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  • View up to Craigievar Castle in the autumn with leaves lying on the ground
    Craigievar Castle
  • The David Welch Winter Garden, Aberdeen
    The David Welch Winter Garden, Aberdeen
  • The exterior of Provost Skene's House in the city centre of Aberdeen
    Provost Skene's House in the city centre of Aberdeen
  • A young spectator and Highland Cow calf at the Turriff Show, one of the biggest agricultural events in Scotland
    The Turriff Show, one of the biggest agricultural events in Scotland

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Aberdeen City and Shire. From ancient castles and wildlife reserves to country parks and more you’ll find great things to see and do across the region.

Home to an impressive 300 castles and Scotland’s only Castle Trail, Aberdeenshire clearly lives up to its epic title of ‘Castle Country’. Whether you want to see fairytale castles, historic ruins, elegant decor or dark fortresses, you'll find them here.

For those looking for a short, but scenic walk then why not choose a short forest trail or in Aberdeen city, take a stroll around Old Aberdeen and then down to the beachfront?

Whilst in Aberdeen, why not take advantage of free entry into Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum or the fascinating Provost Skene’s House? You can also learn the incredible story of one of the British Army’s most famous regiments at The Gordon Highlanders Museum. All are located within the city centre.

For a relaxing afternoon with the kids then head to the David Welch Winter Gardens. Based in Duthie Park, the 19th century Winter Gardens offers striking and colourful floral displays with exotic plants from across the world, flourishing in one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens.

The city is also home to Satrosphere, Scotland’s first science and discovery centre. With over 50 interactive and engaging hands-on exhibits and live science shows, you and your family will discover more about the world around you and the science of how things work. A great fun and educational day out!

Use the listings to plan fun family days out in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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  1. Gradings


    Built for the Fraser family, this fine 16th-century castle was altered in 1787 to incorporate the first lighthouse built by the Commissioners of the Northern Lighthouses.

  2. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

  4. Pitmedden Garden


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Enjoy the spectacle of the Great Garden, with over 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer months.

  5. Gradings


    Welcome to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre - the largest conference centre and arena in the North-east!

  6. The Scottish Dolphin Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    With free entry, a visit to the WDC, Scottish Dolphin Centre is a great day out and gives you the chance to meet the WDC team and find out how you can support their work to protect Scotland's whales and dolphins.

  7. Gradings


    Go behind the scenes at the museum, and visit Aberdeenshire Museum Service's headquarters.

  8. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    Dating from about 1050, Delgatie is a uniquely Scottish Castle. It is the home of the late Captain and Mrs Hay of Delgatie, and is the Clan Hay Centre.

  10. Haddo House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


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    4 Historic House


    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.


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