Macduff Things to Do

  • Portsoy and small car park.
    Portsoy and small car park.
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  • Pretty Cullykhan beach.
    Pretty Cullykhan beach.
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  • Hell's Lum.
    Hell's Lum.
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    Cullykhan Bay

    by nickandchris Updated Feb 3, 2014

    We took a turn off the B9031 sign posted to Cullykhan Bay. The narrow road ends in a sloping car park on the clifftop above the beautiful secluded beach.

    From the car park you can either follow the footpath to the promontory, which is all that's left of Bronze Age Fiddes Fort, or take the wooden steps down to the sandy beach.I opted to walk round the fort as it offered wonderful views of the cliffs, beach and the distant village of Pennan, nestled under the steep grassy cliffs to the east.Taking this route, you also walk past a deep gash in the cliffside, Hell's Lum, a partially collapsed sea cave. Inside the cave is a tunnel that emerges further round the coast. Unfortunately, I couldn't see any way of reaching the cave, there didn't appear to be a clear path anywhere.I had to be content with the views towards Pennan.

    The beach is wonderfully sheltered and very pretty. There appeared to be just two people on the entire beach on out visit. They looked like they were setting up to fish.

    A beautiful location.

    Pretty Cullykhan beach. Hell's Lum. Spectacular cliffs. Pennan. Pennan.
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    Tarlair Lido

    by nickandchris Written Jan 8, 2014

    I just loved this!! Coming from a coastal town in Cumbria that had had it's own sea-water lido in it's hey-days, I was extremely interested to look at Tarlair Lido.

    The narrow road heads steeply down to the coast from the coast road heading out of Macduff (taking you first through a residential area)and ends at a couple of small parking areas. there is no sign of the lido until you walk a little further and come to it's crumbling remains.

    Wow!! This must have been something in it's heyday, a huge construction, complete with changing rooms, a paddling pool and we were told there had been seating on the grassy banks and a children's playground.

    Sadly, like all these tidal pools, they fell into neglect as peoples preferances changed. Cold,outdoor saltwater pools were no longer popular, heated indoor pools were built which signalled the start of the downfall of outdoor lidos.Today, I believe the model boating groups use the facilities as a safe harbour for their pleasures!

    We walked all the way round and there are, without doubt, some very dangerously eroded parts with holes in the outer wall and cracking of masonry in many places. Such a shame!

    A path leads from the grassy banks surrounding the pool up to the golf course on the clifftop. Excellent photo opportunities of the lido can be had from here.

    We talked to a few locals who would wander down, during our stay here, they all had such wonderful memories of the pool in it's glory days.

    Looking at the weblink below, it would seem there are moves to save Tarlair Lido!!

    Tarlair Lido Us at Tarlair Tarlair Lido Beach and Lido, Tarlair.
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    Portsoy.

    by nickandchris Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    We initially stopped here to visit the fish monger's but found it such an appealing little place that we parked and had a look round.

    Portsoy is an unspoilt little harbour village on the Moray Firth, some fifty miles west of Aberdeen.It caters for the tourist with a few shops, a couple of pubs/hotels and a caravan site.

    Portsoy's older habour is possibly the oldest in the UK, completed in 1693. In 1825 a newer, larger harbour was built to cater for the growing herring fishing fleet.The harbour is surrounded by interesting old buildings dating back to the late 1600's. By the harbour, the flourishing marble shop resides, creating jewellery from polished serpentine stone, cut from a nearby vein to the west of the harbour.

    To the east is the refurbed salmon bothy, which houses the heritage museum. Also along here is the caravan site.

    To the west of the harbour, along the coast, is a defunct outdoor swimming pool, which we unfortunately never got round to visiting. I love these old lido's and regret not seeing this one. We viewed it from the clifftop ruin in Portsoy, from where there are wonderful views of the harbour and village, as well as the coast. Interestingly, we found a waterproofed letter tucked inbetween the ruins stones, a sad memorial to someone's relation possibly lost at sea?

