Family days out in Aberdeen City and Shire

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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. Music Hall

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    Venues

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    Aberdeen

    Since 1822, the Music Hall has been the heart of the concert and community life in the north east of Scotland.

  2. Duff House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Banff

    Duff House is the premier outstation of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a collection of fine paintings and furniture.

  3. Balmakewan House Farm Shop

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Turriff

    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.

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    Peterhead

    Set up to safeguard the heritage of the former fishing village of Buchanhaven the Heritage Centre is now the focal point for change and supports evening classes on a wide range of subjects along with art,crafts and performing arts events.

  6. Willows Animal Sanctuary

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifetime home for over 300 rescued horses and other animals.

  7. Tolquhon Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Pitmedden

    Explore the impressive ruins of this fairytale castle set in the stunning Grampian countryside.

  8. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  9. Loch Muick Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ballater

    Loch Muick Reserve is located 8 miles south west of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, and is part of the Balmoral Estate.

  10. Kool Kidz Play Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    Insch

    Welcome to Kool Kidz Play Centre

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