Duff House is a Georgian mansion designed by William Adam (the father of the more famous Robert Adam), and is part of Historic Scotland as well as an outlier of the national gallery of Scotland. So an elegant house, built to impress (until the money ran out!) filled with some good paintings of the period, especially work by Raeburn. The house is lovingly furnished with period furniture and hundreds of paintings (mainly portraits) and is meant to display an 18th century interior.
Such a contrast to the raw coast only a mile away!
We had a pleasant stroll through the castle grounds, there is not much left of the castle just some ruins, but the grounds have interesting Georgian buildings. What caught my eye was the lovely Araucaria tree, which I thought was a Norfolk Pine planted by the President of Argentina, thank you Trekki for the correction. Must have been some time ago because the tree is huge. I have included 2 extra pictures in this tip. One shows the fruits of this tree which I found amazing.
I love walking along little streets & discovering things from a bygone age, like this little house with its old slate roof & lovely street light.
Banff town has been well preserved keeping its architecture & history intact.
If you don't know the area - a visit to the tourist board is a must. The staff here will point you in the direction of all the main tourist spots & outline some history for you.
I like to buy postcards from The Scottish Tourist Board - they have better ones than the shops.
The steeple, build in 1794 is a prominant feature of the landscape. It is difficult to photograph close up but you get a nice view from the Castle Grounds. See the 2nd. picture of a close up - too many other buildings crowd the steeple.
The icehouse was the forerunner of the refridgerator, on a grand scale.
It was a domed shaped building, covered with earth, built over a large pit. The pit contianed the ice which was collected locally in winter. The insulation kept the ice from melting and all the perishable food for the big house could be kept all year round.
The icehouse can be seen shortly into the woodland walk from Duff House
A woodland walk within sight of the River Deveron, takes you through woods, past places of interest to the Bridge Of Alvah
The walk from Duff House is a 6km round trip, but you can walk just part of it. free guide available from Duff House
The jewel in the crown of Banff, Duff house was built by William Adam between 1735 and 1740 for the Earl of Fife.
However there were disputes over the construction of the building, and the Earl never got to live in the house. it is said that he drew the blinds in his carriage has he passed so that he would not have to gaze upon it.
The house is set in grounds near the Deveron River.
These days Duff House serves as part of the National Gallery of Scotland and houses a range of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms. It also hosts a programme of artistic events and is used as a base for artists and writers.
You might want to get on the wrong side of the law just to visit this building. It used to belong to Lord Byrons niece. Now it is the Sherriff Court.
Standing on the pavement looking at the Town House & taking a few steps down towards the lovely archway a picturesque garden opens up to delight.
MacDuff can be seen from Banff just a stones throw away. The Church on the hill looks interesting - seems to domineer the little village.
Banff used to be a principal commercial port but it fell into disuse in the 1800's. Banff neighbour MacDuff then became the principal port. Both now have some leisure craft & small fishing boats.
The remains of St. Mary's Chaple gives you a great sense of the past with its well kept ancient kirk yard with grave stones lost in time.
Great place for history buffs or folk tracing their genology.
Although the old castle is long gone, it is still possibe to see parts of the moat and the wall that surrounded the castle.
Fron here there are also good views of the sea and of neighbouring Macduff
This fine house now stands on what was once the site of the old castle, there is a nice park here you can walk around and get good views over Banff bay to the neighbouring town of Macduff