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Castlewood Lodges is set against a dramatic backdrop of lush wooded valleys and majestic mountains in the heart of Royal Deeside providing mountain views in a tranquil environment.
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Set in the picturesque countryside, the Royal Arch Holiday Park in Aberdeenshire has stunning collection of holiday homes and lodges with your very own outdoor hot tub.
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Superbly located between the thriving city of Aberdeen and traditional fishing town of Montrose, these caravans are set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, boasting scenic views across the countryside and coast.
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aberdeenshire Park & Visitor Guide

Welcome to Aberdeenshire! With its rugged coastlines, ancient castles, and endless days out packed with adventure with a capital A. Imagine tucking into fresh seafood after a day of dolphin spotting or exploring Cairngorms National Park. This region is home to more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK! A family break at a UK holiday park here offers the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment, with the freedom to explore at your own pace. All while keeping everyone, from toddlers to teens, plenty to see and do.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Aberdeenshire?

Aberdeenshire combines family-friendly activities and breathtaking landscapes, making it an unparalleled holiday destination. Picture yourselves paddle-boarding off pristine coasts, exploring the mysteries of 300 historic castles, or embarking on an electric bike adventure through stunning valleys. Explore the vast Cairngorms National Park, a sanctuary of wildlife and or go mountain biking on scenic trails where you can spot dolphins in their natural habitat.

If you're visiting Aberdeenshire with kids

Absolutely, Aberdeenshire is a playground for kids. They can explore castles like Dunnottar, meet marine life at Macduff Marine Aquarium, or go wild at Hoodles Playbarn. Holiday parks in the UK, especially in Aberdeenshire, cater to families with plenty of activities and the safety of a contained environment.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing – it can be unpredictable!
  2. Outdoor gear for exploring – think walking boots and waterproofs.
  3. Swimwear for pool days at the park.
  4. Games and books for cosy evenings in.
  5. Binoculars for wildlife spotting – dolphins, perhaps?

Pet Friendly Aberdeenshire Adventures

Aberdeenshire is a haven for pets, with vast open spaces and welcoming establishments. The Ship Inn in Stonehaven and The Marine Hotel in Banff are just a couple of spots where your furry friends can join for a meal.

Other tips? Always check park policies on pets, bring their bed for a sense of home, and remember the lead for public places.

Dog walking ideas in Aberdeenshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Bennachie 8 Forests and hills AB52 6RH
Linn of Dee 7 River and woodland AB35 5YJ
Balmedie Beach 14 Coastal dunes AB23 8XG
Haddo House Various Country park AB41 7EQ
Loch Muick 7.8 Lochside and wildlife AB35 5SU

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often boast on-site dining with menus that cater to all ages. Aberdeenshire's local cuisine is a blend of Scottish staples and seafood delights. The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven is a must-try.

For family-friendly dining, The Stack Restaurant and Bar is a hit. Couples might enjoy the intimate setting of Eat on the Green in Udny Green.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Aberdeenshire's outdoor centres, like Deeside Activity Park and Go Ape Crathes Castle, offer everything from quad biking to treetop adventures. Watersports are big here too – try Lochter Activity Centre for fishing and canoeing.

Prices vary, but budget around £30-£50 per activity. Seasonal times differ, but most are open from spring through autumn.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Union Square Shopping Centre High-street brands AB11 5RG
The Barn Arts & Crafts Local artisan goods AB31 5QA
Westhill Shopping Centre Local Shops Convenience & variety AB32 6RL
Thistle Street Boutique Row Designer wear & gifts AB10 1UY
Davidson's Specialist Retailer Scottish meats & delicacies AB51 4TE

Top Parks for 2024 in Aberdeenshire

Silver Sands Holiday Park, Northern Highlands

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 10 minutes | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected accommodations)

About this park: Located on the Moray Firth coastline, Silver Sands Holiday Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, dune landscapes, and a family entertainment complex, making it an idyllic setting for family holidays.

For the kids - Children will be thrilled with the indoor heated pool, outdoor adventure play area, and the children’s club designed to keep them entertained. The park's close proximity to the beach also means that sandcastle building and rock pooling are just a few steps away.

What's on-site? Silver Sands boasts an impressive range of facilities including a gym, sauna, and steam room for relaxation. The family entertainment venue ensures evenings are just as fun as daytime adventures. Dining options include a lounge bar, restaurant, and a fish and chip shop, while Wi-Fi access is available in designated areas. The convenience store caters to all your essentials, and there are amusements* to enjoy too. (*Charges apply)

What's nearby? The park is an hour's drive from Inverness, offering city attractions and shopping. Local highlights include wildlife watching, horse riding, scenic walks, and exploring nearby distilleries and castles. Visitor centres and museums provide cultural excursions, all within a reasonable driving distance and varying in cost.

Accommodation options: Silver Sands offers a range of modern and spacious caravans, including the Gold Plus 2 and 3 Caravans, which sleep up to 6 and 8 respectively. These homes come with double glazing, central heating, and top-quality furnishings. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring the whole family, including furry members, can enjoy a comfortable stay.

Family Days Out In Aberdeenshire

When you're scouting for a break with the family, Aberdeenshire's got you covered. From its rugged coastline to the tranquil countryside, there's a heap of attractions that'll keep everyone entertained. And if you're eyeing a stay at one of the holiday parks in Aberdeenshire, you're in for a treat because these spots are a perfect base for exploring the local gems.

