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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. Mar Lodge Estate

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Braemar

    This large estate is part of the core area of the Cairngorms, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles.

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    Banff

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

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    Fraserburgh

    Discover four centuries of local history at the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, a family friendly attraction in Aberdeenshire.

  4. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop

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    Children's Attractions

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    4 Activity Centre

    Inverurie

    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

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    Alford

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

  6. Dunnottar Castle

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    Castles

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    Stonehaven

    A romantic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, perched on a giant conglomorate on the edge of the North-Sea. Once seen - never forgotten.

  7. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Pennan

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

  8. White Swan Gallery

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Aberdeen

    Fuelled by my love of art and poetry, I've worked hard to establish my very own gallery. A place where I can relay my passion for contemporary art and poetry to a wider audience.

  9. Tolquhon Castle

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    Castles

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    Pitmedden

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

  10. Craigievar Castle

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    Castles

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    Alford

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

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