The Top 5 Family-Friendly Activities at Highland Safaris

A visit to Highland Safaris with the family is like stepping into a real-life adventure book. Enjoy incredible wildlife encounters, thrilling off-road safaris and spectacular landscapes, perfect for every age.

The epic off-road safaris traverse the wild and rugged Perthshire Hills. Our Kilted Safari Rangers control the wheel and navigate the challenging terrain with the utmost skill and enthusiasm. Buckle up and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Perhaps the most famous residents at Highland Safaris are our majestic red deer. Get up close to these wonderful creatures at the Red Deer Centre and discover everything there is to know about them.

There’s lots more on offer too, with fun outdoor activities including Gold Panning, a kid's Play Park and Discovery Trail. When you need to rest and refresh, the cafe is the perfect retreat.

With so much on offer it’s the ideal destination for families, let’s jump in and explore our top 5 family-friendly activities.

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Wildlife watching on a Mini Safari

A quick, action-packed adventure for those who want a taste of the wild Scottish Highlands. Our Mini Safaris are a rollercoaster of excitement in a compact 90 minutes.

Hop aboard your sturdy 4x4 vehicle and zoom into the heart of the rugged and wild terrain. As you bounce over hills and splash through streams, our Safari Rangers will give you the full lowdown on the region’s native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Along the way, you might spot red deer, the elusive mountain hare, the famous grouse or soaring golden eagles, so keep your eyes peeled. Make sure to have your camera close for amazing photo opportunities.

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Mini Land Rovers

Picture the scene behind the wheel of your own Mini Land Rover navigating Highland terrain. The winds in your hair and you’re showcasing your driving talents. What’s not to love?

These pint-sized powerhouses are replicas of the iconic off-road vehicles and perfect for kids (big and small). Though it’s a mini vehicle, the adventure is anything but. The excitement is maxed out, promising lasting happy memories.

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Red Deer Centre (Deer Experience, Playpark and Discovery Trail)

A visit to the Red Deer Centre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, Britain's largest native land animal.

From the shelter of The Red Deer Barn stroke, feed and photograph the tame herd in the care of our knowledgeable Safari Ranger. Discover their fascinating habits and quirky personalities, as well as the ongoing conservation efforts and challenges. The interactive displays provide more insights and play opportunities. Beyond red deer, you'll meet other native wildlife including the Barn Owl.

The Discovery Trail is designed to inspire kids and adults to learn about the area's fascinating geology and history, with sensational vistas en route. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of red deer from the lookout viewing platform and enjoy views of Scotland’s longest glen.

The playpark next to the barn is perfect for young children. Ride static tractors, and enjoy the swings, slide, and sand pit.

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Gold Panning

Highland Safaris is the only place in Scotland to pan for gold and semi-precious gems. This fun activity beckons treasure seekers of all ages, ideal for the entire family to enjoy, in their search of a golden nugget.

With a trusty pan in hand, sift, scoop and swirl through gravel and sand in the glistening River Tummel, hoping for a glimmer of gold. We supply the necessary equipment and provide a short demonstration before sharing tales of Scotland's gold rush days, offering a glimpse into the region's heritage.

Gold panning is a mix of learning and thrill-seeking, and you might just hit the jackpot.

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Axe Throwing and Archery

Step into the world of axe throwing, where the fun knows no age. Embrace your inner Viking with a 50-minute session of thrilling bullseye action. Learn the ancient art, perfect your aim, and unleash your inner axe-throwing champ, under expert guidance. Perfect for adventurers 12 years and up. Get ready to make history!

Our 50-minute archery session is an unforgettable journey into the age-old practice of bow and arrow. Discover your inner Robin Hood, and master the art of arrow nocking, drawing the bowstring and hitting the target with precision. This 50 minute session is ideal for children aged 6 and up.

With such a fantastic array of outdoor activities available, there really is something for the entire family to enjoy at Highland Safaris.

Book your activity on the website (excludes Mini Landrovers, which can only be booked on the day at The Lodge)

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