catching birds, unusual sheep breeds, donkeys, alpine goats, pigs, lambs and an incubator with baby chicks.
Robertsons Childrens Farm
Inverness
Robertsons Childrens Farm Our Childrens petting farm is a real hidden gem. The kids can have great day feeding the animals and playing in the play area whilst adults are able to relax at the picnic area with the kids in full view.
Tain Through Time
Tain
Tain Through Time Award winning museum, documenting Tain's near 1000 year history
Timespan
Sutherland
Timespan Award winning museum, currently closed, until september, for refurbishment.
Treasures Of The Earth
Fort William
Treasures Of The Earth An award winning collection of priceless gemstones & crystals in an atmospheric display of caves caverns & mines
Highland Folk Museum
Newtonmore
Highland Folk Museum Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how their Highland ancestors lived, built their homes, tilled the soil and how they dressed. With play areas, 1930's schoolhouse and activities during the summer months there is plenty here to occupy the whole family. Winners of the ASVA Visitor Attraction of...
Wick Heritage Museum
Wick
Wick Heritage Museum The Wick Museum is a large multi-award winning centre that invites you to discover this rich heritage and to be actively involved in preserving, developing and presenting the enthralling story of Wick, and generations of its people.
Fochabers Folk Museum
Fochabers
Fochabers Folk Museum A great historical museum with plenty to see and do and lots of hands-on experience to keep the kids amused.
Moray Motor Museum
Elgin
Moray Motor Museum A must-see museum for all car fans young and old!
Nessieland
Drumnadrochit
Nessieland is a great place to see Nessie and learn a bit about Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster.
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
Drumnadrochit
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition The exhibition bases itself on 'Edutainment' and much of the content is based on the national curriculum. There are free pre and post workpacks to download from the site. See and touch many real research exhibits and perhaps meet Adrian Shine, leader of the project.
Unst Boat Haven
Shetland
Unst Boat Haven 140 years of maritime history, with collections of original boats, old tools, fishing gear and historic documents.
Bod of Gremista and Textile Museum
Shetland
Bod of Gremista and Textile Museum The displays at this uniquely renovated bod incorporate a room for "hands-on" activities and the themed exhibition for the year. A nice afternoon's worth of significant local history.
Bressays Heritage Centre
Shetland
Bressays Heritage Centre Offers a wide range of fascinating displays and exhibitions throughout the summer. In winter the centre is used as the venue for a range of talks on the history of Shetland. Great for visiting families who want to learn about their holiday destination.
Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland
Shetland Museum and Archives offers 12 galleries of interactive and enthralling exhibits to see you through local history from the 1800s.
Scalloway Museum
Shetland
Scalloway Museum Learn the unique history of the Shetland Bus Operation, a refugee and freedom fighter rescue vehicle during WW2.
Skye Museum of Island Life
Isle of Skye
Skye Museum of Island Life A lovingly preserved township of thatched cottages, each one depicting, as closely as possible, the conditions prevailing on the island at the close of the nineteenth century.
Glendale Toy and Doll Museum
Isle of Skye
Glendale Toy and Doll Museum Set in the North West corner of the Isle of Skye this family friendly museum is unique in that not all the toys are hidden behind glass. Many of the games can be enjoyed, demonstrated and played with.
Highland Aviation Museum
Inverness
Highland Aviation Museum A must for any plane mad families, and open from April to November, they are a unique facility with access to many of the aircraft cockpits.
Highland Museum Of Childhood
Strathpeffer
Highland Museum Of Childhood Museum open April to November telling the story of childhood in the Highlands. Costume, childhood treasures and toys from the past 200 years are on show as well as hands-on activities, activity sheets, dressing-up and play with traditional toys.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Inverness
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and hands-on activities particularly on Saturdays when the Discovery Centre opens its doors.
Armadale Castle and Grounds
Isle of Skye
Armadale Castle and Grounds Gardens, Castle Ruins, Playground, Treasure Hunt on the Woodland Trails, Museum, Visitors Centre and more on this estate.
Westray Heritage Centre
Orkney Islands
Westray Heritage Centre Heritage Centre with an annual display plus permanent exhibition, interactive displays and model seabirds and sounds. Open May through the summer months.
Kirbuster Museum
Orkney Islands
Kirbuster Museum Un-restored example of a traditional firehouse complete with the smoke and smells of the peat fire inside plus putting on the green and the Trowie trail outside. Open March to October.
