The spectacular Scottish Highlands is a hiker’s paradise. From challenging peaks to lovely lochside walks, there are endless trails for both serious and leisurely walkers. But there’s so much more to the Highlands region than hiking. If you’re traveling to Scotland with kids, here are some of the best things to see and do.
Visit the Highland Wildlife Park
From Scottish wildcats and beautiful snow leopards to red pandas, there are so many incredible animals to see at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie in the Cairngorms National Park area. This 105-hectare safari park and zoo provide plenty of family fun, with easy drives around the main reserve. You can also explore parts of the park on foot, giving you opportunities to get up close with wildlife. Don’t miss the snow monkeys when it’s their feeding time – they’re fascinating to watch.
Plan a Segway Adventure
If your little ones have a sense of adventure, a Segway tour is a great way to spend the day. Here at Corrour Estate, we can arrange a 3 hour off-road Segway trip with fresh air and excellent views. As the Segway is extremely eco-friendly, you’ll be able to keep your footprint to a minimum while on vacation.
Enjoy a Day Out in Inverness
Inverness is a fantastic destination for families because it has something for everyone. From museums and galleries to castles and attractions, it’s the perfect location if you’re worried about the kids getting bored. Go shopping, find family-friendly dining across the city center, and enjoy a diverse choice of entertainment from theatre and cinemas to comedy clubs.
Explore Beautiful Highland Villages
As well as the big city of Inverness, the Highlands is also home to some great towns and villages. Some of the most beautiful villages for walking around in are Fort Augustus, Laggan, Corpach, Killin and Portree. These areas are all wonderful for short hikes or strolls around the center, and all have some cozy little pubs and cafes to warm up in.
Have a Go with Archery
Another activity that children love when vacationing in Scotland is archery. With such a vast countryside on your doorstep, a visit to the Highlands isn’t complete without some outdoor games such as archery. We can arrange a 2 hour session, complete with coaching – so beginners are welcome!
Go Cycling at Loch Lomond
Loch Ness may be famous for the Loch Ness Monster, but Loch Lomond isn’t to be missed if you’re here with kids. There are so many activities to be enjoyed here, including cycling. The Rob Roy Loop circular is ideal for little legs and is a mix of quiet rural roads and flat off-road cycle paths. Following the route through Strathyre Forest, you might be able to spot the Red squirrel.
Meet the Cairngorms Reindeer Herd
This reindeer herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer and they have been there since 1952. They’re tame and super friendly and can be seen on the mountains or roaming around on the Glenlivet Estate. The Shop and Paddocks are open daily (except the winter period from Jan to Feb), and guided hill walks are available.