School Rd., Banff, AB45 2SJ, United Kingdom
More about Banff
Old World Charm
St Mary Old Kirk Yard.
We visited the old kirk yard and was fasinated by the symbols on the graves can any body tell us the meanings of them ie skull skeltons and crossbows?? there was an timer of some discription we found Banff a loveley and fasinating place and hope to spend more time there when we come again to Scotland.
RE: St Mary Old Kirk Yard.
Our ancestors were fond of reminding each other of the mortality of man so the skull and crossbones, hourglasses and other symbols of death (sometimes with the words Memento Mori - remember you will die) were carved onto gravestones to remind visitors what was in store. These were often grim times and the Scots are not particularly noted for their light-hearted approach to matters of death and religion (although you will find these symbols in other parts of the UK).
We have a resident historian/archaeologist in the forum who might enlighten you further, leics, where are you?
Travel Tips for Banff
Loved the detail of the buildings - so pretty
If you like old architecture this place is jam packed with it.
The Town House was built in 1797 disigned by James Reid & James Adam two great architects from Edinburgh. Such a lot of detail in this one building which you could so easily pass by - but that would be a great pity.
Despite the age of the building - it's wearing well!!
The Tolbooth has Scots Origins
The name Tolbooth is Scots & refers to The Town Hall, but in past times this was where you paid your taxes or toll. This one has been converted to a hotel which has seen better days. In most Scottish towns you will encounter the name Tolbooth usually a street name or monument.
Pennan has only one street but what a street!
The houses are built facing the sea with cliffs behind them, all individualy named in a sea fairing tradition. Some houses are built with thegable ends facing the sea to provide some respite from the strong forces of the sea.
Wrap up warm & enjoy the sea breeze
The sea scapes are beautiful - always changing - but always enticing. The shore is shingle with very little sand & the sea can be quite rough in all seasons with a stiff breeze - so take a warm jacket & enjoy the salty air.
The Ferns find life on rocky cliffs
Stop a while and explore the hidden beauty of sea coast cliffs. These lovely ferns were growing high up on the cliff face. In harsh environments like this one I am always amazed at the sheer tenacity of plants & where they find a home to grow