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Best Things To Do & Days Out In The Highlands

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 71 fun things to do in The Highlands for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Gairloch, Brora, Wick and Aviemore. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 27 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right The Highlands day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in The Highlands with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Sunset at Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donan Castle

  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

One of Scotland's most iconic specimens, Eilean Donan Castle is tremendous fun to explore, a majestic exterior with opulent interiors and terrific sc...

Stream at Plodda Falls in Inverness

Plodda Falls

  • Tomich
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The stunning Plodda Falls waterfall is 151 feet (46 metres) tall, inside Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, surrounding by majestic Douglas firs wh...

Passengers on Calums Plockton Seal Trips

Calums Plockton Seal Trips

  • Plockton
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

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 pl...

Dolphins swimming by boat at Seaprobe Atlantis in Kyle of Lochalsh

Seaprobe Atlantis

  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

The award winning Seaprobe Atlantis Semi-Submersible Glass Bottom Boat, from Kyle of Lochalsh, offers a unique opportunity to explore all the scenery...

Hill top view of Applecross Beach in The Highlands

Applecross Beach

  • Applecross
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

You will never forget the hair raising mountain route to the remote Highland Peninsula of Applecross. A steep single track road twists through acute...

Monster Activities

  • Fort Augustus
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Monster Activities couldn't be any better named: these are monster sized activities for your own little monsters, and they will not be disappointed!...

Invermoriston Falls

Invermoriston Falls

  • Invermoriston
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Invermoriston Falls are a major draw for the area, with stunning views to be had all round. There is a fairly short walk on even terrain from the...

Hilltop view of Urquhart Castle in Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

  • Loch Ness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Urquhart Castle The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. On...

Loch Ness monster model at Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

  • Drumnadrochit
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A 5 Star Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction, the exhibition has been open for over 30 years and consists of 6 themed rooms all telling their own story...

Cable car at Nevis Range in Fort William

Nevis Range

  • Fort William
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

The Nevis Range offers a great range of activities to suit all ages and abilities and open all year round. There are 12 ski lifts, including Scotland...

Exhibition room at Treasures Of The Earth in Durham

Treasures Of The Earth

  • Fort William
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Treasures Of The Earth explore the painstakingly recreated caverns, caves and mining scenes and discover the amazing crystals and geodes u to 7ft...

Passengers on Western Isles Cruises in Mallaig

Western Isles Cruises

  • Mallaig
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

See some fantastic views of the Scottish coastline with  Western Isles Cruises. Travel on the ferry up Loch Nevis to Knoydart, known as Europe's Last...

Outside view of Armadale Castle and Grounds in Isle of Skye

Armadale Castle and Grounds

  • Isle of Skye
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Armadale Castle and Grounds The 20,000-acre Clan Donald Skye highland estate is home to the Armadale Castle Ruins surrounded by a 40 acres woodland g...

Girl on Abriachan Trails

Abriachan Trails

  • Abriachan
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

It's wild and isolated during most of the Abriachan Trails, but hey: that's why they like it! A proper adventure hike of semi epic proportions this 3...

Sunset at The Nevis Centre in Fort William

The Nevis Centre

  • Fort William
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Nevis Centre offers a few differing options for a fun day inside. Their multi-level adventure soft play area includes a bouncy castle, several sl...

The Jacobite Steam Train passes countryside in Fort William

The Jacobite Steam Train

  • Fort William
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

From the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis) to Britain’s most westerly station (Arisaig) you’ll be treated to plenty of incredible sights on the...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Loch Linnhe Beach

  • Fort William
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Take your little explorers down to Loch Linnhe beach in Scotland, where they’ll love discovering all sorts of marine life.  As you stroll along the b...

Family on Murder Mystery Trail

Fort William Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Fort William
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Could the next great detective be part of your family? Time to find out! Grab the kids and go on a wild crime-fighting adventure with the Fort Willia...

Outside view of West Highland Museum in Fort William

West Highland Museum

  • Fort William
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

West Highland Museum gives you the chance to find out everything about the region, including the historic Fort William, where it is based. Learn abou...

Instructor leading kids at 3 Wise Monkeys Climbing in Fort William

3 Wise Monkeys Climbing

  • Fort William
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Up for some challenging fun? Channel your inner spiderman and take on the heights at 3 Wise Monkeys Climbing centre! No matter how small, or big you...

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