The Orkney Museum
Orkney Islands
The Orkney Museum Museum telling the story of Orkney from the Stone Age to the Picts and Vikings and up to the present day.
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum
Orkney Islands
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum Museum telling the story of the naval anchorage in World Wars 1 and 2 with audio visual displays and childrens activities.
The Pier Arts Centre
Orkney Islands
The Pier Arts Centre Permanent exhibitions and a year round programme of changing exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public at this Arts Centre on the pier in Stromess.
Corrigal Farm Museum
Orkney Islands
Corrigal Farm Museum Traditional But and Ben house portraying a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in Victorian times up to the late 19th Century with a working barn and grain kiln, horse-drawn machinery and livestock. Open March to October.
Quendale Water Mill
Shetland
Quendale Water Mill Over-Shot Water Mill and Dam providing a showcase for life on the Shetland Islands over the last one hundred years and more.
Fetlar Interpretive Museum
Shetland
Fetlar Interpretive Museum Museum and visitor centre on the island of Fetlar with interactive and educational displays on the history of Fetlar and its people.
George Waterston Memorial Museum
Shetland
George Waterston Memorial Museum Museum in the former Fair Isle School, packed with displays of the islands history from prehistoric times to the present.
Hoswick Visitor Centre
Shetland
Hoswick Visitor Centre Visitors Centre and museum open May to September with a cafe, gift shop, weaving exhibits, interpretative local history displays and a large collection of vintage radios.
Croft House Museum
Shetland
Croft House Museum Mid-nineteenth century Shetland croft preserved to illustrate Island life and open May to September.
The Old Haa
Shetland
The Old Haa Museum and Visitors Centre open April to September illustrating the history of the island of Yell, including the whaling years and shipwrecks plus a tea room, gallery, gift shop and garden.
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tain
Tarbat Discovery Centre See what the extensive archaeological excavations turned up at the only Pictish monastic settlement discovered in Scotland. Features for kids include drawing and rubbing boards.
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters
Inverness
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters This great family fun destination offers numerous water rides including the rapid river, three thrilling flumes, cyclone, toddler area, family spa pool and an outdoor swim facility too.
The Moray Leisure Centre
Elgin
The Moray Leisure Centre has excellent swimming facilities for both the serious and the fun swimmer. Also a Health & Wellness Suite, Ice Rink, a Relaxation Suite with sauna, steam room and spa. Creche facilities, soft play centre, and cafe. If you are looking for family days out in Scotland this would be a great idea.
Invergordon Leisure Centre
Invergordon
Invergordon Leisure Centre A great 20m pool complete with flume and water features + toddler pool
Peterhead Swimming Pool
Peterhead
Peterhead Swimming Pool Standard swimming and teaching pools with diving board equipped with 1 and 3m springboards and a 5m platform. Also has an indoor play area, cafe, and other sporting opportunities.
Gourock Outdoor Pool
Inverclyde
Gourock Outdoor Pool Enjoy open air swimming in the salt water pool, heated to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and then get a feel for the summer on our terraced area or the traditional patio all with spectacular views of the Clyde Estuary.
Clickimin Leisure Complex Pools
Shetland
Clickimin Leisure Complex Pools Rapid River Ride with Geysers, Airbeds and Water Cannon; Giant Bubble Pool; Outdoor Lagoon with Waterfall feature and 2 Flume Rides! Separate toddler pool with gentler versions of features.
Lochbroom Leisure Centre
Ullapool
Lochbroom Leisure Centre Leisure Centre and 25m Swimming Pool with lots of sports on offer, a climbing wall, rollerskating and bouncy castle and ball pool sessions.
Lewis Sports Centre
Isle of Lewis
Lewis Sports Centre Sports and Leisure Centre with a 25m pool with a movable floor plus a kiddies pool featuring Nessie the Friendly Monster submerged climbing frame and a climbing wall, sports facilities and soft play area to boot.
Isle of Harris Sports Centre
Isle of Harris
Isle of Harris Sports Centre 16.5m swimming pool, separate kiddies pool with fountains and waterfall, sauna / spa and gym.
Pickaquoy Centre
Orkney Islands
Pickaquoy Centre A six lane 25 metre swimming pool and separate leisure pool with fun water features and slide plus a cinema and soft play centre at this sports, arts, conference and social facility.
North Mainland Leisure Centre
Shetland
North Mainland Leisure Centre Leisure Centre with a 16m 3 lane pool with a child friendly lagoon.
