The Complete Guide to Free Attractions in Aberdeenshire and Moray

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Free attractions in Aberdeenshire and Moray

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  1. Aberdeen Art Gallery (behind marker 8)
  2. Aberdeen Maritime Museum (behind marker 8)
  3. Aberdeen Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden (behind marker 8)
  4. Balmedie Country Park
  5. Fraserburgh Esplanade
  6. Cairngorms National Park
  7. Cruden Bay
  8. Duthie Park
  9. Logie Estate
  10. (A) Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve
  11. (B) Nairn Beach

If you’d like to discover even more places to visit take a look at my Scottish Tourist Attractions Map – but don’t forget to check my Weather Forecast Map before you leave home.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

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

Opening Times: See website for details.

Tel Number: 03000 200293

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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.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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

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

Tel Number: +44 (0) 1224 337700

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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

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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.

Cairngorms National Park

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Address: Cairngorms National Park

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01479 873535

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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.

Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

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Address: Dinnet, Aboyne AB34 5NB

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01339 881667

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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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Free Attractions Aberdeenshire

By Craig Neil

Scotland travel writer and specialist 360° photographer. Founder of the Out About Scotland travel website and Vartour virtual tours.