Top family-friendly things to do in the Highlands

Kids will love scrambling around Urquhart Castle, with plenty of ruins to explore and towers to climb. Then all stop for breath and take in the views across Loch Ness.

Family-friendly Highlands things to do: Urquhart Castle

See Loch Ness from a different perspective and take a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tour – with the option of a speedy thrill ride! The knowledgeable skippers will tell you all sorts of stories about the mysterious loch as you bounce across the water!

For an even more thrilling Loch Ness experience, try walking on the water in a giant inflatable ball. The whole family can compete as to who can get the furthest! Various companies around Loch Ness offer the experience, including Boots ‘n’ Paddles.

Go for a ride on the Hogwarts Express! Ok, not really, but the West Coast railway line was used for scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Hop on the Jacobite steam train at Fort William and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the journey to Mallaig.

Fort William is Britain’s ‘adventure capital’ so it’s the place to get outdoors! The whole family can take part in adventures like white water rafting, kayaking and climbing with various organisations offering trips and tours.

Discover the myths and legends behind that mysterious monster at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibtion in Drumnadrochit, a village near the shores of Loch Ness. You can also meet the Nessie Hunter on the other side of the loch at Dores beach.

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