Scalloway Pool
Shetland
Scalloway Pool 16.7m Main pool with water cannons and Toddler Pool with finger jets.
South Mainland Leisure Centre
Shetland
South Mainland Leisure Centre 16.7m Main pool, Large Bubble Pool and a Toddlers Pool with Finger Jets.
West Mainland Leisure Centre
Shetland
West Mainland Leisure Centre 16.7m Main pool with water cannons, Spa Pool and a Toddlers Pool with Finger Jets
Yell Leisure Centre
Shetland
Yell Leisure Centre 12.5-metre pool with childrens lagoon area, indoor and outdoor sports courts and viewing gallery with snooker and pool table.
The Fun House
Aviemore
The Fun House - a £1.6 million purpose built family entertainment complex by Aviemore, Cyril's Tree House Soft Play Area, Themed Adventure Golf, Short Lane 10 Pin Bowling, Family Amusements, Licensed American Themed Diner and Creche.
Rainbow Castle Indoor Play Centre
Elgin
Rainbow Castle Indoor Play Centre is a three storey play structure with slides, rope bridges, ball pits - a great idea for children's birthday parties. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids in the Highlands of Scotland
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre
Alness
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre Purpose built indoor soft play centre on 2 levels
RunAround
Dingwall
RunAround A cafe and play area for under 5s!
Nevis Centre
Fort William
Nevis Centre Indoor adventure play centre, plus tenpin bowling and loads of events.
The PlayBarn
Moray
The PlayBarn A premium children's soft indoor play centre, combining fantastic play facilities with a cafe on site, offering a wide range of healthy eating options.
Brewsters at Inshes Gate
Inverness
Brewsters at Inshes Gate Attached to a kid friendly restaurant, this isn't a full day out but will certainly keep them happy long enough to have food cooked. Indoor and outdoor play areas with classic features like slides and climbing frames.
Playzone
Inverness
Playzone A spacious play facility with seriously fun main frame for the older kids with loads of fun features like slides and clamber nets and a dedicated toddler section.
GoBananas Soft Play
Oban
GoBananas Soft Play 2 level play frame, dodgem cars, baby room / under 2s area, ball pit, lego and reading room and activities bench for freestyle painting and drawing at this Under 8s soft play venue.
Smoo Cave
Sutherland
Smoo Cave This spectacular limestone sea cave is the largest in Britain and includes thrilling access by foot and boat to secret chambers which include an underground waterfall!
Inchnadamph Caves
Inchnadamph
Inchnadamph Caves Also known as The Bone Caves, these represent a rich slice of archeological highland history. As fascinating as they are, we would recommend for a full day out that this trip be undertaken in conjunction with other nearby attractions.
Tomb of the Eagles
Orkney Islands
Tomb of the Eagles Venture underground into this Stone Age tomb with a Visitors Centre located a short walk away with lots of hands-on discoveries to be made.
Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre
Pitlochry
Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre Pitlochry Dam is home to the famous Salmon Ladder where the fish may be seen in the viewing chamber during their ascent past Pitlochry Dam. In the Visitor Centre, find out why and how the fish make their epic journey from their birthplace in Highland rivers, out to sea and back upstream to spawn. Children and...
Eilean Donan Castle
Kyle of Lochalsh
Eilean Donan Castle You can explore almost every part of the Castle from the banqueting Hall to the bedrooms. You`ll be following in the footsteps of many a warrior - from the Vikings to James Bond, from Jacobites to The Highlanders.
Lochleven Castle
Kinross
Lochleven Castle Significantly historic castle approached by boat ride.
Brodie Castle
Forres
Brodie Castle Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. Children’s quiz and adventure play fort (suitable for children aged 5 years and over)
Culloden Battlefield
Inverness
Culloden Battlefield This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles. One of many interesting family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Inverness with kids.
Cruachan Hollow Mountain
Dalmally
Cruachan Hollow Mountain The world's first high head reversible pumped storage hydro scheme is housed in a gigantic man-made cavern. The Visitor Centre houses the free exhibition area and is the starting point of the guided tour.
Skara Brae Prehistoric Village
Orkney Islands
Skara Brae Prehistoric Village Best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. An informative visitor centre provides touch-screen presentations, fact-finding quizzes for children and adults, and an opportunity to see artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the 1970s
Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle Once one of Scotlands largest castles, Urquhart remains include a tower house that commands splendid views. The visitor centre contains retail, interpretation area, audio-visual presentation and tearoom and toilets.
