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Things To Do & Days Out in Highlands
Landmark Forest Theme Park Where else in the UK can you ride a rollercoaster, rock climb, 'skydive', ride a wildwatercoaster, walk the Red Squirrel Nature Trail, walk on a treetop trail, try three different high challenge courses, explore the world's only 'Bamboozeleum', New for 2016 'The Butterfly...
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 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 Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting!
Loch Garten Osprey Centre Osprey Centre set in beautiful Nature Reserve offering the chance to see these magnificent birds April through August. Binoculars and telescopes available (low set ones for the kids), plus live footage from CCTV!
Ecoventures The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. Located at the heart of the • The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. EcoVentures offers you a truly exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience, plus a chance to see dolphins and other...
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 Visit a wide range of animals and gets hands on in the hatchery, plus adventure playground, complimentary train ride and uber accessible nature walks make this a treat for all the family. Off you go!
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 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 Visit the only red kite feeding station in central Scotland and watch these wonderful birds flying. There is a hide to watch from, with ranger led visits at feeding time. Dogs on leads welcome.
Calums Plockton Seal Trips will guide you around the harbour in comfort and give your family the chance to spot seals, dolphins and porpoises in a pleasant 1 hour sea safari on the Sula Mhor.
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 is an outdoor farmyard where everyone can come and meet the animals while feeding and petting them. There's also a large play area.
Tain Through Time Award winning museum, documenting Tain's near 1000 year history throughout 3 historic buildings. Well worth exploring with kids of school age.
Timespan Award winning museum and family friendly art gallery, plus speciality herb and geology gardens with a kids' quiz about special rocks. A regularly varying range of exhibitions means repeat visits are just as good!
Treasures Of The Earth An award winning collection of priceless gemstones and crystals in an atmospheric recreation of caves caverns and mines. Plus see stunning effects of light and refraction in The UV Cave!
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...
Wick Heritage Museum Discover the enthralling story and rich heritage of Wick at this deceptively large museum with lots to see, from the inner workings of a lighthouse to fully furnished rooms typical of the early 1900s. Only 50p for kids to visit!
Fochabers Folk Museum A great historical museum with plenty to see and do and lots of hands-on experience to keep the kids amused. Discover the heritage of this charming village next to the river Spey.
Moray Motor Museum A must see museum for all car fans young and old! Great collection of vintage, classic, and veteran cars, plus auto memorabilia. Special cars with plenty of history, many of which have been lovingly restored.
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 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 140 years of maritime history, with collections of original boats, old tools, fishing gear and historic documents.
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 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 offers 12 galleries of interactive and enthralling exhibits to see you through local history from the 1800s.
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 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.
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum Delightful country park location with children's play area and nature walks. Start by exploring the Aden Estate Story and the "Weel Vrocht Grun" exhibitions. Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s.
Arbuthnot Museum Discover Peterhead’s maritime history at one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest museums. See models showing the development of local fishing boats, learn about Arctic Animals, Whaling, and see significant Inuit artefacts. There’s also a polar bear! Definitely an educational trip, but fascinating.
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 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 Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and hands-on activities. Art Gallery with rolling programme of exhibitions.
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 Heritage Centre with an annual display plus permanent exhibition, interactive displays and model seabirds and sounds. Open May through the summer months.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Museum in the former Fair Isle School, packed with displays of the islands history from prehistoric times to the present.
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 Mid-nineteenth century Shetland croft preserved to illustrate Island life and open May to September.
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 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.
The Highlanders Museum The largest Scottish regimental museum outside of Edinburgh. With around 20,000 artefacts including loads of medals, photos and uniforms that cover three floors! Located in the historic Fort George with a wicked view across to the Black Isle.
West Highland Museum One of the oldest museums in the highlands, full of exhibitions and information about the history of the area. There is also a collection relating to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. Free to visit.
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 Learner and main pool plus leisure water zone with crocodile flume and Sunday inflatable madness! Elsewhere on site there's also an ice rink, what'll you do first, hot or cold?!
Invergordon Leisure Centre A fun family's 20m leisure pool complete with flume slide and water features for kids! Plus toddler pool or creche for baby, spa pool and steam room for mum, and games hall for dad. Or swap those around!
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 Enjoy a family swim in a lovely open air, heated, salt water pool. Open during the summer. Family Fun Sessions, kayak lessons, and midnight swimms available. Free entry for Inverclyde school children, and residents over 60 years of age.
