Banff Travel Guide

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Banff Things to Do

  • Georgian elegance in Banff

    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...

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  • Great Tree in the Castle Grounds

    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...

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  • Stroll along some of the little streets

    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.

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  • The local authority has all the best...

    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.

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  • Visit the Scottish Tourist Board

    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.

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  • A great view of the town & its steeple

    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.

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  • Don't just walk past the Townhouse

    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.

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  • No need to visit MacDuff!!

    MacDuff can be seen from Banff just a stones throw away. The Church on the hill looks interesting - seems to domineer the little village.

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  • Pleasant Harbour combining Nice...

    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.

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  • Travel back in time to the Medieval...

    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.

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  • Castle Moat And Wall

    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

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  • Castle House

    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

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  • Castle Gates

    These gates are now the entrance to the Castle Park. Formally they were the gates to the Duff House estate. They were moved to this location, when a road was widened through their old setting.

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  • The Tomb

    This interesting tomb to one of the Fife Dynasty, can be seen to the rear of the Mausoleum.It is on the Woodland Walk from Duff House

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  • Gothic Style Mausoleum

    The Mausoleum was built by the 2nd Earl Of Fife in 1783 to house the remains of the Fife Dynasty.It can be encountered about 1km form Dudd House on the Woodland Walk

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  • The Icehouse

    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...

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  • Woodland Walk

    A woodland walk within sight of the River Deveron, takes you through woods, past places of interest to the Bridge Of AlvahThe walk from Duff House is a 6km round trip, but you can walk just part of it. free guide available from Duff House

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  • 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...

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Banff Restaurants

  • Pop into the local for a pint

    The Market Arms was serving a hot & cold buffet when we popped in but unfortunately for us the place was packed with no seating available. Looked nice though - a traditional old pub, might get a seat the next visit.

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  • Have a coffee & some home bakes

    Dropped in for a coffee served with yummy home bakes. The waitresses were dressed in traditional black with a touch of white. Real old world charm with a friendly face.

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Banff Shopping

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    Spotty Bag

    by scottishvisitor Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The shop used to be called East Side but everyone calls it the Spotty Bag Shop - Why? I have no idea. I spend some time looking for this shop by its spotty name & finally found it under East Side.
    A place for great bargains - they have absolutley everything you could think to buy & at great prices.

    What to buy: I bought a fancy wine opener for £3.00 it retails in the department stores for around £15.00

    What to pay: Every thing is going cheap

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Banff Local Customs

  • 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.

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  • Waste not Want not

    An old saying still in use today. As the sign for the Banff Preservation Society proclaims.Keeping history alive & directing people to Duff House - what a good idea.

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  • Signs of Early Christianity

    Again a Scots tradition in old towns & cities. The Mercat Cross is usually found in a square which once held an outdoor market.

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Banff Warnings and Dangers

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    Hold on to the hand rails

    by scottishvisitor Written Sep 17, 2005

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    Banff is very hilly - you need a lot of puff to get up some streets around here!!
    Don't know what the hand rails are for - maybe for winter walking as I wouldn't want to slide down here.

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Banff Off The Beaten Path

  • Would love a house like this one

    There used to be a lot of money in Banff when it was a commercial port. This house once belonged to a local merchant. Very pretty indeed.

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  • Great Defences of the Past

    We saw an information sign for Fort Fiddes when leaving Pennan - so decided to follow the road (dirt track). The knowl is surrounded on three sides by water & joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land thus making it a perfect defence post. Cullykhan began its defence as a late bronze age refuge, later an iron age citadel then in 3,000 a...

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  • Take your time & watch out for little...

    Seagulls are fascinating & funny birds. So curious - they pick up almost anything on the quest for food. This one had a bottle cap which he examined very carefully then found a mouthfull of seaweed.

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Banff Favorites

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    The Town House Banff 1 more image

    by scottishvisitor Written Sep 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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!!

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