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Macduff Marine Aquarium

Macduff Marine Aquarium

The Moray Firth is a haven for wildlife and at Macduff Marine Aquarium you will come face to face with all kinds of sea creatures that live beneath the steely blue Moray Firth waters.

The aquarium's exhibits lead you from the coast, where you can explore the estuaries and the rocky shores, and then 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 seafloor.

The aquarium's deep central exhibit, which displays a living kelp reef, is the only one of its kind in Britain and divers hand feed the fish on a regular basis. Owned by Aberdeenshire Council, Macduff Marine Aquarium aims to promote awareness, enjoyment and stewardship of the Moray Firth marine environment in an entertaining and educational way.

Opening Hours: 

Winter: 1st November to 31st March

Saturday to Wednesday: 11am - 4pm (closed on Thursday and Friday)

Summer: 1st April to 31st October

Monday to Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 5pm

We recommend coming at least 45 minutes before closing time to make the most of your visit.

Directions

How to get here. By Road From Aberdeen - take the A947 through Dyce, Old Meldrum and Turriff. Turn off for Macduff and follow the signs past the harbour to the aquarium. Travel time: 1 hour From Fraserburgh - take the A98 which goes right through Macduff. Turn off at the Plough Inn, before you reach the harbour, and follow the signs for the aquarium. Travel time: 40 minutes From Elgin - take the A96 until Fochabers and join the A98 towards Fraserburgh. Go through Banff and on to Macduff

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