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.
Nessieland is a great place to see Nessie and learn a bit about Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and hands-on activities.
Art Gallery with rolling programme of exhibitions.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre Discover the lifecycle of a cask and try your hand at making one at this working Cooperage complete with gift shop and cafe.
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.
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Armadale Castle and Grounds Gardens, Castle Ruins, Playground, Treasure Hunt on the Woodland Trails, Museum, Visitors Centre and more on this estate.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Rollerbowl 24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and video games in the Electric Arcade. Fun!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near Loch Ness 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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