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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. Loch Muick Reserve

    Type

    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.

  2. Balvenie Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Huntly

    Balvenie Castle is a ruined castle near Dufftown in the north of Aberdeenshire.

  3. Music Hall

    Type

    Venues

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

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

  4. WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation has two wildlife centres in Scotland, the Scottish Dolphin Centre located at Spey Bay in Moray and the Dolphin and Seal Centre in North Kessock. Both are free to visit.

  5. Milton Art Gallery

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Banchory

    The gallery specialises in showing original art and high quality crafts, all produced locally by highly skilled artists and craftsmen.

  6. Troup Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pennan

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

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Relive the story of Aberdeenshire’s famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.

  8. Gradings

    Ellon

    Welcome to Tarves Heritage Museum

  9. Banchory Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Banchory

    Banchory Museum has displays relating to local history, especially the life of Banchory born musician and composer James Scott Skinner - the Strathspey King.

  10. Wynford Farm

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Aberdeen City and Shire

    Welcome to Wynford Farm

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