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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

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    4 Museum

    Alford

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

  2. Formartine's Visitor Centre

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Ellon

    Come and experience the best of Aberdeenshire. Delicious fine foods and local produce can be bought in our food hall or sampled in our eatery. Kids can have fun in our outdoor playground and the whole family can enjoy the fresh on our woodland walks

  3. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Ballater

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

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

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

  5. Peacock Visual Arts

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    Galleries

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    Aberdeen

    Peacock Visual Arts is the leading contemporary visual arts organisation in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland.

  6. The Butterworth Gallery

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    Galleries

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Aboyne

    Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie is situated on Royal Deeside between Banchory and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

  7. WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 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.

  8. Forvie National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Ellon

    The beauty of the sand dunes at Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR) is complemented by the call of eider ducks, wafting across the Ythan estuary.

  9. Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Ellon

    Welcome to Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services.

  10. Gradings

    Fraserburgh

    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.

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