Brora Heritage Centre
Sutherland
Brora Heritage Centre Child oriented local history site with hands on learning panels and friendly staff to guide you round. Hand painted illustrated local maps and local archaeological artefacts.
Fort Charlotte
Shetland
Fort Charlotte Not a full day, but this 17th century fort can be a pleasant stop, with dramatic views great for inspiring storytelling and adventure play. Free access but keys need to be collected.
Muness Castle
Shetland
Muness Castle One for the explorers! A late 16th-century tower house with circular towers, this is the northernmost castle in the British Isles, and has a hefty walk to reach it, but Muness has remarkably fine architectural details.
Jarlshof
Shetland
Jarlshof Historic settlement that provides insight into life in the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum
Inverness
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum is a interactive and evolving maritime museum with nautical artifacts, large model ships and submarines made from improvised recycled materials. Kids can climb aboard all the ships and boats and also interact with various pieces such as an engine order telegraph.
Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre
Wick
Seadrift-Dunnet Visitor Centre Visitor Centre and base for the Highland Council Rangers with hands-on activities and exhibitions next to an expanse of beach.
Arnol Black House
Isle of Lewis
Arnol Black House Visitor centre with shop, exhibition area and interactive model plus see inside a traditional Black house and adjacent furnished White house.
Fossil and Heritage Centre
Orkney Islands
Fossil and Heritage Centre Fossils and other displays about rocks and the Earth including a glow room to discover rocks in a new light plus a cafe and gift shop at this Heritage Centre.
Nevis Range
Fort William
Nevis Range Let Britain's only mountain gondola transport you effortlessly to 650m where you can choose from high wires, mountain biking and seasonal skiing and snowboarding with a variety of green and blue runs suitable for youngsters, with junior lessons available.
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre
Kincraig
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre Water sports include sailing, rowing, fishing, paddle boats and pedalos; dry activities include archery, play parks, and a dry ski slope, plus nature hike and bike trails.
Monster Activities
Spean Bridge
Monster Activities Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Bikes, Water Sports, Target Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Abseiling, Archery and many more outdoor activities. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids in the Highlands of Scotland
The Ice Factor
Lochaber
The Ice Factor Rock and ice climbing teaching sessions, indoors and out year round. All sessions are run with qualified instructors and all equipment is provided. Instructed rock climbing sessions begin at age 7 and upwards. For the younger children there is a new 100m2 indoor childrens play area.
Outfit Moray
Lossiemouth
Outfit Moray Outdoor activity sessions for 9-15 year olds during the Easter, Summer and October school holidays at subsidised rates. Family days out and skills courses for adults also run throughout the year.
Treezone
Aviemore
Treezone Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. TreeZone is an unforgettable activity for adventurers at least 7 years old and 1.1m tall
Craggan Outdoors
Morayshire
Craggan Outdoors Offering one of the widest ranges of outdoor activities available in the Scottish Highlands including archery, art and creativity, clay pigeon shooting, climbing (indoor wall and outside rock crags), golf, gorge walking, high ropes, kayaking, mini-quads, mountain biking, paintball, pony trekking, raft...
Rothiemurchus Estate
Inverness
Rothiemurchus Estate Wide range of outdoor activities including TreeZone adventure playground or explore the footpaths and cycle trails in the heart of Cairngorms National Park.
Dingwall Leisure Centre
Dingwall
Dingwall Leisure Centre Dingwall Leisure Centre offers first-class swimming facilities and a wide choice of sessions, tailor made to suit most requirements. Whether it's fun with the family, lane swimming or relaxation you'll find exactly what you're looking for right here.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre
Aviemore
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. From Kennel & Museum Tours to Sleddog Trips and Safaris.
Atlantis Sport and Leisure Centre
Oban
Atlantis Sport and Leisure Centre Kids will have hours of fun in our Multi level Soft Play Zone with a separate area for under 3s while you enjoy a Star Bucks from our healthy eating cafe. Try our swimming pools with a flume, or for the sunny days why not be outside in our Water Walkers.
Wilderness Guides Canoeing
Fort William
Wilderness Guides Canoeing is a dedicated canoe company offering fantastic guided day and overnight trips on the beautiful lochs and rivers near Fort William. Canoeing is a safe and fun activity for all the family. Many of the lochs are sheltered, which makes for an easy introduction to canoeing for beginners and children. For 8+.
