I've read lots of info from the other posts, but I thought I would post my own to hopefully get some specific advice. We (me, my wife, and our three boys - 7, 5 & 4 years old) are heading to Ardclach near Nairn in May for a weeks holiday.
We do have a limited budget, but a few things we have planned to do is 1. dolphin watching, 2. swimming at Inverness leisure pool and 3. Loch Ness. For the dolphin watching I think Gemini Marine Tours in Buckie looks the best, but it is over an hour away, so if there is a better tour closer, I'd be open to ideas.
Obviously with a limited budget, I would be open to suggestions of low cost ideas. As a family we are more up for wildlife/natural wonders rather than historical stuff - especially with our kids attention span! Any particularly amazing natural wonders in the area? Beautiful forests, lochs etc?
Nairn will probably be a main area for us - the beach is supposed to be one of the best there, right? Anything else worth seeing in Nairn?
I am also interested in any local breweries to pick up so local beers (not really a whisky man!). I've seen the Black Isle brewery looks interesting. Any others?
Also...Northern Lights - a long shot?
Thank you to anyone who offers any information. We are really looking forward to our holiday. My wife and I went as far as Edinburgh on our honeymoon, but this is the first time for our kids and that far NORTH!!!