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Aberdeen Art Gallery

Address: Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ

Opening Times: See website for details.

Tel Number: 03000 200293

Email Address: info@aagm.co.uk

Website: Aberdeen Art Gallery

About: Aberdeen Art Gallery is a world-class visitor attraction that celebrates the inspiring power of art and music for locals and visitors alike. The collection is one of the largest in Scotland and offers something of interest for art lovers of all ages.

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Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Address: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon – 3pm

Tel Number: +44 (0) 1224 337700

Email Address: info@aagm.co.uk

Website: Aberdeen Maritime Museum

About: Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea through a diverse collection of artefacts, informative displays and photographs. It houses a unique collection of memorabilia covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history.

Aberdeen Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden

Address: Tillydrone Ave, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ

Opening Times: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Tel Number: 01224 274330

Email Address: biodiversity@abdn.ac.uk

Website: Aberdeen Botanic Gardens

About: The museum’s displays are worldwide in scope, from protozoa to the great whales and includes taxidermy, skeletons, study skins, fluid-preserved specimens and models.

Balmedie Country Park

Address: Balmedie, AB23 8XG

Opening Times: The park is open during daylight hours every day of the year.

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Website: Balmedie Country Park

About: Balmedie Country park is part of a dune system that stretches 14 miles from Aberdeen to just north of the mouth of the River Ythan at Newburgh. The golden sand beach has won a number of awards including a National Seaside Award in 2016.

Fraserburgh Esplanade

Address: AB43 8TL. The Esplanade can be reached via the A90 turning off to the East on Harbour Road.

Opening Times: Open year-round.

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Website: Fraserburgh Esplanade

About: Fraserburgh Bay is a 4 km inlet of the North Sea on the Buchan coast that boasts golden sands and is a popular location for water-sports, as well as walking and family outings.

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Cairngorms National Park

Address: Cairngorms National Park

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01479 873535

Email Address: enquiries@cairngorms.co.uk

Website: Cairngorms National Park

About: The Cairngorms National Park is a vast area of outstanding natural beauty that caters to every interest, from long walks along mountainous trails to relaxing afternoons on loch-side beaches. The area is rich in wildlife and is popular with cyclists and hikers.

Cruden Bay

Address: AB42 0NN. Head north from Aberdeen by car via the A90.

Opening Times: Open year-round.

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Website: Cruden Bay

About: Cruden Bay is a firm favourite with tourists thanks to its sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters and quaint fishing harbour. There is a golf club, an ancient castle, and steep cliffs with nesting puffins in the area.

Duthie Park

Address: Duthie Park, Polmuir Road, Aberdeen

Opening Times: 8am until 1 hour before dusk.

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Website: Duthie Park

About: Duthie Park is a beautiful park located close to the city centre which opened in 1883. It features mature deciduous and evergreen trees, stunning flower beds, wide-open spaces, an ornamental pond and a wetland area.

Logie Estate

Address: Logie Estate, Logie, Forres, Moray, IV36 2QN

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01667 458900

Email Address: N/A

Website: Logie Estate

About: Logie Estate offers opportunities for salmon fishing on the River Findhorn as well as several walks by the river and through Logie House Gardens. The gardens include a playground, café and artisan shops.

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Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

Address: Dinnet, Aboyne AB34 5NB

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01339 881667

Email Address: nnr@snh.gov.uk

Website: Muir of Dinnet nature Reserve

About: The Muir of Dinnet blends woodland, heath, and open water, all on one site. You can wander through birch woodlands, see beautiful damselflies and enjoy peace and tranquillity in the crystal-clear water of the lochs.

Nairn Beach

Address: Nairn, The Highlands, IV12 9AE

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01667 342042

Email Address: N/A

Website: Nairn Beach

About: Nairn’s sandy beach makes for the perfect family holiday with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy with clean sand, promenade walks, a putting green, a leisure park, and a swimming pool to name a few.

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If you’d like to find free attractions in the Highlands take a look at this article: Free Attractions in The Scottish Highlands.

More free places to visit in Scotland

  • Princes Street Gardens – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh is one of the largest public spaces in the city. Originally a body of water called the Nor Loch, the gardens were designed in the 1770s but weren’t created until 1820 when the loch was drained. Today, the gardens are a popular recreational area that features a number of popular landmarks including The Scott Monument, The Ross Fountain and The Ross Bandstand.
  • Brodick – Isle of Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, located on the west coast of Scotland. Brodick lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain. It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.
  • Arran Forest Walks: Complete Visitor Guide
    The forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.
  • The Arran Coastal Way: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.
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