Macduff Marine Aquarium Scotland

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Marie Dare

01261 833369

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11 High Shore, Macduff, AB44 1SL

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

This popular educational resource takes you on a journey of discovery beneath the waters of the Moray Firth. The exhibits lead from the coastal estuaries, cliffs and rocky shores, out to the fringing kelp reefs and beyond to deeper reefs and the sandy sea

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Themed Attraction | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Aquariums & Sea Life Centres | Technology | Ships & Maritime Museums | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Science | Environmental Studies | English | Drama / Performing Arts | Citizenship | Conservation

What we offer

Macduff Marine Aquarium is situated on Aberdeenshire's northern shores and, as well as being an award winning visitor attraction, it is a popular educational resource for students of all ages and abilities.

The aquarium takes visitors on a journey of discovery beneath the steely blue waters of the Moray Firth. The exhibits lead from the coastal estuaries, cliffs and rocky shores, out to the fringing kelp reefs and beyond to deeper reefs and the sandy seabed.

On the way, visitors come face to face with hundreds of local fishy characters, including fearsome wolf fish, small sharks, ancient lobsters and gentle jellyfish, all in realistic and innovative displays.

Visitors can also see divers feed the fish, get a feel for seashore life at the interactive touch pools and watch breading seabirds on the cliffs at Troup Head via a live camera link during the summer months.

What makes us a great choice?

The diversity of marine life within the exhibits, along with the interactive touch pools engages children, creating enjoyment, memories and respect fort he underwater world.

Group Sizes Catered For

The aquarium can hold a maximum of 100 kids at a time - larger groups are split up and there may be up to 3 different groups at once.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

The aquarium's learning officer will assist teachers to plan a trip and to help you organise your visit, we offer a free teacher's planning ticket (to be arranged in advance).

A range of educational additional resources are available on the website and during the visit children can take part in quizzes and other materials can be developed on request to enhance your programme - just ask our learning officer!

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Visitors are welcome to take photos or video/audio in the aquarium, though flash photography is not allowed at some of the exhibits containing sensitive animals.

Risk Assessment Details

Teachers can arrange to undertake risk assessments during their free planning visit or the aquarium's risk assessment summary is available on request.

Education Officer Information

Marie Dare

Tel: 01261 833369


Pricing Information

For groups of 10 or more, discounted admission prices for 2018 are:

Child: £3.05

Adult: £5.50

One adult is free for every 10 children (or one adult free for every 5 pre-school children).

Clothing Requirements

No specific clothing is required for visiting the aquarium, but if taking part in a beach visit then it is always a good idea to wear sturdy shoes/wellies and bring waterproofs.

First Aid Information

The group leader is responsible for the well being of their group during the visit, though there are several qualified first aiders on the aquarium staff.

Available Facilities

The aquarium has a gift shop with plenty of pocket money items available, as well as drinks, sweets and ice creams.

There are no facilities for eating at the aquarium and food is not allowed in the exhibit area.
There is a grassy area with picnic tables outside and local picnic areas can be recommended. Please contact the aquarium in advance if you need to make lunch arrangements in the event of a cold or rainy day.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The aquarium is all on one level and accessible for wheelchairs. Any of the education programmes can be adapted for children with special educational needs.

Opening Hours & Information

April - October

Open Monday to Friday from 10am - 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 5pm

November - March

Open Saturday to Wednesday from 11am - 4pm, closed on Thursdays and Fridays.


The children thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and saw many new things and learnt new ideas. It was fun! Excellent information presented and children were engaged throughout
(Teacher - Ferryhill School, Aberdeen).

The children really enjoyed touching the starfish. They learned a lot about different sea creatures and could link what they had learned at school.
(Teacher - Alehousewells School, Aberdeen)

Couldn?t get the children away from the wonderful touch pool.
(Teacher - Braehead School, Aberdeen)

Excellent guide who used language at exactly the right level for P4 .
(Teacher - Auchterellon School, Aberdeenshire)

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