What to do in Inverness this October half term

Family activities to enjoy this October half-term break

Not sure what to do in Inverness during the October half-term break? With so much to see and do in the Highlands with the wee ones, we’ve picked out some of our favourite activities. Find more with our Family Attractions Guide.

So, take advantage of our October Half Term Break offer and get away with the family to Inverness

Walk The Ness Islands Walk

Searching for bugs and exploring new trails is a great way to keep the wee ones entertained for hours. So grab your wellies, pack your camera and head to Ness Islands. The Ness Islands is a fabulous group of islands tethered together by a network of old Victorian suspension bridges, like one giant adventure puzzle slap bang in the middle of the River Ness. Suitable for all ages (and dare we say it, all fitness levels), a walk around Ness Islands will take you on a scenic journey of breathtaking views and Highland wilderness amidst the bustling Inverness city. Look out for the wooden Nessie!

Nessie sculpture in the Ness Islands
Explore the wildlife and nature of the Ness Islands, a tranquil spot in Inverness city centre.

Win The Day At Whin Park

With 4 separate outdoor areas, a boating pond, not to mention slides, swings, rope climbs and zip lines, Whin Park is the largest outdoor park and free children’s play area in Inverness. Ideal for big kids and little kids alike, paddling across the boating pond or enjoying ice creams in the park when the sun is out is the perfect way to enjoy precious moments as a family.

Duck swimming in a pond in the park
Whin Park in Inverness is a great place for feeding the ducks on the boating pond.

All Aboard The Ness Island Railway

And while you’re at Whin Park, hop on board the Ness Islands Railway. This picturesque miniature railway will take you on a half-mile train ride through Whin Park. An open-to-the-elements expedition on a miniature locomotive means weather-appropriate clothes are necessary.

The engine Uncle Frank towing the carriages on Ness Islands Miniature Railway
Catch the miniature train around the park on the Ness Islands Railway.

Explore Inverness Botanic Gardens

At this time of year, as the autumnal colours sweep across the city, Inverness Botanic Gardens is a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. They sometimes have special events on for the kids during half term, including Halloween trails and activities. Check their Facebook page for details.

Cactus House at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Explore the prickly Cactus House at Inverness Botanic Gardens

See it like Nessie

While you’re enjoying the views of Loch Ness from the side, why not get a unique picture and take your family on a Loch Ness Cruise. Not only will you get a great view of the rolling hills and the beautiful water, you will also get to see Urquhart Castle from its best angle. If you feel like getting a little bit closer to the water when you visit Inverness, you can also see the loch from a canoe and paddle along at your own pace.

Boat on Loch Ness near Urquhart Castle
There’s no better way to explore Loch Ness than out on the water.

Dive with the dolphins

If the natural adventure has the kid’s wellington boots a little muddy, the perfect trip to refresh is on a dolphin-spotting cruise. Sail across the water in search of nature’s most captivating animal, the dolphin. Turn your trip into a competitive family adventure and tell the little ones there is a prize for the most dolphins spotted, then just sit back and watch the adventure blossom. Credited as one of the best things to do in Inverness, a day with the dolphins is sure to make a memorable memory to stay with the kids for a lifetime. Book a trip with Dolphin Trips Avoch or Dolphin Spirit Inverness.

Dolphins in Scotland leaping out of the water
Spot dolphins and other wildlife off the coast with an Inverness boat trip.

And finally, back at The Kingsmills…

Of course, one of the most delightful things to do in Inverness on a Highland getaway is simply to take in the scenery. Enjoy a family stroll across the fields and trails of the beautiful, idyllic Inverness. At the Kingsmills Hotel, our luxury family breaks offer you the perfect stay, with spacious family rooms, a choice of restaurants, swimming pool and leisure facilities. So, when it comes to a family getaway, the luxury of Kingsmills Hotel is the ideal choice. Check out our Inverness October Half Term Break offer and book today!