Lecht Ski Centre - Strathdon - AB36 8YP

The Lecht Activity Centre is situated in the heart of Scotland’s largest National Park at the top of the pass between Tomintoul and Strathdon. This natural playground offers exciting outdoor activities for both the summer and winter seasons and the local staff are keen to make sure you have an enjoyable day out on the hills.

Winter activities are ideal for all levels of skiers and snowboarders but especially good for beginners and intermediates. A total 12 different lifts, including a 3 person chairlift and a magic carpet travelator which get novices going on day one.  All equipment and clothing can be hired on site, equipment can be booked on line, the ski school can develop your skills from basic to racers and all in a safe environment close to the beautiful purpose built day lodge, which houses cafe, bar, ticket office, shop, ski hire, toilets all under one roof.  



Glenshee Ski Centre - Braemar

Glenshee Ski Centre is the largest ski resort in Scotland and is sometimes referred to as the Scottish three valleys. There are 22 lifts and 36 runs on offer!

There are lots of options to choose from - you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of our great value package deals.

Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre

Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre is Britain's only purpose-built all-weather facility for cross-country skiing, providing tuition at all levels from novice to elite.

When there is good snow cover, skis are available to hire by the day. When we have no snow you can try skiing on our all weather tracks, tubing on the downhill mat, or hire a bike for the day to explore the local roads and forests.

Storybook Glen - Aberdeen

Storybook Glen is a children's theme park primarily aimed at younger children. It is a magical world of make-believe with more than 100 nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters and lots of fun for children.

Storybook Glen is set in 28 acres of spectacular scenic beauty on Royal Deeside with exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairy tale houses that many adults will also enjoy.

Codonas Amusement Park - Aberdeen

Codonas Amusement Park - Aberdeen has a number of indoor and outdoor rides and attractions including rollercoasters, crazy train, log flume, swinging galleon, haunted mansion, giant slide, dodgems, adventure golf, kids adventureland, pool tables etc.

Lochter Activity Centre

Lochter Activity Centre Activities include: Karting, Obstacle Driving, 4x4 Blindfold Off Road Driving, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Segway safari, Archery, Rifle Target Shooting, Mini Highland Games, Target Golf, Loch Trout Fly Fishing, Digger Driving, Sumo Wrestling, Zorbing, Mystery Activities / Raft Building, Devil's Dare Zip Slide & Climbing

Satrosphere Science Centre

Satrosphere Science Centre is a hands-on science and discovery centre with over 50 exhibits, live shows and a regular event schedule throughout the year. The aim of the centre is to inspire youngsters into becoming the scientists of tomorrow.

Deeside Activity Park

The centre offers a wide range of activities including Archery, clay pigeon shooting, digger driving, kart racing, treasure hunts, orienteering, paintball, quad bikes etc. The centre also has 3 self catering cottages within the grounds that could be used for a base to go walking, cycling, fishing or just a family break.

Bedlam Paintball games - Aberdeen

Bedlam Paintball games in Aberdeen have purpose-built facility and offer the best paintball in the north of Scotland. Set deep in the Edzell Woods you may suddenly find yourself facing a grim, fortified tower; a spooky, abandoned village; or bleak and desolate bad lands. Bedlam Aberdeen Paintball is the perfect choice for paintball games and offers a thrilling variety of realistic Game Zones, each serving as backdrop to a carefully plotted game scenario.

You may also be interested in: Battle Grounds Paintball - Turriff

 Beach Leisure Centre - Aberdeen

 Beach Leisure Centre pool is specifically geared to families. It is the ideal place for having fun with many water features to enjoy including waves, a fountain and rapids. Four exciting flumes also complement the pool.


The Beach Leisure Centre is not just for kids: adults (over 16) can work out in the well equipped fitness studio and then relax in the health suite's saunas and steam room.

Macduff Marine Aquarium

In Macduff Marine Aquarium, the aquariums exhibits lead you from the coast, where you can explore the estuaries and the rocky shores to the underwater world of the kelp reef. At the sea lab and touch pools you can get a feel for seashore life, before heading out to the deep reef and the sea floor.