Wildwoodz Paintball Park
Inverness
Wildwoodz Paintball Park Outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery.
Orkan Adventures
Orkney Islands
Orkan Adventures Battlefield Live, Paint balling, Clay Pigeon Shooting located at a WW2 Gun Emplacement on Burray Island plus a driving range and boat trips from the marina.
Bowl 2000 and Lunar Land
Moray
Bowl 2000 and Lunar Land As well as classic tenpin bowling they offer Lunar Land space themed indoor play area, plus Pool Tables, Air Hockey, and high quality Arcade Games.
Rollerbowl
Inverness
Rollerbowl 24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and a good selection of arcade games
Superbowl at the Nevis Centre
Fort Williams
Superbowl at the Nevis Centre Whatever the weather and time of year, 10 pin bowling is always available and really good fun. They also offer a multi level adventure play area.
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Aviemore
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail is a fantastic, inexpensive and quirky way to explore the area. Follow the Directions, Solve the Clues and See the Sights!
inverness City Sightseeing Tour
Inverness
inverness City Sightseeing Tour This open top bus tour provides an extensive look at the city and the surrounding area. Pick from the Town Tour, the Inverness and Culloden Moor Tour, or the new Loch Ness Monster Tour. The tours depart regularly from the tourist office and range from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
North 58 Sea Adventures
Forres
North 58 Sea Adventures is a wildlife boat trip business offering truly amazing experiences on the Moray Firth. Little adventurers explore the coastline as well as discovering plenty of amazing and abundant wildlife. Dolphins, whales, porpoises, sharks, seals and birds are all on display in their natural environment.
Inverness Treasure Trail
Inverness
Inverness Treasure Trail A walking mystery themed Treasure Trail around Inverness. The trail is around 2.5 miles long and should take around 2 hours to complete.
Caithness Sea Coast
Wick
Caithness Sea Coast Travel along the Caithness coast in a family friendly rigid inflatable boat and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife. Suitable for ages 4 and above.
CairnGorm Mountain
Aviemore
CairnGorm Mountain Explore Britains 6th highest mountain with an exciting 1.8km ride on the UKs highest mountain railway. If we have snow, have a slide about. If not, take a guided walk to the summit or take the mountain bike descent. A great day either way!
The Jacobite Steam Train
Lochaber
The Jacobite Steam Train Has been used recently in the Harry Potter films, described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past Ben Nevis, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar.
Strathspey Railway
Aviemore
Strathspey Railway Join Scotland's premier heritage railway for a trip like no other through the heart of the Scottish Highlands! Treasure Trails, Fantastic Family Adventures, Exclusive Dining, Vintage Tours and Special Events await your visit to the Cairngorms!
Bella Jane Boat Trips
Elgol
Bella Jane Boat Trips No visit to the Isle of Skye is complete without a trip on the award winning Bella Jane, the only regular fulltime service from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and the longest running boat trip in Elgol and the Isle of Skye.
Misty Isle Boat Trips
Isle of Skye
Misty Isle Boat Trips Welcome to Misty Isle Boat Trips. We are a family-run business running boat trips from Elgol on the Isle of Skye to the famous Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Hills.
Statesman Cruises from Old Ferry Pier
Sutherland
Statesman Cruises from Old Ferry Pier An enchanting boat trip to an island filled with sea birds and other natural wildlife including dolphin and whale sightings.
Hebridean Whale Cruises
Gairloch
Hebridean Whale Cruises You can have the fun and adventure of Orca 1, our open RHIB, speeding you quickly and safely to offshore destinations; or the comfort and stability of the M.V. Kerry, our classic offshore cruiser.
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises
Inverness
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises Bus tour and cruises lasting anything from an hour to 6.5 hours which all have at least a half hour cruise on the quite stunning Loch Ness - you can choose to take in Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness visitor Centre as well
The Bremen Bod and coastal town
Shetland
The Bremen Bod and coastal town A delightful fishing village to spend an afternoon in with elements of bird watching, archeology, wild flowers and if you're lucky, spotting seals, porpoises and dolphins.
Mousa Boat Trips
Shetlands
Mousa Boat Trips The Jamieson Family have been operating the short ferry trip to the island of Mousa in Shetland for the last 40 years. Their experience and knowledge on the island and the waters that surround it guarantee that it will be a trip that you’ll remember for a long time to come!
