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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Bowling alleys at Rollerbowl Inverness

Rollerbowl Inverness

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Rollerbowl 24 Plastic AMF lanes with wooden approaches and a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables plus some cool video games in the Elect...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Frankie and Lolas in Inverness

Frankie and Lolas

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to the North's premier indoor Children's Softplay Centre: Frankie and Lola's! For Kids Come and rumble in the jungle with us and enjoy 6000 s...

Go Karts at Inverness Kart Raceway

Inverness Kart Raceway

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Up for a race? Put your helmets on and get ready to go for the gold, as you and the kids race your way to victory at Inverness Kart Raceway. Drivers...

Outside view of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Explore the history of the Scottish Highlands from a whole new interactive light! The museum is home to a wide range of artefacts and activities for...

Family on Murder Mystery Trail

Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Who ever said cracking a case meant no time for sightseeing? The Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail is all about combining the two, so slap your thinki...

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop On Hop Off tour bus passing castle

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop On Hop Off5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Join kelpies, selkies and the Loch Ness Monster on a City Sightseeing Inverness Hop On Hop Off Tour. Over 12 stops you’ll see all sorts of historic g...

Passengers on City Sightseeing Inverness Hop on Hop off Tour bus

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop on Hop off Tour

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions
Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Portree Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Portree
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for ways to get your kids active? Take them on the Portree Treasure Hunt Trail where the promise of buried (fictional) loot is sure to get th...

Paintball areas at Wildwoodz Paintball Park in Inverness

Wildwoodz Paintball Park

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Paintballing

Wildwoodz Paintball Park is an outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery. Wildwoodz runs fixed date activi...

Clear day at Redpoint Beach in Gairloch

Redpoint Beach

  • Gairloch
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Redpoint Beach To get to Redpoint drive to Lock Gairloch and then take the single track coast road south to Badachro and Opinan, passing woodland cov...

Soft play frame at Brewsters at Inshes Gate in Inverness

Brewsters at Inshes Gate

  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Brewsters Indoor Play Area is attached to a kid friendly restaurant but has a decent standard of standalone play areas, both indoor and a smaller one...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Inverness

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

You'll never be short of things to see at the cinema, after all there's endless possibilities of places to go with films! Jump into movie magic at Vu...

People paddleboarding at Rugged Paddleboard Glencoe in Ballachulish

Rugged Paddleboard Glencoe

  • Ballachulish
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Rugged Paddleboard Glencoe will turn every paddleboarding newbie into a confident pro! Take lessons, go on a scenic tour, or simply hire a board and...

Lake at Faerie Glen in Isle of Skye

Faerie Glen

  • Isle of Skye
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Faerie Glen A bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Faerie Glen is a beautiful and sweetly atmospheric spot gu...

Clear day at Firemore Beach in Poolewe

Firemore Beach

  • Poolewe
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Firemore Beach The beach is aptly named as it offers regularly the warmest swimming on the west coast of Scotland. Near the River Ewe, famous for sal...

Boat at Avoch Dolphin Trips

Avoch Dolphin Trips

  • Avoch
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Avoch Dolphin Trips Their boat, Corbiere, is a 24' Dory with waterjet engine (no propellers) and will carry up to 12 passengers in safety and comfort...

Field at Culloden Battlefield in Inverness

Culloden Battlefield

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

An exciting interpretive exhibition uses interactive characters that witnessed or were involved in the battle and incorporating the latest historical...

Clothes on tree at Culloden Wood in Inverness

Culloden Wood

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

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...

People kayaking on swimming pool at Lochbroom Leisure Centre in Ullapool

Lochbroom Leisure Centre

  • Ullapool
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

Lochbroom Leisure Centre is a sports and swimming centre with lots of sports on offer, a climbing wall, rollerskating, and bouncy castle and ball poo...

Camping pods at Glencoe Mountain Resort in Kingshouse

Glencoe Mountain Resort

  • Kingshouse
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Glencoe Mountain Resort The resort is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on Rannoch Moor and offers stunning views of the iconic Bucha...

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