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Things To Do & Days Out near Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle (< 1 mile)
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.
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (2 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.
Abriachan Trails (5 miles)
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...
Robertsons Childrens Farm (13 miles)
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.
Ness Islands Railway (13 miles)
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!
Frankie and Lolas (13 miles)
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!
Whin Park (13 miles)
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!
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters (13 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.
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises (13 miles)
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!
Inverness Ice Centre (13 miles)
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!
Rollerbowl (14 miles)
Rollerbowl 24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and video games in the Electric Arcade. Fun!
Invermoriston Falls (14 miles)
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.
Ness Islands Walk (14 miles)
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.
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum (14 miles)
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.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (14 miles)
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and hands-on activities. Art Gallery with rolling programme of exhibitions.
inverness City Sightseeing Tour (15 miles)
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.
Plodda Falls (15 miles)
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!
Brewsters at Inshes Gate (15 miles)
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.
Vue Cinema Inverness (16 miles)
Vue Cinema Inverness A 17 screen multiplex cinema with 7 3D enabled screens.
Blackisle Wildlife Park (17 miles)
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!
Wildwoodz Paintball Park (18 miles)
Wildwoodz Paintball Park Outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery.
Culloden Battlefield (18 miles)
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.
Culloden Wood (18 miles)
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.
Highland Museum Of Childhood (20 miles)
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.
Busy Bees (20 miles)
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.
Dingwall Leisure Centre (20 miles)
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.
Avoch Dolphin Trips (21 miles)
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!
Highland Aviation Museum (22 miles)
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.
Laggan Wolftrax Centre (22 miles)
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!
Highland Folk Museum (22 miles)
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...
Highland Wildlife Park (23 miles)
Highland Wildlife Park Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting!
Monster Activities (23 miles)
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 (24 miles)
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.
The Highlanders Museum (24 miles)
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.
Landmark Forest Theme Park (24 miles)
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...
Cawdor Castle (25 miles)
Cawdor Castle As well as the Shakesperian Macbeth castle there are also three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and a 9-hole 3 par golf course
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail (25 miles)
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!
Strathspey Railway (25 miles)
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 Sleddog Centre (26 miles)
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!
Rothiemurchus Estate (26 miles)
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.
Loch an Eilein (26 miles)
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.
Treezone (26 miles)
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 Quasar (26 miles)
Outdoor Discovery Quasar Play with cool futuristic laser phasors in a giant inflatable Laser Zone arena full of atmospherics! Your helmet, gun and body shield all keep track of the scores and there's zero contact or impact involved.
Outdoor Discovery (26 miles)
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!
Loch Garten Osprey Centre (27 miles)
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!
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre (28 miles)
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!
Invergordon Leisure Centre (29 miles)
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!
Nairn Beach (29 miles)
Nairn Beach A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
Ecoventures (30 miles)
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 (30 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.