Canny Tours (< 1 mile)
Bringing this ancient landscape to life with traditional tales told in a vibrant and enthusiastic way. A fascinating tour programme, though please note if you're taking young children that they do last all day.
Ness Islands Walk (< 1 mile)
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
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises (1 miles)
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
Whin Park (1 miles)
- 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
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters (1 miles)
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.
Playzone (2 miles)
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.
Brewsters Indoor Play Area (2 miles)
Brewsters Indoor Play Area
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.
Rollerbowl (2 miles)
24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and a good selection of arcade games
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness (2 miles)
inverness City Sightseeing Tour (2 miles)
inverness City Sightseeing Tour
This open-bus tour provides an extensive look at the city and the surrounding area. Pick from the Town Tour, the Inverness/Culloden Moor Tour, or the new Loch Ness Monster Tour. The tours depart regularly from the tourist office and range from 30 minutes to three hours.
Culloden Battlefield (5 miles)
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
Avoch Dolphin Trips (6 miles)
Avoch Dolphin Trips
Daily sailings from picturesque Avoch Harbour on the hour, every hour - Easter to October or as demand, weather and tide allow. 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.
Robertsons Childrens Farm (8 miles)
Robertsons Childrens Farm
Our Children’s 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.
Busy Bees (11 miles)
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.
RunAround (11 miles)
Dingwall Leisure Centre (11 miles)
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.
Cawdor Castle (12 miles)
As well as the Shakesperian Macbeth castle there are also three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and a 9-hole 3 par golf course
WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre (12 miles)
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 Ness Centre and Exhibition (13 miles)
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 (13 miles)
is a great place to see Nessie and learn a bit about Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster.
Urquhart Castle (14 miles)
Once one of Scotlandâs largest castles, Urquhartâs remains include a tower house that commands splendid views.
Invergordon Leisure Centre (15 miles)
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre (15 miles)
Ecoventures (16 miles)
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.
Brodie Castle (21 miles)
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)
Landmark Forest Theme Park (21 miles)
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 'Bamboozeleum'(c) and learn all the secrets of Scotland's ancient Pine forest? - And you've only just got going!
Logie Estate (21 miles)
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.
Tain Through Time (24 miles)
Aviemore Treasure Trail (25 miles)
Aviemore Treasure Trail
The self-guided Aviemore Trail is a fantastic, inexpensive and quirky way to explore the area. Follow the Directions, Solve the Clues and See the Sights!
Extreme Dream (25 miles)
Come for a climb, coffee and a chat whilst the tots play in our soft-play area and -5's climb zone.
Strathspey Railway (25 miles)
Whatever your age come aboard The Strathspey Railway and relive the sights and sounds of the steam age - great idea is you are looking for fun family things to do in Scotland.
Treezone (26 miles)
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
The Fun House (26 miles)
The Fun House
£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.
Leault Farm (27 miles)
Participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs. Watch up to 8 dogs working sheep & ducks. Help to shear a sheep & bottle feed orphan lambs. Meet the friendly collie pups
Loch Garten Osprey Centre (27 miles)
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.
Highland Wildlife Park (27 miles)
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.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre (28 miles)
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.
Plodda Falls (28 miles)
- 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
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (28 miles)
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.
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre (28 miles)
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre
April - mid-October: multi-activities on scenic Loch Insh of sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, river trips, rowing, salmon & trout fishing, dry ski slope skiing, archery, mountain biking and hill walking. Hire and/or instruction by the hour, day or week.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Inverness 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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