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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


    North East Mountaineering is a professional adventure activity provider owned and operated by Duncan Paterson.

  2. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 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.

  3. Kildrummy Castle




    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    Discover the imposing 13th century stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

  4. Haddo House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


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    4 Historic House


    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.

  5. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    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.

  6. Formartine's Visitor Centre


    Food & Drink Attraction


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    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

  7. Loch Muick Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Loch Muick Reserve is located 8 miles south west of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, and is part of the Balmoral Estate.

  8. White Swan Gallery


    Arts & Crafts



    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. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


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

  10. Glen Tanar


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Glen Tanar provides a great opportunity to explore Scotland's classic Caledonian pine forest in search of its elusive wildlife.


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