20 Best Things To Do Outdoors In The Highlands Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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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...

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...

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...

Kids feeding alpacas at Robertsons Childrens Farm in Beauly

Robertsons Childrens Farm

  • Beauly
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Robertson's Children's Farm is your Highlands stop where you can meet goats, alpacas, donkeys, pigs and, of course, the famous Highland cow. Children...

Beach at Camusdarach Beach and Campsite in Arisaig

Camusdarach Beach and Campsite

  • Arisaig
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Camusdarach Beach and Campsite The beach is consistently rated one of the most beauteous in the country if not the world, featuring 3 pale sandy beac...

Kids running on a sandy beach

Morar Beach

  • Arisaig
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Morar beach in Scotland is a sandy beach that’s one of the ones that is infamous for having silver sands. Combined with the aqua-blue water, you’ll b...

Frog at Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve in Braemore

Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve

  • Braemore
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve is an ancient slot gorge (or box canyon), with a deep tree shrouded chasm that cuts through the Highland...

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