Family Itinerary

If you’re looking for things to do in Inverness and Loch Ness with kids, why not follow our 4-day Family Itinerary? We’ve picked out some of the most fun things to do in Scotland’s Highlands. So, here are our favourite Inverness activities and Loch Ness tourist attractions, with something for the whole family to enjoy.

Itinerary of Things to do in Inverness and Loch Ness with Kids

Day 1

Welcome to Inverness and Loch Ness! Let’s start our family tour with a bit of history. Explore Fort George, a huge military fort and home of the Black Watch regiment. Then learn more about it at the nearby Highlanders Museum, with thousands of items spread over three floors of the fort’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House.

In the afternoon, take an easy cycle through Culbin Woods and towards the spectacular Nairn Beach for some fun on the sand. Don’t forget to look out for the dolphins, which inhabit the local waters.

Nairn Beach

A Section of the Beautiful Nairn Beach

Day 2

Go for a family friendly paddling trip on Loch Ness with Explore Highland. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Nessie along the way! Or, join Dolphin Spirit for a cruise to see the dolphins in the Moray Firth.

Take the kids to Whin Park and let them burn off some energy at the largest outdoor park and free children’s play area. There’s also Inverness Skate Park and Inverness Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, climbing wall and other activities.

In an evening, take in a family movie or show at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness’ main arts venue, near the banks of the River Ness.

Bottlenose Dolphin spotting

Dolphin’s Jumping in the Moray Firth

Day 3

There’s another chance to spot Nessie this morning, with a cruise on Loch Ness with Loch Ness by Jacobite. And even if you don’t catch a glimpse, there are many other breathtaking sights, including the ancient Urquhart Castle and stunning Scottish scenery.

To find out more about Loch Ness and its iconic monster, visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Then head to the nearby Fiddler’s Restaurant and Café Bar for a hearty family lunch.

You can then spend the afternoon having fun at Abriachan Forest Trails. A woodland and moorland are with family-friendly walks and biking trails.

Leisure cruise boat on Loch Ness

Day 4

On your final morning of things to do in Inverness and Loch Ness with kids, it’s worth taking a trip down to Dores Beach to meet Steve Feltam, the Nessie Hunter. Steve has been searching for the Loch Ness Monster full time since 1991 and has lots of tales to tell of his adventures.

The daredevils among you might like to try WOW Balling on Loch Ness. Climb inside a giant inflatable ball which allows you to walk on water!

Before leaving, there’s time for lunch at the Dores Inn. A family-friendly pub on the shores of Loch Ness, serving up tasty Scottish food to set you up for the journey ahead.