Macduff Marine Aquarium

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Opening Hours: 

Winter: 1st November to 31st March

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

Christmas /New Year Opening Hours

Open as usual except on the following days when the aquarium will be closed:

24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December 2015, 1st and 2nd January 2016

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.

Admission Prices:

Adult: £6.50
Child (aged 3-15): £3.35 (under 3s are free – max 2 per adult)
Concession: £4.05
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £17.95

Tickets are VALID ALL DAY so you can come and go as often as you like.

Contact the aquarium for details of our special admission rates for groups of 10 or more and carers. If you are a frequent visitor, you should also ask about our annual tickets.

How to Get Here

The aquarium is situated on the High Shore of Macduff, just east of the Harbour. There is a large car park with space for coaches.

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. Pass the harbour and turn left, following the signs for the aquarium. Travel time: 50 minutes

By Bus

From Aberdeen or Elgin – take the bus number 305 Elgin/Aberdeen via Coast. Call Traveline on 0870 6082608 for times.

Sat Nav

AB44 1SL; Latitude: 57.67; Longitude: -2.48

For a map of where to find us click here.

Access for All

The building is all on one level and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Disabled-access toilets and baby changing facilities are available.

Food and Drink

There is no café at the aquarium – although drinks, sweets and ice creams are available in the gift shop and there are picnic benches outside. An independent food bar serves snacks and hot drinks outside the aquarium and our staff are happy to help with information on other places to eat locally. NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED WITHIN THE AQUARIUM.

Children’s Quizzes

There are quizzes available for children to complete during their visit and free colouring sheets to take away.

Dive/Feeding Times

The aquarium’s fish and invertebrates are fed regularly through the week, although not every day as it is actually unhealthy to overfeed them. Contact the aquarium or check at Reception when you arrive, to find out which tanks are getting fed on the day you visit.

Diving in the aquarium’s kelp reef exhibit takes place three times a week. Divers hand-feed the fish while guides give a talk about the marine life in the aquarium’s main theatre and visitors watch from the main window. When it’s busy, tickets for the dive shows are handed out to visitors as they arrive, to guarantee them a seat in the theatre. It is possible to phone on the day of your visit to reserve tickets to see the divers. Divers also have to clean the windows of any algae that grows on them and, from time to time, they even have to hoover the tank!

Please Note – Diving operations at the aquarium are strictly regulated by the Health and Safety Executive, the aquarium reserves the right to remain flexible about dive times and frequency and a dive is not guaranteed to go ahead until the day, even a diver with a cold could mean that a dive has to be cancelled.
General Schedule of Diving/Feeding Times
Sandy sea bed feed, rocky reef and muddy sea floor feed, pipefish and seahorse feed
Estuary animals’ feed, harbour animals’ feed and rock pool feed
2.00pm Diving
Sandy sea bed feed, rocky reef and muddy sea floor feed
Harbour animals’ feed, and rock pool feed, pipefish and seahorse feed
Sandy sea bed feed, estuary animals’ feed and rocky reef and muddy sea floor feed
2.00pm Diving, 
Harbour animals’ feed, jellyfish and anemone feed, pipefish and seahorse feed
2.00pm Diving, 
Estuary animals’ feed and rock pool feed