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 Leisure Centre and 25m Swimming Pool with lots of sports on offer, a climbing wall, rollerskating and bouncy castle and ball pool sessions.
Peterhead Leisure Centre Leisure and Community Centre with 25m swimming pool, teaching pool and diving pool, soft play area, climbing wall and more. Badminton, basketball, karate, archery, and even canoeing are on offer! They do birthday parties too.
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 16.5m swimming pool, separate kiddies pool with fountains and waterfall, sauna / spa and gym.
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 Leisure Centre with a 16m 3 lane pool with a child friendly lagoon.
Scalloway Pool 16.7m Main pool with water cannons and Toddler Pool with finger jets.
South Mainland Leisure Centre 16.7m Main pool, Large Bubble Pool and a Toddlers Pool with Finger Jets.
West Mainland Leisure Centre 16.7m Main pool with water cannons, Spa Pool and a Toddlers Pool with Finger Jets
Yell Leisure Centre A nice family swimming pool for learning and exercise. Plus facilities for Gym, Squash, Badminton, Table Tennis, indoor and outdoor Football, Trampolining, Basketball, Kung Fu and Carpet Bowls!
Rainbow Castle Indoor Play Centre is a well equipped multi level play and party facility with open play limited to weekends and unusually short session times. Ideal for smaller kids or those with less energy.
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre A multi level adventure wonderland set inside a community leisure centre, with features including a vertical climbing maze packed full of fun equipment, a dedicated toddler and baby zone plus The Hot Spot interactive sensory room too!
Nevis Centre Indoor adventure play centre, plus tenpin bowling and loads of events.
The PlayBarn A large children's soft indoor play centre with multi level play frame, combining fantastic play facilities, plenty of seating, plus a café and steakhouse on site. They do birthday party packages too!
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.
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.
Frankie and Lolas is an exciting new indoor play centre featuring a large safari themed play frame with a separate candy town themed play frame for preschoolers. We also have an onsite Bistro and serve excellent coffee and cake!
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 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 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 Home to the famous Salmon Ladder where the fish may be seen in the viewing chamber during their ascent past Pitlochry Dam and the Salmon's story told in the Visitor Centre through computer and video technology.
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 Historically significant castle approached by boat ride! It's a nicely atmospheric one which is aided by the terrible story of Mary Queen of Scots' imprisonment here and the rest of it's rich history.
Brodie Castle 16th century tower house packed to the turrets with art and antiques, plus passageways and towers to explore! Set in beautiful parkland with fantastic adventure playground suitable for kids of all ages.
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 A whole kilometre under the mountain you'll find the Power Station, comprising vast chambers to explore and huge turbines to watch! Plus interactive screens in the visitor centre, guided tours and technical galleries. Fascinating!
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 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 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 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 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 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 - is a interactive, evolving museum with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more. 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 Visitor Centre and base for the Highland Council Rangers with hands-on activities and exhibitions next to an expanse of beach.
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 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 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.
Elgin Ice Rink offers more than just the public skating, with curling, figure skating, ice hockey, lessons, crash courses and ice disco also available! Plus a special session for wheelchairs to get onto the ice: cool!
Inverness Ice Centre Their 5 rink arena means everyone can do their thing: be it figure skating, ice hockey, curling, synchronised skating or just skooshing about with the family!
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 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 Visit one of the top 5 visitor attractions in the highlands. With activities like rock climbing, aerial adventure course, ice climbing and private guiding, it doesn’t get any more exciting than this.
Outfit Moray Outdoor activity sessions for 9 to 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 is an unforgettable high ropes activity for adventurers at least seven years old and over a metre tall, where you'll be hitting one of two assault courses way up in the trees: the Buzzard or the Treecreeper! Active family fun.
Craggan Outdoors One of the widest ranges of outdoor activities available in the Scottish Highlands including archery, art, indoor wall and outside climbing, golf, high ropes, mini quads, mountain biking, pony trekking, raft building, River Spey canoe trips, white water rafting and kayaking! Wow!
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.
Outdoor Discovery With oodles of thrilling activities for over 4s, including junior quad biking, surf simulator, grass sledding, trampolining, laser tag and plenty of snow sports too like skiing, snowboarding and Ringo tubing!
The Loft Activity Centre - is an activity centre and large family friendly cafe on a working farm. Activities include Quads, Archery, Laser Tag, Water Walkerz, Segway, Pottery Painting and Grass Sledging! We have an outside and inside play area and outside seating and make great coffee too!
