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When arriving in Banff, you could be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a miniature Edinburgh. Fine examples of Georgian architecture have attracted visitors to this area for centuries, from the Scots poet Robert Burns to, actor Timothy Spall, star of the Harry Potter films.
Highlights which give a nod to the town’s historic heyday include Banff Castle – its distinctive yellow façade is instantly recognisable when entering the town across the salmon-rich waters – and 1 High Shore, which is said to be one of the finest examples of townhouses in Scotland.
Duff House, a grand mansion built in 1740 by William Adam is not to be missed. Now home to a permanent collection of art from the National Galleries of Scotland, during its lifetime it has been everything from a hotel to a prisoner of war camp.
Although the town, granted its charter by Robert the Bruce in 1324, has latterly been dependent on fishing, it was once a great centre of trade and was home to manufacturers, weavers and silvermakers. You can still to see some examples of their work at the Banff Museum.
There are many marvellous walks in Banff, the most inspiring being from Scotstown – dotted with traditional fishermen’s cottages – to the stunning sandy beach at Banff Links. Here’s your chance to spot our dolphins and if it’s not too bitter, surfers too! There's plenty of water activities to enjoy from fishing to paddle boarding.
Fancy exploring the beauty of Banff? Check out Doorstep Explorers before your visit - a community project created by the pupils of Banff Academy. With over 50 walking routes that include guides, original artworks, stories and music. You'll be inspired to discover Banff's unique culture, heritage and outdoors.
Download the official 'Love Banff and Macduff' app to learn more about these fascinating towns, and their surrounding landmarks.