    There is limited parking by the harbour, another small carpark with toilets overlooking the harbour and patking along the road towards the caravan site.

    Portsoy and harbour. Portsoy local? Harbour walls. Viewpoint. Portsoy and small car park.
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    Macduff.

    by nickandchris Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    I thought Macduff a lovely little place, full of character and colour.

    The main road from nearby Banff crosses the seven arched bridge over the River Deveron and into Macduff.This bridge was built in 1799 to replace the original that was eventually washed away. The main village road takes you right in front of the harbour, where most of the town's acton is.

    Macduff was originally known as Doune but it's name was changed in 1783 to Macduff, after the local landowner.He also extended the original harbour, built in 1760, to accommodate an up and coming fishing fleet.Today, fishing is still one of Macduff's industries, along with a collection of factories including fish processing. Boat building and maintenance in the yards along the harbour continue to be of vital importance to the town.

    Tourism is welcomed with open arms and a modern aquarium on the seafront proves a popular draw.

    Macduff's golf course has a challenging finish, on the cliff tops, which I came across when I walked up from the defunct lido at Tarlair, just round the corner.

    Just another of this part of Scotland's pleasant coastal settlements.

    Harbour at Macduff. Macduff harbour. This one has seen better days... Boat maintaining. Macduff.
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    Tarlair Pool

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool, Macduff, was first opened in the 1930's, built in Art Deco style though modified over the years. Latterly it was operated by the Banff and Buchan District Council and closed in 1996. In subsequent years there have been open air concerts and a youth forum. At present the only users are the Macduff Model Boat Club, who use the pool every Sunday and on Wednesday evenings during the summer. [Information from Aberdeenshire Council].

    Tarlair Open Air Pool
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    The Deveron River

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    The Deveron river flows into the Doune Bay between Macduff and Banff. Leaving Macduff and just before the bridge is a carpark where you can get good views of the river, the bridge, Banff and Macduff Harbour.
    It is also a great olace to watch the sun go down.
    Most evenings there is a mobile fish and chip shop where you purchase a fine supper.

    Doune Bay
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    The Road Bridge

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Linking Macduff with nearby Banff, the seven arch bridge as seen today was completed in 1799. An earlier bridge built in 1765 was swept away by the might of the unpredictable Deveron River.
    the present bridge was built by John Smeaton, whose other claim to fame was the construction of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

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    Macduff War Memorial

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Category B listed Dominating the skyline in Macduff, the Knowes War Memorial stands 70 ft in height, an octagonal granite tower, erected in 1921 to commemorate those who gave their lives in the The Great War, 1914-1918. Plaque in base of memorial records that the foundation stone was laid by Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught s (daughter of the Earl of Fife)
    From here you can also get fine views over to Banff.

    Macduff  War Memorial
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    The Harbour

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    In a seafaring town where else would one end up except at the harbour?
    First built in 1760, it has been expanded over the years and once was home to over a hundred sailing ships,
    These days it is home to a small fishing fleet and boatyards.

    Macduff harbour fishing boat
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    Doune Church

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    For a great view of town, walk or drive up to the Doune Church.
    the church itself was built in 1805 with a lot of rebuilding occurring in 1865.
    Adjacent to the park is a small park with an anchor from which you get the best view of the town and harbour below.
    From this relative quiet spot ypu can witness the movement of boats and vehicles to your hearts content.

    Doune Church
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    Macduff Auarium

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    is probably the towns premier tourist attraction. it contains the coumtry's deepest sea water tank, which contains a vast collection of sealife from the Moray Firth. The colours and appearance of these local sea creatures are truly amazing.
    There also tanks with lobsters, sea urchins, starfish, etc.
    There is also an audio visual display to be seen.

    Macduff Auarium
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    The Lighthouse

    by stevezero Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Situated at the end of the harbour, it is a good place to walk to for views of the coming and going of boats, and for views across the bay to nearby Banff.

    Macduff lighthouse and harbour
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