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Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park in the majestic Northern Highlands of Scotland, provides an ideal setting for a family holiday.
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Beautiful countryside and fly fishing on a private loch – these are just some of the delights on offer for you at Delny.
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Located at the south end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen, close to the Caledonian Canal in an excellent area for touring the Highlands, Gairlochy boasts some of the most spectacular views in Scotland.
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Gledfield Highland Estate is a walker’s paradise, and is situated within 5,000 acres of wonderful striking woodlands on the shores of the Dornoch Firth along the River Carron.
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Grannies Heilan Hame, can be found in the Northern Highlands of Scotland in the quaint village of Embo, is a serene and family-friendly holiday park that offers a perfect blend of leisure activities and scenic beauty.
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Kessock Highland Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, enviably set amidst lush rolling meadowland in the wild heart of Highland Scotland.
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Situated in the picture postcard village of Fort Augustus at the southern tip of the world-famous Loch Ness, our cosy glamping pods and spacious holiday homes are the perfect home away from home for the modern adventurer.
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Nestled on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, far from the hustle and bustle of modern-day living.
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Embark on a journey to Scotland's Northern Highlands, where rugged landscapes meet serene lochs. It's a playground for adventurers: think kayaking, wildlife safaris, and exploring ancient castles. Food-wise, you're in for a treat with fresh seafood and hearty local fare. Did you know the region is home to the UK's highest village, Wanlockhead? Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park in this area offers a unique blend of freedom and comfort, with amenities and nature on your doorstep. It's the perfect base to create those lasting memories without the hassle of constant packing and unpacking.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Northern Highlands?

The Northern Highlands are a tapestry of rugged coastlines, mysterious lochs, and vast moorlands. It's not just about the scenery; the area is steeped in tales of clans and folklore. For 2024, look out for new adventure playgrounds and updated facilities in several parks.

Festivals: Keep an eye out for local Highland Games and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Why a holiday park here? It's the perfect base to explore the wilderness. Plus, you get the comfort of modern amenities after a day of adventure.

What's unique? The blend of culture, nature, and the Northern Lights on clear nights.

If you're visiting Northern Highlands with kids

Absolutely, it's a playground for young explorers. From spotting dolphins at Chanonry Point to exploring Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, there's plenty to ignite their imaginations.

Main attractions: Landmark Forest Adventure Park and the Highland Wildlife Park are hits with the kids.

Why a holiday park? They're designed with families in mind, offering safe environments and activities that keep the little ones busy.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing (think layers)
  2. Sturdy walking shoes
  3. Swimwear for pool days
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  5. Sunscreen and hats
  6. Backpacks for day trips
  7. Favourite toys or games for quiet evenings

Pet Friendly Northern Highlands Adventures

The Highlands roll out the tartan carpet for pets. Many holiday parks welcome furry friends, and there's no shortage of trails to explore.

Pet-friendly pubs: The Castle Tavern in Inverness and The Camerons Tea Room and Farm Shop near Loch Ness are welcoming to pets.

Other tips: Always check if there are any restrictions on beaches during the summer months.

Dog walking ideas in Northern Highlands

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Loch an Eilein 4 Forest and Loch PH22 1QT
Dornoch Beach 3 Beach and Dunes IV25 3LZ
Plodda Falls 1.5 Waterfalls IV4 7LN
Reelig Glen 2.5 Woodland IV5 7PR
Assynt Coastal Route Varies Coastline IV27 4LJ

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often have on-site dining, convenient for families. Local cuisine includes fresh seafood and game, with haggis being a famous dish.

Family-friendly: The Storehouse near Inverness offers a relaxed dining experience with local produce.

For couples: Rocpool Restaurant in Inverness provides a more intimate setting with innovative dishes.

Outdoor Family Adventures

The Northern Highlands are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Activity centres like G2 Outdoor in Aviemore offer kayaking, climbing, and more.

Price guide: Activities can range from £30 for a half-day session to £200 for multi-day courses.

Seasonal opening times: Most centres operate from spring to autumn, with some offering winter activities.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Eastgate Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High street brands IV2 3PP
Logie Steading Artisan Shops Local crafts and gifts IV36 2QN
Strathpeffer Pavilion Antiques Unique finds IV14 9DL
Inverness Victorian Market Indoor Market Speciality shops IV1 1PJ
Loch Ness Gifts Gift Shop Souvenirs and local products IV63 6TU


Top Parks for 2024 in Northern Highlands

Nairn Lochloy, Northern Highlands

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is a serene retreat nestled in the Northern Highlands, offering a heated indoor pool, sauna, crazy golf, and an adventure playground, all set against the backdrop of the stunning Scottish landscape.