Moray Fly-fishing / Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery

Moray Fly-fishing / Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery. Whether you are an expert or just looking to try something new during your holiday, there is no need to book ahead, unless you require instruction or guiding. Just come to the lodge to buy your day or part-day permit, and you will receive friendly advice on what flies and tackle to use (rods and landing nets are available for hire if you don't have your own).

Distillery Tours

The Grampians is probably the best area in the whole of the UK for visiting distilleries. This is a major area for Scottish Whiskey with over 30 distilleries within a 20 mile radius. Many of the distilleries offer tours and a few are listed below. A malt whisky distillery is located on the Balmoral Estate nearby that produces the Royal Lochnagar Single Malt whisky.

Royal Lochnagar - Ballater

Macallan Glenlivet - Aberlour

Cragganmore - Ballindalloch

Cardhu - Aberlour

Glenfarclas - Ballindalloch

Fettercairn - Laurencekirk




Glen Livet - Ballindalloch distillery tour

Glen Moray - Elgin

Glenfiddich - Dufftown

Glen Grant - Rothes

Dallas Dhu - Forres

Strathisla - Keith


Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle has been one of the residences of the British Royal Family since 1852 and is a working estate with grouse moors, forestry and farmland, as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle and ponies.

Balmoral is a wonderful venue for a day out and during the open season you will find lots of activities to participate in. Each year the Ranger Service offers a number of guided walks and luxury land rover safaris.

Visitors can enjoy the marked walks through the woods, up Craig Gowan hill with fantastic views overlooking the Castle and along the riverside. You can also participate in a guided tour around the grounds, gardens and exhibitions or for the more energetic groups a tour around the monuments and cairns situated within the grounds. For the keen anglers there is salmon fishing on the River Dee.

The grounds, gardens and exhibitions are closed to the Public during August, September and October as The Royal Family are in residence.

You may be interested in other local castles

Craigievar Castle

Cawdor Castle - Naim

Drum Castle - Banchory

Auchindoun Castle - Dufftown

Duffus Castle - Elgin



Braemar Castle

Tolquhon Castle - Ellon

 Huntly Castle - Huntly

Glenbuchat Castle - Kildrummy

Dunnottar Castle - Stonehaven

Corgarff Castle

Brodie Castle - Forres

Craigston Castle - Turriff

Delgatie Castle - Turriff

Fyvie Castle - Turriff

The Northeast Falconry Visitor centre - Huntly

Huntly Falconry Centre hold bird of prey falconry demonstrations throughout the season, where owls, hawks, falcons and eagles can be seen flying every day. Huntly Falconry also give falconry tuition to interested groups and individuals.

Grampian Transport Museum

Grampian Transport Museum is a living museum that probes the past, present and future. Many exhibits are climb aboard, hands on and even ride on!

The exhibits are updated every year during the closed season, providing a wide range of new and exciting things to see each year.There is also an exciting events programme, where you can experience rides on a road circuit in a wide range of historic and modern vehicles.

Things to do Scotland - Grampians

The Grampian mountains are home to ‘Ben Nevis’ the highest mountain in the UK. People living in the Grampians rely mainly on agriculture and tourism for their income. The area is very popular for outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, climbing, cycling and skiing when the conditions are good.

Go Ape - Crathes Castle

Go Ape - Crathes Castle, near Aberdeen - is a network of rope bridges, trapezes, tunnels and some new zip wires that stretches for roughly 1000 metres through the tree canopy. This is a fantastic experience where you will be trained in the use of harnesses, pulleys, carabineers and various safety methods by qualified instructors. You will then safely navigate through a tree top obstacle course to eventually finish on a brilliant zip-wire descent.


The Aberdeen snowsports centre has a Snowflex nursery slope with travelator, a new dendex ski training slope, a dedicated snow tube slope and the main slopes have jumps, rails, boxes, moguls and quarter pipes for having lots of fun.

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

Aberdeen Snowsports centre is Scotland's premier artificial ski centre with highly experienced ski and board instructors and the latest ski and board equipment.

Find great things to do, the best Grampians attractions, cheap family days out, romantic weekend breaks & fun things to do visiting the Grampian Mountains this weekend.

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