Codona's Amusement Park

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check their website for current hours
  • Prices: Pay per ride or purchase wristbands for unlimited access
  • Postcode: AB24 5SN
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Codona's is a blast for families, with rides that cater to thrill-seekers and little ones alike. The park boasts a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, including a roller coaster, dodgems, and adventure golf. For the best experience, aim for a sunny day and hit the outdoor rides first. To save some quid, look out for online deals before you visit.

Phone number: 01224 595910 | Web:

Haddo House & Country Park

  • Opening Times: Grounds open daily, House tours available April to October
  • Prices: Grounds are free, House tours have a fee
  • Postcode: AB41 7EQ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Main car park near Visitor Centre

Haddo House is a stunner, with gardens that are a treat for the eyes and a historic house that's a peek into the past. Kids can burn off steam at the adventure playground, and there's even a spot for picnics. The best bit? Dogs are welcome, so the whole family can enjoy a day out. Check their calendar for events like open-air theatre or concerts.

Phone number: 01651 851440 | Web:

Macduff Marine Aquarium

  • Opening Times: Daily, 10 am - 5 pm (April to September), reduced hours off-season
  • Prices: Adults £7.95, Children £4.75 (under 3s free)
  • Postcode: AB44 1SL
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free car park on-site

Dive into the deep at Macduff Marine Aquarium, where you can explore local marine life without getting your feet wet. The central kelp tank is a showstopper, teeming with fish and a real-life mermaid's purse or two. It's a hit with kids, and the touch pools are a hands-on highlight. To make the most of your visit, time it with the feeding sessions.

Phone number: 01261 833369 | Web:

The Den & The Glen

  • Opening Times: Daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm
  • Prices: Adults £1, Children £5.50
  • Postcode: AB32 6YG
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free on-site parking

Formerly known as Storybook Glen, The Den & The Glen is where fairytales come to life. It's a wonderland for the wee ones with life-sized characters and play areas. The indoor soft play is perfect for dodgy weather days. Grab a bite at the on-site café to refuel. It's a hit for birthday parties, so book ahead if you're planning a special celebration.

Phone number: 01224 732941 | Web:

Royal Deeside Railway

  • Opening Times: Weekends and select days, check their timetable online
  • Prices: Adults £8, Children £4
  • Postcode: AB31 5QH
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free car park at the station

All aboard the Royal Deeside Railway for a nostalgic trip along the banks of the River Dee. The heritage railway offers a chill way to soak up some scenery and history. Special events like Santa Specials or Murder Mystery evenings add extra flavour to the experience. Tip: Keep an eye out for the resident heron while you're chugging along.

Phone number: 01330 844416 | Web:

Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool

  • Opening Times: Seasonal, usually May to September
  • Prices: Adults £5.90, Children £3.10
  • Postcode: AB39 2RD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Paid parking nearby

Fancy a swim with a difference? Stonehaven's Olympic-sized, heated open-air pool is a unique spot for a dip, rain or shine. It's got that retro vibe and is a hit with families, especially during the midnight swims – yes, you can swim under the stars! Get there early to snag a good spot, and don't forget your goggles.


There you have it, six cracking days out in Aberdeenshire that'll make your stay at the holiday parks even more memorable. Each spot has its own charm and is sure to add some sparkle to your trip. So, pack your bags, round up the troops, and get ready for an adventure in the northeast of Scotland.


This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a mix of relaxation and adventure. Holiday parks in Aberdeenshire, like Huntly Castle Caravan Park, offer a variety of accommodations, from static caravans to luxury lodges, often with on-site amenities such as playgrounds, entertainment, and dining options. It's a community vibe, where kids can make friends while parents unwind.

What should I pack when visiting Aberdeenshire?

Pack layers – Aberdeenshire's weather can be unpredictable. Include waterproofs for exploring the great outdoors, and don't forget your swimwear for the pool facilities at parks like Deeside Holiday Park. Essentials like a first-aid kit, torch, and chargers are a must, plus any sports equipment if you're planning specific activities.

Is Aberdeenshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often cheaper rates. Many holiday parks, such as Stonehaven Queen Elizabeth Park, remain open year-round, offering a peaceful retreat. Plus, Aberdeenshire's castles and coastal walks are just as stunning without the summer buzz.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, your hot tub will be spotless. Parks with hot tub facilities, like Woodland Lodges at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, ensure a thorough cleaning and water change between guests. They adhere to strict hygiene standards, so you can soak worry-free.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Aberdeenshire are pet-friendly, like Silver Sands Holiday Park. Always check the park's pet policy before booking, as some may charge a small fee or have specific accommodations designated for pet owners.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities depends on the park. Some, like Craig Tara Holiday Park, have online systems where you can book before arrival. For others, you might need to book on-site. Popular activities can fill up fast, so it's wise to plan ahead, especially during peak season.

What's the best way to explore the local area from the holiday park?

Grab a map or chat with the park's reception for insider tips. Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore Aberdeenshire's nooks and crannies. Alternatively, local buses or organised tours can take you to hotspots like Dunnottar Castle or the Whisky Trail.

Are there any grocery stores or supermarkets nearby?

Most parks are within a short drive or even a walk from local shops. For example, Deeside Holiday Park is just a stone's throw from Banchory, where you'll find supermarkets and local stores for stocking up on supplies.

What kind of dining options will we find at the holiday park?

You'll typically find a range of options, from snack bars to sit-down restaurants. For instance, Huntly Castle Caravan Park has a restaurant serving up hearty meals, and many parks offer takeaway services. Plus, you're always free to cook up a storm in your accommodation's kitchenette.

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