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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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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
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.more
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.
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...more
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!!