Sisters set up Playspotter website to help parents

Two sisters from Aberdeen have launched a new web business, solving a problem they discovered when they became parents themselves over the past three years.

Gayle Veitch, from Aberdeen, and Gemma Sutherland, from Banchory, have set up ‘playspotter’ to help parents find places to play with their children, both indoor and outdoor, across Scotland, but with an initial focus on the North East.

Users of the website can search by postcode or place name and find everything from local parks and soft play centres, to museums and other major attractions.

The site also has a review facility so users can leave a rating or write a full review on the location to help others.

Gayle and Gemma were both born in Aberdeen and brought up in Peterculter. Educated at Cults Academy, they both went on to study and become teachers.

Once they had families of their own, the women found that there were no offline or online guides to local play parks so decided to set up a site of their own.

Playspotter contains over 6,000 ‘places to play’ at present, including 4,870 local play parks across Scotland.

Gemma commented: “Having spoken to other Mums I met through ante-natal classes and toddler groups it became clear that there was a need for a website like this, and we were excited to set about creating it.

“As I have added the data I have found so many places I want to visit with my son, and this has reassured me that our time spent on it has been worthwhile, as it can help others like us find new places to explore.”

To see the site for yourself, visit