Family Half Term Activities in the Scottish Highlands
Updated: Jan 23
Half-term is fast-approaching, why not create a truly unique and memorable experience for all the family this half-term by embarking on a camper road trip? The UK is made for exploring in a campervan! The beauty of hiring a camper van is that there are no airports involved. You simply pack up some clothes, wellies, blankets and food supplies and hit the road on a half term adventure like no other.
The Scottish Highlands are one of the most popular places to head to for a beautiful campervanning holiday this half-term. Read on for fun activities and recommended campsites to park up and spend your evenings chilling by the fireside.
And remember if you’re driving for long periods you can expect your little ones to become bored so make sure you pack plenty of entertainment for the road and most importantly SNACKS!!!!!
From Scottish wildcats to snow leopards, red squirrels to red pandas, you'll find an incredible mix of endangered species from all over the globe, as well as native species at the Highland Wildlife Park. It's home to wolves, lynx, beavers and wild horses; animals which at one time roamed Scotland's lands.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland and opening on the 12th February 2022 just in time for the half term!
On the River Ness lies the pretty Ness Islands, connected to the river banks by footbridges. The series of paths and bridges are great for a gentle walk, with pathways suitable for pushchairs. From Whin Park you could also ride one of the two locomotives which take passengers on an exciting journey over ½ mile long, a bit fun for all the family to enjoy.
Located in the pretty town of Nairn, one of Scotland's favourite seaside destinations. You will find a fantastic beach and The Moray Firth has a resident pod of dolphins and other fascinating marine life so be sure to head out on a wildlife cruise with Phoenix Sea Adventures.
Hop on board the Strathspey Railway for a steam train adventure that all the family will enjoy. Trips run from Aviemore to Broomhill via Boat of Garten, with a return trip taking approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. If you are feeling peckish you can experience on board dining, and on some days there are special themed events.
Now onto the campsites we recommend for touring through the Highlands, there were many to choose from but these two stood out as they tick so many boxes for family camping holidays...
This is a great place to set up camp if you are touring the Scottish Highlands. Situated in the beautiful location of Lochaber in Fort William, you will never tire of your surroundings! Facilities include; hard standing level pitches, a motorhome service point, shower/ bath facilities and plug-ins for your camper with 10amp electricity.
Another great spot for venturing out to the Highlands and in a beautiful beach location. The park is set up really well for families with lots to keep you entertained onsite, including crazy golf, an adventure playground and a wildlife nature trail. There is also an indoor swimming pool for those rainy days when the beach is not so appealing! And a sauna to unwind in at the end of an adventure packed day. There are a variety of campervan pitches to choose from all of them come with access to; waste and water disposal, water access point, shower and toilet block, baby changing, shaving area with sockets, parking near pitch, and the launderette.