For the kids - The park is a paradise for children, featuring a crazy golf course, a heated indoor pool with a separate toddler area, an amusement arcade, and an adventure playground where they can climb, swing, and slide to their heart's content.

What's on-site? Guests can enjoy Spelding’s Lounge Bar for a relaxing drink or meal, and there's a convenience store for essentials. The park also includes an entertainment venue, Costa Coffee, and a launderette. The highlight is the indoor pool complex, complete with a sauna for adults to unwind.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the beautiful beaches of Nairn, just a short drive away, and Loch Ness, where you can search for Nessie or enjoy the scenery (driving time varies). Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the local courses, and there are ample opportunities for hiking and exploring historic sites.

Accommodation options: Nairn Lochloy offers a range of caravans suitable for families and groups, including the Iona and Bute models, which sleep up to 8. While pets aren't allowed, the park is perfect for family stays with plenty of space and amenities.


Grannies Heilan Hame, Argyll

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Grannies Heilan Hame is a family-friendly park in Embo, Argyll, offering a heated indoor pool, spa bath, crazy golf, and an adventure playground, all within the stunning setting of the Northern Highlands.

For the kids - The park is equipped with a multi-sports court, adventure playground, and an amusement arcade, ensuring that the little ones have plenty of options for fun and adventure.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include The Coast Bar & Restaurant, a Fish & Chippery, Costa Coffee, a convenience store, and a launderette. The indoor pool and spa bath provide relaxation, while the entertainment venue hosts family-friendly activities.

What's nearby? Embo Beach is renowned for its beauty and is perfect for seaside activities (driving time varies). Dunrobin Castle and the town of Dornoch offer cultural experiences and historical exploration nearby.

Accommodation options: The park offers a variety of caravans, such as the Maree and Kinord, which sleep up to 8 and include pet-friendly options. Some accommodations also feature verandahs with outdoor furniture for enjoying the Highland air.


Silver Sands Holiday Park, Northern Highlands

Driving Distance: About 0 hours | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Located on the Moray Firth coastline, Silver Sands Holiday Park offers an entertainment complex, indoor heated pool, gym, sauna, and steam room, all within an hour's drive from Inverness.

For the kids - The park includes a children’s club, an outdoor adventure play area, and an amusement arcade, ensuring kids have plenty of activities to keep them entertained.

What's on-site? Guests can enjoy the family entertainment venue, lounge bar, restaurant, and fish and chip shop. The park also offers Wi-Fi access in designated areas and a convenience store for all your holiday needs.

What's nearby? The park is ideally situated for exploring the local sand dunes, rock pools, and wildlife. Nearby attractions include horse riding facilities and scenic walks, with distilleries and castles also within reach (driving time varies).

Accommodation options: Silver Sands provides modern caravans like the Gold Plus 2 and 3, which sleep up to 8 guests. While pet-friendly options are limited, the accommodations offer double glazing, central heating, and quality furnishings.


Family Days Out In Northern Highlands

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, generally 10am-5pm
  • Prices: Adults £23.75, Children £18.60
  • Postcode: PH23 3AJ
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free of charge

Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a hit with families, especially those with energetic kids. It's a mix of nature trails, thrilling rides, and educational exhibits. The park's newest addition, the ‘Dinosaur Kingdom’, is a prehistoric paradise for dino enthusiasts. To avoid crowds, aim for a weekday visit. Tip: Buy tickets online in advance to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 01479 841613 | Web: landmarkpark.co.uk


Highland Wildlife Park

  • Opening Times: 10am-4pm (winter), 10am-6pm (summer)
  • Prices: Adults £17.95, Children £12.95
  • Postcode: PH21 1NL
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, included in ticket price

The Highland Wildlife Park offers a unique safari experience with Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from the world's mountains and tundra. The park's recent addition, the Snow Leopard exhibit, is a must-see. Go early to catch the animals at their most active. Tip: Check feeding times to enhance your visit.

