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

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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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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...

Entrance to Highland Museum Of Childhood in Strathpeffer

Highland Museum Of Childhood

  • Strathpeffer
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Highland Museum Of Childhood tells the story of childhood in the Highlands. It is home to the comprehensive Angela Kellie Doll Collection. Costume, c...

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...

Boat at the Misty Isle Boat Trips in the Isle of Skye

Misty Isle Boat Trips

  • Isle of Skye
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

On a Misty Isle Boat Trip there are chances to see some really stunning marine life on your trip, but of course you must remember that a great deal d...

Lake and mountains at Bella Jane Boat Trips in Elgol

Bella Jane Boat Trips

  • Elgol
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Complete your trip to Skye with a trip on the award winning and locally iconic blue and white Bella Jane: the only regular full-time service from Elg...

Whales on Hebridean Whale Cruises in Gairloch

Hebridean Whale Cruises

  • Gairloch
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Hebridean Whale Cruises offer whale watching and wildlife cruises from Gairloch, on the spectacular north west coast of Scotland, whose glittering He...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Gairloch Beach

  • Gairloch
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a secluded beach in Scotland? Head down to Gairloch beach, a lovely sandy beach with some spectacular views, plus dogs are allowed all ye...

Play area at Busy Bees in Dingwall

Busy Bees

  • Dingwall
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Busy Bees offer physical and imagination play plus loads of activities, all for families with kids under 6 years. The enormous Dress Up Box is a high...

Swimming pool at Dingwall Leisure Centre

Dingwall Leisure Centre

  • Dingwall
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Dingwall Leisure Centre is a great place for a family splash about, especially during the dedicated Family Sessions. There is also a Games Hall offer...

Outside view of Laggan Wolftrax Centre in Laggan

Laggan Wolftrax Centre

  • Laggan
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Laggan Wolftrax Centre The Laggan Wolftrax Centre is the base for some great adventures in the forest. Best known for the Laggan Wolftrax MTB trail c...

Miniature train at Ness Islands Railway in Inverness

Ness Islands Railway

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

On the Ness Islands Railway you'll be riding a 7 and a quarter inch gauge track, with 3 trains running half mile long scenic services through the Whi...

Boys on Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises in Inverness

Loch Ness by Jacobite

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Who’s ready for a Nessie hunt? Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises provide a wide range of boat tours with all the trimmings. That includes live sonar, castle...

Lake at Whin Park in Inverness

Whin Park

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Amongst it's other delights, Whin Park boasts 4 separate adventure play areas within it's confines and the fun physical play equipment includes zip l...

Swimming pools at Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters

Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters

  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters pool features a massive wave pool with water geysers. From the wave pool you can move into the River which will...

Ice hockey players at Inverness Ice Centre

Inverness Ice Centre

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Inverness Ice Centre With a whopping 5 rink system and a great tuition record this centre is the perfect place for beginners to get started, not just...

Tree at Inverewe Garden and Estate in Poolewe

Inverewe Garden and Estate

  • Poolewe
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Inverewe Garden and Estate Inverewe Garden and Estate is a huge Garden but with a difference! Flowers, plants, shrubs and trees from all over the wor...

Girl ice skating with penguin aid at The Ice Factor Kinlochleven

The Ice Factor Kinlochleven

  • Kinlochleven
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Family days out shouldn't be boring! With activities to suit all abilities (no experience necessary!), Ice Factor is the ideal day out with the kids....

River Ness by Ness Islands Walk in Inverness

Ness Islands Walk

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Although within the city, the Ness Islands could easily be a million miles from it and offers a unique and serene family trip destination for those w...

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