Region offers plenty for visitors to explore
The Banffshire coast boasts an array of tourist attractions, including stately homes, fascinating fishing villages and celebrations of its nautical links.
Duff House, Banff – This Georgian estate mansion and its grounds were once home to the Duff family. The building has also been a hotel, a sanatorium and was even bombed by the Nazis during the Second World War while Allied troops were stationed there. It houses a celebrated collection of paintings.
Macduff Marine Aquarium – It provides a home from home for some of the marine wildlife that can be found in the nearby Moray Firth.
Pennan – The tiny coastal community will forever be a draw for film fans after featuring in 1983 Burt Lancaster hit, Local Hero.
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy – Thousands of visitors flock to the village every summer for the two-day celebration of its maritime links.
Cullen Skink – A trip to Banffshire would not be complete without sampling one of the region’s famous dishes. The soup consists of smoked haddock, potatoes, onion and milk or cream.
Sandend beach – One of the most popular surfing beaches in Scotland; the sport’s “jewel in the crown”.
Duff House in Banff has a renowned painting collection