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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. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

  2. Pitmedden Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Pitmedden

    Enjoy the spectacle of the Great Garden, with over 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer months.

  3. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  4. Tolquhon Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Pitmedden

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

  5. Dunnottar Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    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.

  6. Forvie National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    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.

  7. Craigievar Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    • 3 Castle
    3 Castle

    Alford

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

  8. Gradings

    Ellon

    Welcome to Tarves Heritage Museum

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    The regimental museum of the Gordon Highlanders boasts a fascinating collection, housed in the former home of artist Sir George Reid.

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