Scottish Highlands Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    8 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

    Explore the mystique, enchantment and magic of the Scottish Highlands on this family vacation. As your family travels around some of the most gorgeous wilderness in the world, you’ll search national parks and meet reindeer, explore Loch Ness for a Nessie sighting, and kayak in clear water off a white sand beach. This is an adventure your family will never forget!

    Recommended Age: 8+

    Search for the Loch Ness Monster

    Jump aboard a zodiac to speed across Loch Ness in search of its famous and mysterious resident, Nessie.

    Meet and Feed a Herd of Reindeer

    Take a mountain bike ride to Cairngorm Mountain, which is home to a vast population of friendly reindeer that you can feed by hand.

    Travel Back in Time at the Highland Folk Museum

    At this open-air museum, your family will experience what life was like in the highlands dating all the way back to the 1700s.

    Go on a Wilderness Jeep Safari

    Look for red deer and golden eagles as you drive through forests, over hills and to the tops of peaks 3,000 feet high during an exciting jeep safari around Perthshire.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Inverness, Scotland

    Days 2-3


    Visit Brodie Castle

    Make a stop in Moray to visit the turreted Brodie Castle with its centuries-old family history.

    Meet the Reindeer of Cairngorm Mountain

    Take a leisurely hike to the hilltop location where free-ranging reindeer live. Standing in their midst, you can stroke their fur and hand feed them some of their favorite foods, while you learn about their history in the park.

    Rothiemurchus Forest

    Cycle along ancient woodland trails through magnificent Caledonian Pine forest looking for red squirrel and capercaillie birds.

    Cycling Cairngorms National Park

    Enjoy cycling in the national park, known for its easy and challenging trails.

    Days 4-5

    Fort William

    Loch Ness

    Board a boat for a ride through Loch Ness, in search of the famed Loch Ness Monster and the magical kelpies who also live here. Enjoy the scenery, and learn some history of the region.

    Hiking Glen Nevis

    Enjoy the ‘best short hike’ in Scotland on a 2.5-mile jaunt through wildflower strewn meadows and dramatic views to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in Scotland.

    Sea Kayaking with Seals

    With its hundreds of islands and islets, and abundance of marine mammals, the Sound of Arisaig is a perfect place for sea-kayaking. Board your sturdy vessel and paddle through the sheltered waters of Arisaig Bay, a photogenic wonderland, and delight in the company of gregarious seals. Keep an eye out too, for otters, dolphins, and porpoises that frequent the area.

    Fish and Chips Lunch

    In the tiny, picturesque village of Mallaig, enjoy a traditional lunch and take in the stunning views.

    Beaches of Arisaig

    Walk the ‘Old Road to the Isles’ to the beach of Airsaig with its large seal colony, and watch for porpoises and dolphins in the surf.

    Days 6-7


    Relive History at the Highland Folk Museum

    Visit the post office, shops, schools and homes from bygone eras, and see how life changed over a span of two hundred years.

    The Highland Game of Shinty

    Watch a demonstration of a sport that is played passionately in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – shinty. This is a Celtic game that is very similar to hurling in Ireland. Watch as the locals show you how it is done and then have a go yourself!

    Wildlife Expedition in Perthshire

    Along with your kilted safari ranger, explore the nature, history and culture of the Perthshire Mountains.

    Hike Birks o'Aberfeldy

    Walk through inspiring, pristine wilderness where birch and ash trees line the woods, and enjoy views of the roaring Falls of Moness.

    Day 8

    Depart Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Call for Availability
    Adult $4490
    Teen $4490
    Child $4290

    2020 Dates


    Adult $4590
    Teen $4590
    Child $4390


    Adult $4590
    Teen $4590
    Child $4390

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Ravenscraig Guest House

    Situated on Main Street in the quaint town of Aviemore is the lovely Ravenscraig Guest House. This small guest house is in the perfect location to explore the town as well as Cairngorms National Park. The Ravenscraig has a wonderful and helpful staff, clean and comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi and a delicious breakfast. Your family will feel right at home.

    Nevis Bank Inn

    The Nevis Bank Inn is in the perfect location to explore one of the most beautiful glens in the entire United Kingdom. No matter where you look, when you’re at the Nevis Bank Inn adventure and natural beauty are never far. The inn sits on the bank of the Nevis River, at the entry way to the Nevis Glen, and on the famed trail of the West Highland Way. The rooms are large and comfortable; the staff is friendly and helpful; and with free Wi-Fi and a delicious onsite restaurant, there is no better place for your family to stay in the West Scottish Highlands!

    Balnearn House

    On the edge of the town of Aberfeldy and in the heart of the Perthshire Highland is the charming Balnearn House B&B. This small family-run B&B is set in the midst of an acreage of quiet and pristine countryside that provides ultimate relaxation and a great starting point to explore the surrounding area. You’ll feel the Scottish hospitality throughout your stay from the cozy and comforting rooms to the welcoming and friendly staff. The Balnearn House offers free Wi-Fi and is only a short walk from the restaurants and cafes in town. This is a great place to stay while exploring the Scottish Highlands.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

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Starts at



11 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.