Atholl Estates Trekking Centre (4 miles)
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.
Blair Castle (4 miles)
Fantastic Scottish castle with stunning grounds that include deer park, Gothic folly, and woodland adventure playground. Trails to follow inside and out, plus a number of tours available. Family friendly, with plenty to see and do.
Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre (10 miles)
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.
Highland Safaris (11 miles)
Highland Safaris is a unique 5 star Visitor Attraction combining Scotlandâs newest Wildlife attraction the Red Deer Centre with inspiring walking and Biking activities including Bike Hire, Gold and Gem Panning Centre and exhilarating Land Rover Safaris. Winner of Best Visitor Experience in Scotland
The Scottish Crannog Centre (13 miles)
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Learn all about crannogs and the ancient people who built these homes in the water over 5,000 years ago! Recreated crannog, exhibition centre, guided tour, plus a chance to try some ancient crafts for yourself!
Laggan Wolftrax Centre (21 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.
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Glenshee Ski Centre (22 miles)
Glenshee Ski Centre
From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, Glenshee offers the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland with friendly lessons available.
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre (23 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.
Highland Wildlife Park (24 miles)
Highland Wildlife Park
Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting!
Braemar Castle (27 miles)
A castle with almost 400 years of history offering guided ghost and other tours, teddy bear trail, plus traditional hunting lodge. Lots of different fun events held during the year. Seven floors high with cool spiral staircase!
CairnGorm Mountain (27 miles)
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!
Stanley Mills (28 miles)
An 18th century cotton mill and exhibition centre with lots of interactive displays that show you what life was like during this time. Family friendly place that is also a great spot for a picnic.
Crieff Visitor Centre (28 miles)
Crieff Visitor Centre
Follow in the footsteps of Scotland's 18th century Cattle Drovers and experience the life and times of the people who made Crieff the crossroads of Scotland at the turn of the 18th Century. Also home to a fascinating Caithness Crystal and Glass facility.
Caithness Glass (29 miles)
Watch the skilled glass makers turn molten glass into an array of beautiful glass objects in the studio gallery that is free to visit. Explore your own creative side and paint your own glass or plate.
Outdoor Discovery Quasar (29 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 (29 miles)
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!
Rothiemurchus Estate (29 miles)
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 (29 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.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre (29 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!
Treezone (29 miles)
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.
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre (29 miles)
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Exotic and domestic animals for visiting, petting and feeding; plus multiple indoor and outdoor play areas, mini golf, pony rides, fly fishing and seasonal farm stuff too.
The Ceramic Experience (29 miles)
The Ceramic Experience
Paint-your-own pottery studio, with soft play and cafe too! So make a masterpiece, have an adventure, or do both while mum and dad have a coffee! Good for all ages, even nan can paint a plate!
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (29 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.
Strathspey Railway (29 miles)
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!
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail (29 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!
Huntingtower Castle (31 miles)
A medieval castle with beautiful grounds, carvings and a painted ceiling. Good access, including rooftop. Full of history and a ghost! Grassy area with picnic tables. Free quiz for kids.
Noahs Ark Golf Centre (31 miles)
Noahs Ark Golf Centre
Their family friendly mini golf is housed on a tropical Florida style course but designed with an eye to the Scottish weather, with all 18 holes being floodlit and 9 of them under cover!
Noahs Ark (31 miles)
offer a massive soft play area, bowling alley, indoor karting and a ceramics workshop.
The Black Watch Castle and Museum (32 miles)
The Black Watch Castle and Museum
A family friendly military museum housed in a dramatic castle, full of uniforms, paintings, medals and military equipment. Learn the history of an elite military regiment that spans nearly 300 years.
The Perth Treasure Hunt Treasure Trail (33 miles)
The Perth Treasure Hunt Treasure Trail
Get your pirate hats on and start searching for the fictional treasure as you solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt around Perth for all the family.
Dewars Centre (33 miles)
Seasonally available ice skating, curling and more, including a pre school ice activity session, public skating, and skating lessons for ages 5 and older. Indoor bowls also available. Based at Live Active in Perth.
Perth Leisure Pool (33 miles)
Perth Leisure Pool
The centre offers 5 indoor swimming pools, an outdoor lagoon, 2 flumes, a Wild Water Channel, Poolside Whirlpools and Bubble Beds plus slide.
Fair Maids House Visitor and Information (33 miles)
Fair Maids House Visitor and Information
A geographical delight, housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Learn about space, the earth and other planets, plus explorers and exploration. You can also see the oldest rock in Scotland. Free to visit.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery (33 miles)
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
One of the oldest museum collections in the UK with a changing exhibition programme that explores the creativity and heritage of Perthshire. Unique collection of art, natural history and archaeology on display and free activities in the galleries.
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum (33 miles)
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
A museum with an impressive collection of Pictish carved sculptures including gravestons and rare architectural fragments. Fun sheets for the kids to complete. Something a little different, but fascinating.
Balmoral Castle (33 miles)
Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate.
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.
Strathyre Outdoors (34 miles)
promote a wide range of activities for families and children, including: Junior Ranger trails and Bushman fun in the forest. Wilderness trails, Twilight walk, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari and Geocaching and much more. Camping and accommodation close by.
Loch Garten Osprey Centre (34 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!
Glencoe Mountain Resort (34 miles)
Glencoe Mountain Resort
19 runs across 7 lifts catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, from several green runs on gentle plateaus to find your feet through to the longest and steepest black runs in Scotland. Summer activities also available.
Landmark Forest Theme Park (36 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...
Elcho Castle (36 miles)
One of Scotland’s best preserved tower houses, built in 16th century. A maze of stairs and rooms to explore and you can walk around outside at roof level. Free quiz for kids, plus costumes to try on.
J M Barrie's Birthplace (37 miles)
J M Barrie's Birthplace
Fly as part of the 'Peter Pan Experience, inside the enchanting cottage where Sir JM Barrie was born; plus Peter Pan garden with a living willow crocodile and adventure playground.
Monster Activities (37 miles)
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
Invermoriston Falls (38 miles)
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.
Glamis Castle (38 miles)
Castle open Easter to November with extensive garden and grounds with plenty for families to enjoy including a family exhibition room and a playground and picnic area.
McLaren Leisure Centre (38 miles)
McLaren Leisure Centre
Activity Centre with 20m swimming pool, climbing wall and a soft play area for children under 7.
The Ice Factor (39 miles)
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.
Argaty Red Kites (39 miles)
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.
Tomintoul Riding Centre (40 miles)
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 Struan 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 Tayside can enjoy the great day out as well.
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