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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. 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.

  2. Corgarff Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Strathdon

    Corgarff Castle, dating back from the 16th century, sits in the tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside.

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    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Alford

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Aberdeen

    The Maggie Law Maritime Museum sits in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon, one of the few remaining working harbours on this coastline. The centrepiece of the Museum is the old inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law.

  9. Castle Fraser

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Kemnay

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen is the stunning Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses.

  10. Balmoral Castle

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    Castles

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Balmoral

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