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness
Inverness
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness a cruise by solar-powered boat on the Beauly Firth near Inverness. Duration about 30 to 40 minutes.
Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve
Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve This loch is famous for its beautiful wooded shores and islands. The reserve embraces five of the loch's islands, each supporting rich, mature oak woodland.
Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve
Braemore
Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve It's a dizzying and exhilarating experience to look down on the torrent of water plunging 46m (150ft) over the Falls of Measach from the gently swaying suspension bridge. Corrieshalloch Gorge is one of the natural wonders of the Highlands and not to be missed, especially after periods of rain.
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Sutherland
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve Walk around one of Britain's most important seabird colonies. Over 100,000 birds including puffins, skuas and guillemots amid spectacular cliff setting great for sensible exploring.
Cape Wrath
Sutherland
Cape Wrath A beautiful wild bus ride and some fantastic sights including Britain's highest cliffs, seabirds, seals and the spectacular Cape Wrath Lighthouse. It's a great adventure just getting there!
Logie Estate
Forres
Logie Estate Our Logie Steading Visitor Centre offers a warm welcome with Arts and Crafts, Shopping, Walled Gardens, River Walks, an Adventure Playground and home-made lunches and refreshments in our Café.
Whin Park
Inverness
Whin Park - a large play park for children of all ages. It has a boating pond, complete with ducks, a minature train ride, shop and toilets, along with lots of adventure play park features for children. There are also picnic benches
Ness Islands Walk
Inverness
Ness Islands Walk A great walk in a beautiful part of Inverness city - only about an hour long taking in the Ness Islands as you go
Abriachan Trails
Abriachan
Abriachan Trails An excellent woodland and moorland walk using trails laid out by the Abriachan Forest Community Trust. Good views and a great many interesting things to see for the kids
Plodda Falls
Plodda
Plodda Falls - the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area, over forty metres high; they form the climax to this pleasant walk through a magnficient forest of Douglas Fir. Great viewing platform at the top of the falls a highlight
Inverewe Garden and Estate
Wester Ross
Inverewe Garden and Estate World famous garden with plants sourced worldwide grown on the banks of Loch Ewe. The enormous Garden is itself surrounded by over 2,000 acres managed for conservation and include dog friendly walks, wildflower meadows, a wildlife hide and a Ranger service providing school holiday walks and talks aimed at...
Hermaness National Nature Reserve
Shetland
Hermaness National Nature Reserve Very wild territory but worth it for the excellent birdwatching and the great hikes. Also very good for kids into sketching or photography.
Fair Isle Bird Observatory
Shetland
Fair Isle Bird Observatory Britain's most remote inhabited island with utterly spectacular scenery to accompany your birdwatching rambles, accessible by boat or plane from the mainland. Accommodation available within the actual observatory, so why not spend the night too?
Balloch Castle Country Park
Loch Lomond
Balloch Castle Country Park Nice for exploring and has a great enclosed play area, there are ruins dotted about and a beautiful walled garden. Not a full day's worth but a nice spot for a picnic and some kite flying.
Eoropie Dunes Playpark
Isle of Lewis
Eoropie Dunes Playpark Offers a wide range of fun-filled and educational play facilities for children of all ages, as well as an enjoyable day out for the adults and guardians who may accompany them.
Faerie Glen
Isle of Skye
Faerie Glen A bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Faerie Glen is a beautiful and sweetly atmospheric spot guaranteed to tap into their imaginations.
Culloden Wood
Inverness
Culloden Wood offers an ideal site for a family ramble, with way marked trails offering either a 3km trip including several local landmarks or a much shorter one in and out of the trees for those with smaller legs.
Revack Estate Adventure Playground
Grantown on Spey
Revack Estate Adventure Playground Superb adventure playground plus nature walks, wildlife observation opportunities and visitor centre with refreshments. Within Cairgorm National Park.
Invermoriston Falls
Invermoriston
Invermoriston Falls Stunning scenery and varied terrain, from woodland to waterfalls and more besides. The falls themselves are a fairly short and simple walk from the car park, over the stone bridge. Tuesdays get dramatic with open dams raising the water levels.
Dornoch Beach
Dornoch
Dornoch Beach Beautiful expanse of golden sand extending around the point to the south and all the way to the village of Embo in the north. Dornoch itself is a fascinating and historic town with a range of facilities and its famous cathedral.
Brora Beach
Sutherland
Brora Beach Sandy beach whose special appeal besides the fossils is the regular appearance of dolphins, minke whales, and grey and common seals off the coastline.
