Aberdeen

Footdee

Footdee is a fishing village at the mouth of the Dee in Aberdeen, locally known as Fittie.  Although life here goes back to medieval times, visitors today can wander round the more modern houses set ou in one of the UK’s first planned housing developments  in  1809.  You’ll also see some remaining  “Tarry Sheds” that were once made as extra shacks by the locals from driftwood.  You can’t make a visit to Aberdeen without coming to Fittie – It’s quaint, it’s beautiful and yes, there are a number of caches nearby

Duthie Park and the David Welch winter gardens

A lovingly restored Victorian park next to the River Dee in Aberdeen, Duthie Park has a playground, toy boating lake, bandstand and beautiful landscaped grounds, as well as a few traditional caches and a Cluedo Wherigo cache. If it’s raining the greenhouses of the David Welch winter gardens provide a dry hideaway where you can enjoy exotic plants from around the world. The attractions include the Temperate House, Corridor of Perfumes, Fern House, Victorian Corridor, Japanese Garden, Tropical House and Arid House, which has one of the largest collections of Cacti and Succulents in Britain.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea from prehistory to the hey days of shipbuilding, fishing, whaling and of course the oil industry.

Excellent collections of maritime paintings and objects are utilised to the full in the museum, with touch screen consoles, computer visual databases, an education room and hands-on exhibits.  The museum is free to enter and has a cafe and shop.

Website: https://tinyurl.com/aberdeenmaritime

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

The only Visit Scotland 5-Star Attraction in Aberdeen, the museum tells the extraordinary 200 year story of “the Finest Regiment in the World!

Situated in the fashionable west end of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the former home of leading Scottish artist Sir George Reid, The Gordon Highlanders Museum offers a warm, friendly welcome to all our visitors and is a great day out for the family.

Website: http://www.gordonhighlanders.com

North Coast

Macduff Aquarium

Situated on the north coast the aquarium showcases the marine and coastal life of the north east of Scotland. The fish in the unique deep sea kelp forest exhibit are hand fed daily by a team of scuba divers. There are talks and interactive hands-on sessions with coastal wildlife which are sure to keep the children amused.

Website: http://www.macduff-aquarium.org.uk/

Peterhead Prison Museum

Step back in time when you visit the former “H.M. Convict Prison, Peterhead” which officially opened in 1888 and held prisoners until 2013.  It opened as a museum in June 2016.

For the “inside story” of those brave personnel that staffed the first convict prison in Scotland from August 1888 to December 2013 what better way to learn than to visit and interact with guides in period costumes and see the cells and other key components of this complex that is known worldwide.

Website: http://peterheadprisonmuseum.com/

Fraserburgh Lighthouse Exhibition

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is based in the bustling fishing port of Fraserburgh on the North East corner of Aberdeenshire. It’s all here; Kinnaird Head Lighthouse – the very first lighthouse on mainland Scotland (1787), Kinnaird Head Castle containing the lighthouse and the purpose-built museum alongside. The museum tells the great story of the Northern Lighthouse Board, the engineers who built the lights and the keepers who tended them.

Website: http://lighthousemuseum.org.uk/

East Coast

Stonehaven Outdoor Pool

This Olympic sized heated open air pool is the most northerly lido in the UK and is always warm no matter what the air temperature is – as they say, “Cool when it’s hot… Fun when it’s not!” The pool offers the usual children’s sessions and lane swimming sessions but also midnight swims where you can swim beneath the stars to music!  We can’t mention this place without telling you about the Aqua Ceilidh that takes place during the Stonehaven Folk Festival which runs during the first to second weekend in July.  Take part in the “Splashing White Sergeant” and “Drip the Willow” complete with dance caller and ceilidh band!

Aberdeenshire

Stone Circles

If prehistory is your thing, then you will be spoiled with a trip to Aberdeenshire.  The whole area is scattered with cairns, soutterains, Pictish Symbol Stones, barrows, standing stones and of course stone circles.  Aberdeenshire has its own special stone circle known as “recumbent” where a massive recumbent stone lies between two upright flankers – generally towards the southwest of the circle.  These were built by our ancestors during the Neolithic and early Bronze age and are thought to be calendars used to view the rising moon at certain times of the year.  East Aquhorthies, Daviot, Tomnaverie and Aikey Brae are wonderful examples of these circles – and of course each of these circles have geocaches close by!