Phone number: 01540 651270 | Web: highlandwildlifepark.org.uk


Fort George

  • Opening Times: 10am-4pm
  • Prices: Adults £9.60, Children £5.80
  • Postcode: IV2 7TD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free for visitors

Fort George is a monumental 18th-century fortress with breathtaking views over the Moray Firth. It's a hit for families who love exploring and learning about military history. The Highlanders' Museum inside the fort is the second-largest regimental museum in Scotland. Visit on a clear day for the best views. Tip: Bring binoculars for dolphin spotting in the firth.

Phone number: 01667 460232 | Web: historicenvironment.scot


Smoo Cave

  • Opening Times: Accessible at all times, boat tours seasonal
  • Prices: Free, boat tours have a charge
  • Postcode: IV27 4QA
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby, short walk to the cave

Smoo Cave is a dramatic and atmospheric sea cave set into the limestone cliffs of Sutherland. It's a natural wonder that's perfect for adventurous families and photographers. The guided boat tour into the watery depths is a highlight when available. Weather can affect accessibility, so check the forecast. Tip: Wear sturdy shoes for the uneven ground.

Web: smoo-cave.org


Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

  • Opening Times: 9:30am-6pm (summer), reduced hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £8.95, Children £5.95
  • Postcode: IV63 6TU
  • Est. time required: 1.5-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, small fee applies

The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition explores the natural history of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend. It's interactive and engaging for all ages. The centre has been updated with the latest sonar findings and theories. Visit mid-morning to avoid the rush. Tip: Combine this with a boat tour on Loch Ness for a full experience.

Phone number: 01456 450573 | Web: lochness.com


Urquhart Castle

  • Opening Times: 9:30am-6pm (summer), shorter hours off-season
  • Prices: Adults £12.00, Children £7.20
  • Postcode: IV63 6XJ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, included in admission

Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, offers a mix of stunning scenery and history. The castle has a visitor centre with exhibits on its past inhabitants and a short film. The ruins are extensive and great for exploring. Late afternoon often has fewer visitors. Tip: Climb the Grant Tower for the best panoramic views of the loch.

Phone number: 01456 450551 | Web: historicenvironment.scot

When planning your trip to the Northern Highlands, consider staying at one of the many holiday parks in the region. They offer comfortable accommodation and are ideally situated to explore these attractions. Whether you're looking for a base to explore the great outdoors or a place with on-site entertainment for the kids, you'll find a holiday park that suits your family's needs.

FAQs

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of adventure and relaxation at holiday parks in the Northern Highlands. Facilities often include swimming pools, play areas, and entertainment venues. Grannie's Heilan' Hame offers direct beach access, while Loch Ness Highland Resort brings you closer to nature with stunning scenery. Accommodations range from cosy caravans to luxury lodges, many with self-catering options.

What should I pack when visiting Northern Highlands?

Pack layers – the weather can be unpredictable! Waterproofs and sturdy shoes are a must for exploring the rugged landscapes. Don't forget your swimsuit for the pool and a camera to capture the breathtaking views. If you're staying at a park like Wildside Highland Lodges, bring binoculars for wildlife spotting.

Is Northern Highlands a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. The landscapes are stunning in autumn and winter, with snow-capped mountains and crisp, clear days. Plus, holiday parks like Brora Caravan Club Site offer a peaceful retreat year-round.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before your arrival for a safe and relaxing experience. Parks such as Kiltarlity Lodges take hygiene seriously, ensuring you can unwind without a worry.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many parks, including Thurston Manor, welcome pets, so your furry friends can join the fun. Always check the park's pet policy before booking, as there may be restrictions on the number of pets or specific accommodations designated for pet owners.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities can usually be done online or at the park's reception. Popular activities can fill up quickly, so it's wise to book in advance. Blairgowrie Holiday Park, for example, offers a range of activities that can be pre-booked for your convenience.

Are there any child-friendly dining options at the holiday parks?

Most parks have on-site restaurants with kid-friendly menus. For instance, Tummel Valley Holiday Park has a restaurant that caters to little ones, ensuring a stress-free dining experience for the whole family.

What emergency services are available at the holiday parks?

Holiday parks are equipped to handle emergencies, with staff trained in first aid and emergency procedures. Contact information for local services is provided, and parks like Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park have clear signage directing you to the nearest medical facilities.

Can I find any local produce or crafts near the holiday parks?

Definitely! The Northern Highlands is rich in local produce and crafts. Check out the on-site shops or nearby markets. Loch Ness Shores is close to local markets where you can find Scottish delicacies and handcrafted goods, perfect for souvenirs.

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