Six of the Best Outdoor Spring Activities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

During the past year it has been a tough challenge trying to keep the entire family entertained indoors. But with the sun starting to shine and restrictions beginning to ease, brush the cobwebs off your walking boots and start planning your weekend activities.  

Step into spring with these local activities that will be sure to burn off excess energy, while sticking to both a budget and level 3 Scottish Government Guidelines.

Dunnottar Castle

Less than a 20-minute drive from Chapelton, the cliffs at Dunnottar Castle offer one of Scotland’s most truly dramatic and beautiful views. Steeped in history and with plenty of local beaches to explore, Dunnottar Castle is great way to get the kids excited about a day out of the house.

Aberdeen Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Discover Aberdeen like you have never seen before on a self-guided Spy Mission treasure trail! Get your magnifying glass out and solve tricky clues set on existing buildings and monuments to crack a code and complete the mission! A must-do for families, you can get out and about exploring Aberdeen for just £10.

Chapelton Trail

Did you know that we have our very own trail around Chapelton? You can follow a one hour marked walk through diverse scenery and wildlife habitats. The Chapelton trail has been used by many over lockdown as people use the area to exercise and socialise. You can download our Chapelton trail map here.

Dolphin spotting

You don’t need to venture abroad to Spain or Australia to spot dolphins…you can find them right here in Aberdeen. Visit Aberdeen Harbour to see urban dolphins jumping out of the water. You might even be able to spot sunbathing seals at Newburgh Beach if you make the trip.

Crathes Castle

We’ve got good news for history buffs as the beautiful Crathes Castle is due to re-open on 30 April. Explore the wonderful 16th-century castle with its intricate towers and turrets.

Crathes Castle is the perfect location for a family day out – take a stroll through the idyllic walled gardens and spot wildlife such as deer, red squirrels, and woodpeckers…it’ll be a day to remember! For opening times and entry prices, check the National Trust for Scotland website first.

Chapelton Farmers’ Market

You don’t have to venture far from home to enjoy a day out! Come along to our first Farmers’ Market of the year on Sunday 23rd May. Hosted outdoors in Burgess Park, the event boasts over 25 stalls with a range of produce and items from local suppliers as well as hot food to take away.

The farmers’ market is open 11am-2:30pm.

Highland Coos!

Why not pay a visit to the wonderful herd of Highland cattle that graze in the grounds of Meldrum House? Whilst the house is closed to the public, visitors can visit the grounds and wave hello to the coos! Remember not to touch them or get too close – they’re not as cuddly as they might look!

Whatever the weather, there are plenty of places to visit over summer as lockdown restrictions ease in Scotland. Why not visit our Facebook page and tell us your favourite local trip?

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