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Macduff Aquarium

Photographs and information about the marine aquarium in Macduff Aberdeenshire:

Macduff Aquarium is a wee gem of a tourist attraction and one of the most favourite places to visit for the About Aberdeen team. Visitors can learn about the sea-life that lives in the North Sea and Moray Firth and upon the shores of Aberdeenshire.

macduff aquarium

There is free parking by the red marker buoy, toilets, disabled access and best of all: visitors get an all-day pass so can come and go to the exhibits in-between enjoying this beautiful harbour town.

 red marker bouy

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Macduff Marine Aquarium

Macduff marine aquarium has many living examples of the fish, fauna and sea-life that inhabit our area. Their tanks have plenty of viewing areas and it is a gentle stroll through the beautifully crafted exhibits.

macduff marine aquarium

By each tank is information boards to explain who the inhabitants are and there are talks by the experienced staff throughout the day. This includes watching them hand feed the fish and even seeing them scuba diving into the large tank which is a deep living kelp reef and the highlight of a visit.

deep living kelp reef

Fish in the aquariums include conger eels, red mullet, cod, plaice and octopus. Sea-life includes blue lobster, sea anemones, jelly fish and starfish.

The European lobster:

blue lobster

The picture below is their Fireworks Anemone:

Fireworks anemone

Below is a photograph of their Wolf Fish:


Models that demonstrate the mammals that live along our shores include a cute baby seal and an adult seal which are prevalent along the Aberdeenshire coastline.

baby seal model

Visitors learn that we can watch orca and blue whale from our shores. Birds information is also included which includes kittiwakes and cormorants. There is a live webcam to the cliffs at nearby Troup Head to watch the gannets. RSPB members can get free admission to Macduff marine aquarium on specific days.

adult seal model

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Sadly there is no onsite café, but there are vending machines for drinks and ice-cream is available from their shop. The receptionist has a list and map of places to eat in Macduff. We love to visit the Harbour View Restaurant for a tasty and filling bacon, egg and black pudding softie and hot chocolate.

An image of a scorpion fish:

Scorpion Fish

This Macduff Aberdeenshire tourist attraction is child friendly and there is plenty to keep young minds entertained and educated. This ranges from quizzes, display boards, computer simulation, microscopes and games. Local schools use them as an interactive learning tool.

The photo below is their Moon Jellyfish:

Moon jellyfish

Macduff Aquarium has an active shark and ray breeding programme and visitors can look round their nursery. We heard one youngster describe them as looking like a baby Lady Cassandra from Dr Who!

Different Fish In Aquarium

Ticket prices, opening times and current attractions can be read at

Macduff Marine Aquarium
11 High Shore
AB44 1SL

Tel: 01261 833369

Nearby attractions include the Victorian fountain in the Maritime Memorial Garden which was donated by local Dr Walford Bodie

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