Thurso Beach
Thurso
Thurso Beach Great for fossil hunting and exploring, but not really for young kids as the foreshore can be very slippery and the whole thing is quite rocky and easy to stumble on. Good surfing.
Strathy Bay
Sutherland
Strathy Bay Remote and rugged, this is a sandy beach for exploring, photgraphing, with it's iconic rocky stacks carved out by bad weather. Kayaking, surfing and sea tours can all be arranged locally.
Sango Bay
Durness
Sango Bay Sandy beach with unusual rocky outcrops, safe for swimming and surfing but no lifeguard cover. Fascinating cavern on one end with an underground waterfall observable by safe viewing platform.
Sandwood Bay
Kinlohcbervie
Sandwood Bay No swimming recommended, and a four mile walk to get there from the car park: this isn't for tourists so much as explorers, who will be rewarded with a stunning coastal wilderness perfect for photography.
Firemore Beach
Wester Ross
Firemore Beach Unspoilt rural sandy beach opposite Isle Ewe, much favoured locally. Close to the National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Gardens. The warmest swimming on the west coast.
Redpoint Beach
Gairloch
Redpoint Beach Isolated but unique beach with red sand and shingle. Mountain views, safe swimming, and rarely crowded, with lots of local wildlife and birds.
Applecross Beach
Applecross
Applecross Beach Reached through the highest mountain pass in Britain the journey is half the fun here! Huge dunes for sand sledging, calm (cold) waters for swimming and water sports, and a wildlife heavy wilderness just behind the beach.
Calgary Bay
Mull
Calgary Bay Safe for swimming and you can angle for rock cod, mackerel and sea trout from the rocks. Basking sharks, dolphins seals and porpoises are regularly sighted off the coast.
Machrihanish Bay
Campbeltown
Machrihanish Bay A soft sandy beach surrounded by rocky coastline good for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing. You can usually see seals and wild goats in their respective habitats, and there is a nearby wildlife observatory.
Nairn Beach
Nairn
Nairn Beach A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
Kiloran Beach
Uragaig
Kiloran Beach Sandy beach with idyllic views and safe swimming conditions set between several other beaches. Great for traditional beach days plus caves to explore at the north end.
Ganavan Beach
Oban
Ganavan Beach Green Coast Awarded sandy beach offering safe shallow swimming, good sand castling and also featuring rock pools for exploration.
Achmelvich Bay
Lochinver
Achmelvich Bay A simple but stunning white sandy beach popular with water skiers, windsurfers and kayakers as well as families. Nearby campsites and hiking trails.
Camusdarach Beach and Campsite
Lochaber
Camusdarach Beach and Campsite is consistently rated one of the most beauteous in the country if not the world, actually featuring 3 pale sandy beaches end to end and award winningly crystal clear blue waters.
Vue Cinema Inverness
Inverness
Vue Cinema Inverness A 17 screen multiplex cinema with 7 3D enabled screens.
Fired Art Ceramic Cafe
Fort William
Fired Art Ceramic Cafe a warm quirky cafe with an atmosphere to match, a pottery painting studio for kids and big kids, an art gallery, picture framers, outdoor activity booking office
Extreme Dream
Aviemore
Extreme Dream Come for a climb, coffee and a chat whilst the tots play in our soft-play area and -5's climb zone.
Avoch Dolphin Trips
Avoch
Avoch Dolphin Trips Daily sailings from picturesque Avoch Harbour. You may encounter osprey, red kites, seals, porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and many other wildlife species including otters, along with the odd historical landmark for good measure!
Busy Bees
Dingwall
Busy Bees Lots of fun activities for children to take part in daily, such as painting, easy baking, crafts, music and lots of games. Suitable for 0 to 6 years old.
Uist Community Riding School
Isle of Benbecula
Uist Community Riding School BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons for over 5s, beach and countryside hacks, and a refreshing number of activities for the younger visitors.
Atholl Estates Trekking Centre
Atholl
Atholl Estates Trekking Centre Scenic and intriguing guided treks and hacks leave the centre daily to explore the terrain around Blair Castle. No lessons available but beginners welcome.
Tomintoul Riding Centre
Tomintoul
Tomintoul Riding Centre TRSS approved facility offering guided, off road 1 hr, half day or day long treks. No experience required but no lessons available.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Highlands with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Highlands can enjoy the great day out as well.



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