Family Fun in and around Royal Deeside these October Holidays

Looking for things to do with the family over the school holidays? Yes then read on….

Here are our suggestions for fun ideas to do in and around Royal Deeside most of which are even Free!

Crathes Castle - photo by Jim Henderson
Take a picnic, visit a Castle grounds, walk, play & search for wildlife. Choose from our Royal Deeside Passportour participating castles Braemar Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and the many more on the Castle Trail.


Burn O'Vat - photo by Jim Henderson

Visit the Burn O Vat at Muir of Dinnet, find & explore the hidden cave behind waterfall. 
Cycle along the Deeside Way, Tarland Trails or try a Mountain Trail if experienced.
Need to Hire a bike then visit & show your Royal Deeside PassporTour savings to Cyclehighlands in Ballater
Geocaching, explore the area for hidden treasure. Visit www. to get started. Keen to learn more then why not try the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour, don't forget to download your passport and send to VisitAberdeenshire to collect your GeoTour Coin.
Visit Belwade Farm, a horse sanctuary, with its very own stone circle and fairy garden, along with bistro. Enjoy a farm tour or any of the October events. Find out more with their Facebook Page.
Take visit to Braemar and enjoy the Braemar Creative Arts Festival 18th Oct - 22nd Oct Go Troll hunting or take a gentle stroll and feed the ducks at the duck pond.

Dess Falls - photo by Jim Henderson

Walk the Deeside Way all, or just a section. (Maps of walking routes via a Visit Scotland Tourist Information Centre- there may be a charge for some of these) check out more at

Discover Deeside Augmented Trail

Feeling that you need to explore the area with an app and augmented reality? then why not download Discover Deeside and walking in the footsteps of Queen Victoria around Ballater and Macbeth in Lumphanan

The famous Aberdeen Angus Bull - photo by Gippsy Granny

Take a trip, home to the Statue of the famous Aberdeen Angus Bull or visit Haughton Park, great for families, play equipment, with BBQ & picnic areas. Read more from Gippsy Granny and their day out in Alford. Want to learn more about the history of Aberdeen Angus then Click Here.
Get back to nature at one of the nature & wildlife visitor centers at Loch Muick, Muir of Dinnet and Glen Tanar or further afield at St Cyrus & Forvie beaches. 
(All the above activities are free to do, although there may some car parking charges or a request for a donation)

Family Fun with Entrance Fees Applicable 

Check out the Dry Ski slopes, Alford & Garthdee for tubing as well as the obvious. *
Take a trip on a train at Milton of Crathes (check operational times). *
Explore, learn and enjoy both Grampian Transport Museum and Heritage centre in Alford.*
For the older child - Go Ape - Tree climbing adventures at Crathes *
Paintballing experiences at Battle Grounds *
Or for the budding race driver, try Go- Karting at Deeside Activity Park * 
Special October Holiday Rates Available at Deeside Activity Park
(*Advisable to check opening hours/operational times)
Find out more great things to do with the latest magazine from Raring to Go Aberdeen City & Shire or follow them on Facebook.


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