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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

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to North East Mountaineering

  2. Gradings

    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.

  3. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  4. Kildrummy Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Mossat

    Discover the imposing 13th century stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

  5. Craigievar Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Alford

    Found in the picturesque Aberdeenshire countryside, Craigievar Castle sits 20 miles south west of Inverurie.

  6. Kool Kidz Play Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    Insch

    Welcome to Kool Kidz Play Centre

  7. The Scottish Dolphin Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    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.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Alford

    Enjoy a treasure house of transport history at the Grampian Transport Museum.

  9. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    The Museum is a 5-star Visit Scotland attraction and tells the compelling and dramatic 200 year story of the Gordon Highlanders from the Napoleonic Wars to the modern day, using spectacular displays, film and the passion and knowledge of our guides

  10. Loch Muick Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ballater

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

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