Dingwall Leisure Centre Leisure centre with first class swimming facilities and a wide choice of sessions, tailored to different abilities. Great for fun with the family, lane swimming or relaxation. There is a Toddler pool too. Other activities and sports also available.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre Family run working sleddog centre offering a number of experiences for the whole family. Kennel and museum tours, a chance to meet the sleddogs, plus sleddogs trips and safaris to enjoy for over 12s only!
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.
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.
Laggan Wolftrax Centre Mountain bike trails with bite and more! Explore the forest on two wheels or follow our waymarked walking trails and orienteering routes. Everything starts from the Laggan Wolftrax Centre and Cafe: why not make a family day of it!
Rollerbowl 24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and video games in the Electric Arcade. Fun!
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 Discover more in Aviemore on this self guided spy mission themed Treasure Trail. Solve the clues along the route as you explore and save the day!
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.
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 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 Experience a scenic vintage trip in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Welcome aboard The Strathspey Railway for an exciting experience at the heart of the Scottish Highlands! Special Events, fantastic Family Activities and Tours await to make your trip extra special!
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 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. Adventures range from 1 hour 45 to a whopping 8 hours, with loads of natural wildlife to spot: if you're lucky!
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!
Hebridean Whale Cruises Exciting offshore Whale Watching and inshore Wildlife cruises from Gairloch. Open RHIB or more stable cruisers available. Loads of marine wildlife to enjoy, plus red deer and eagles to spot!
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises Set a course for adventure with award winning family cruises, tours and charters on the lovely Loch Ness. Check the depths for Nessie herself using the Jacobite sonar equipment!
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 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 youâÂÂÂÂll remember for a long time to...
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.
Caithness Sea Coast Travel along the Caithness coast in a family friendly rigid inflatable boat and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife, which includes seals and, if you are lucky, dolphins and whales. Suitable for ages 4 and above.
Ness Islands Railway a 7 and a quarter inch gauge track, with steam and diesel locomotives running half mile long scenic services through the Whin Park with a classic sit astride seating system!
Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve This loch is famous for its beautiful wooded shores and islands. The reserve embraces 5 of the loch's islands, ideal for exploring and enjoying the flora and fauna. Lovely!
Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve Visit an ancient slot gorge in the Highland wilderness, with amazing waterfalls, and a Victorian suspension bridge to view it from! Easier and more level walk available that is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
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 Your group can enjoy and a scenic ferry trip, seeing 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 Beautiful estate with Visitor Centre, a café, several shops, plus Walled Gardens and spectacular River Walks to explore. This is also an Adventure Playground for the kids. Open throughout the year and free to visit!
Whin Park is a large play park featuring a boating pond with ducks, a minature train ride, lots of adventure play area including one for adults, plus loos, shops, and picnic benches. A lovely traditional style day out!
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, with plenty of options around you to extend the day.
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 including a fun fort and a real one, dragonfly pond, picnic spot, reconstructed whiskey still and more besides. And at 5.5miles they're...
Plodda Falls In a charming phone and GPS blackspot you can genuinely escape the modern the modern world for a bit and explore the 46m tall waterfalls with surrounding walks and viewing areas. Serious adventure!
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 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 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 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 Park near the beach, offering 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! Free to visit.
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 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.
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.
Loch an Eilein A lake containing a 13th century mysterious island castle with loads of dramatic views plus plenty of wildlife such as red squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. Great place to go for a walk amid ancient pine trees.
Cairngorms National Park The UK’s largest national park with lots of things to do such as water sports, hiking, wildlife watching and skiing. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age or ability.
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 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 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 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 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 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 and adventure!
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 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 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 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 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 A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
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 Green Coast Awarded sandy beach offering safe shallow swimming, good sand castling and also featuring rock pools for exploration.
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 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 A 17 screen multiplex cinema with 7 3D enabled screens.
The Thurso Cinema is the UK mainland’s most northerly entertainment venue. The cinema has two screens 152 and 88 seats a-piece. Customers can enjoy the latest Sony digital projection, Dolby 7:1 sound technology and 3D. The Bar and Kitchen is now open too!
Busy Bees Lots of fun equipment and daily activities for the under 6 crowd such as painting, easy baking, crafts, music and lots of games, plus bouncy castle and oodles of dressing up stuff.
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 Explore the heather covered hills of Highland Perthshire from the back of a sure footed pony! 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 TRSS approved facility offering guided, off road 1 hr, half day or day long treks. No experience required but no lessons available.
Wildwoodz Paintball Park Outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery.