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Child Friendly Hidden Gems to visit in the Scottish Highlands

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track child friendly locations scattered around the Scottish Highlands.


Whether you're looking to hike across the Scottish Highlands, or discover hidden gems perfect for picnics, this guide will lead you to some of Scottish Highlands best-kept secrets, ensuring a memorable and family-friendly experience for all!


Here are some of our favourite hidden gems in the Scottish Highlands which are child friendly, however we do recommend doing your own research, as each child is different.


So grab your walking boots, pack your picnic (or a change of nappies!), and get ready to explore the hidden gems that await you and your little ones in the captivating Highlands!


Image of Plodda Falls in Scotland


1) Steall Waterfall


Steall Waterfall is a must-visit place in order to witness one of the best waterfalls in Scotland! The trekking is quite challenging, but doable so brace the kids!


On average, based on other user reviews, it usually takes around 45-60 minutes to reach Steall Waterfall, but once you are up there it's definitely worth the effort! It is indeed a lovely place to be with the scenic beauty of the Nevis Gorge around you.


Image of Steall Waterfall in Scotland

2) Glencoe Lochan


Glencoe is stunning, even on a day of rain and wind! It's not far from Glencoe Village, and visitors have the option of three trails which are easy to complete.


The ambience and scenery have similarities to Canada, with Glencoe being a magical place with beautiful views of the loch and mountains. Definitely worth a visit.


Image of Glencoe Lochan  in Scotland

3) Glenfinnan Viaduct


Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct in the Scottish Highlands. It was built between 1897 and 1901 and spans 1,000 feet long and is 100 feet high. The viaduct has become famous due to its appearances in the Harry Potter film series.


The views of the bridge are stunning especially when you get high enough to see the tracks. If your kids are a fan of Harry Potter, then you definitely have to take them to see this gem!


Image of Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland


4) Eilean Donan Castle


Fans of The Outlander will recognise this location, and is one of most iconic places in Scotland. If you're heading towards the Isle of Skye, we recommend stopping off at this place!


For those with a drone, make sure you go back around sunset if you can. Some of the pics you can get are incredible, to say the least!


Image of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

5) Plodda Falls


The Plodda Falls is a beautiful and natural waterfall located in Scotland. The waterfall is situated in a picturesque forested area, surrounded by lush green vegetation, towering trees, and rugged cliffs.


The water cascading down the falls is crystal clear and creates a soothing sound as it flows into the pool below. Why not take the kids up to the birds-eye viewpoint for a breath-taking sight of Plodda Falls?


Image of Plodda Falls in Scotland

6) Urquhart Castle


Urquhart Castle is an excellent place to go to and explore the national heritage in Scotland. Located around the castle you'll find very informative posts around as well as a short video at the beginning to explain a bit about the history.


For you photographers, there are plenty of opportunities to take photographs around and overall it's great place to relax!


Image of Urquhart Castle in Scotland

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known child friendly hidden gems which are scattered around the Scottish Highlands. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Scotland trip even more memorable!


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