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- Duthie Park is 44 acres (180,000 m2) located in Aberdeen by the banks of the River Dee. The park was given to the council in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain (second to the Eden Project in Cornwall, England). Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969.
- Aberdeen Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest in Scotland with the first being built on the North Pier in 1802. The crews here have been saving lives for over 200 years whether in the ocean or during floods inland. They have received 26 awards for gallantry! Aberdeen is an Observe station and has no access to the public as it is within the secure industrial harbour area. Visit by appointment only.
- Drum Castle is one of the oldest in Scotland and has enjoyed housing 24 generations of the Irvine family for over 6 centuries! It was given to the National Trust of Scotland in 1975 by the last Laird of Drum. Just 8 miles from Aberdeen the castle overlooks the River Dee and has 3 different architectural styles – medieval, Jacobean and Victorian! The medieval tower was built way back in teh 13th Century with the Jacobean mansion added in 1619 and the Victorian part in 1872. Inside are memories from the past including portraits, furniture and vaulted ceilings decorated with shields in the great hall. There are huge grounds attached to the castle and beautiful gardens and in the 1930’s a golf course was added and a stunning Pond Garden was built by the Trust. The Garden of Historic Roses was opened by the trust in 1991 to mark the castle’s Diamond Jubilee. Divided into four quadrants, each has a design from one of the last four centuries and roses from that period. Drum Castle is open for tours and available for weddings and corporate hire.
- Victoria Park is five hectares with grass open spaces, plenty of flowers, shrubs, Rhododendron Dell and deciduous trees. The park was opened to the public in 1871 and is named after Queen Victoria. In the middle of the park is a fountain made of fourteen different granites from local quarries that was presented to the citizens of the city by the Granite Polishers and Master Builders of Aberdeen.
- Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of Aberdeen’s most popular tourist attractions. An attractive example of late 19th century architecture, it houses one of the finest art collections in Britain with paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the present day. Gallery Shop, Gallery Cafe, Creche Services and Wi-Fi at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Aberdeen Art Gallery has disabled access. Pushchairs are available for small children. Guide dogs are admitted.
- Castle Fraser was built in 1575 and is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. The present castle contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and many Fraser family portraits. There are fantastic views of Bennachie from the top of the tower and you can walk through the beautiful gardens including the walled garden and woodland. The castle has its own secrets like the Laird’s Lug, a spy hole, a wooden leg and hidden trapdoors in the floor to secret staircases! Homemade treats and lunches are baked in the traditional Victorian kitchen and there is a shop for souvenirs and dogs are welcome in the grounds. The children’s Woodland Secrets play area is an enchanting wooded area with a tepee, bamboo snake walk, giant xylophone and lots of other areas for children to hide and climb. The whole children’s area is built from natural materials and is therefore very environmentally friendly. There is access to this area by wheelchairs and pushchairs. The scented walled garden is accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs. Printed room guides are available. The ground floor of the castle is accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs, and although the rest of the castle is not accessible there is a detailed photo album in the reception area where visitors can look at the upper-floor rooms in more detail. There are disabled toilets in the courtyard near the shop and tearoom, which are accessible for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. Disabled parking is available near the front of the castle. The castle is open daily all year round.
- Glen Garioch Distillery is renown for its light clean malt that has spice and peat to give it body. The area the distillery stands in is known as ‘The granary’ as it’s a fertile area in the valley of the Garioch and is famous for producing the best barley in all of Scotland. The distillery is on the edge of Oldmeldrum and has been operating since 1794. Guided tours are on the hour from Monday to Friday and include a small tasting too!Gift shop Car Parking Toilets Wheelchair access
- Blairs Museum was originally within Blairs College where it stayed for 157 years. Here, articles that pertain to Scotland’s Catholic heritage are stored and include renown works of art – textiles, paintings, silver and memorabilia – donated over the years by priests, friends, bishops and Scots Colleges. It is a rara and wellworth seeing collection of religious heritage. Today, Blairs Museum gives visitors a unique insight into Scotland’s Catholic heritage, providing an enjoyable, memorable, and inspiring experience for all. Highlights include:Paintings Sacred Silver and Gold Church Textiles