A historic town on the north coast of Aberdeenshire, in the north-east of Scotland, Banff is a good centre for playing golf on the numerous courses in the area.
Situated in the north east of Scotland on Banff Bay, the historic town is separated from the neighbouring village of Macduff by a pretty seven-arch bridge over the River Deveron and features fine examples of Georgian architecture which has attracted visitors for centuries, including Robert Burns, Lord Byron and more.
Boasting one of the best-preserved townscapes in Scotland, Banff is home to the former royal Banff Castle, a pre-Reformation market cross, a fine tolbooth and several townhouses, along with a museum donated by Andrew Carnegie. The castle boasts a distinctive yellow façade which can be easily spotted as you enter the town from the east, and is said to be one of the finest townhouses in Scotland.
Nearby is the magnificent Duff House. One of Scotland’s finest classical houses designed in 1740 by William Adam as a seat for the Earls of Fife, this Georgian stately home houses a range of art treasures and superbly furnished rooms with extensive grounds offering pleasant parkland walks.
Historically, the town is known for being primarily dependant on fishing, but was once a trade centre for weavers, soapmakers and some of the most talented silvermakers in the country. Head to the community-run Banff Museum on the High Street to see some of the oldest surviving silver teapots in Scotland, as well as browsing examples of local work on display too. You can also uncover the story of the notorious Scottish outlaw, James MacPherson, and how he met his demise through replicas, objects and displays.
Tour around the town to witness stunning architecture, including the old harbour, which has recently been developed as a marina, and features a webcam so visitors can wave to their friends and family back home.
Did someone say golf? The area is home to two spectacular courses, Duff House Royal Golf Course and Royal Tarlair Golf Club, as well as a driving range to practice your swing! With the numerous golf courses in the area, the coastal town of Banff offers great golf playing facilities and wealth of history.
Banff hosts a weekend-long COAST Festival of the Visual Arts annually which is full of events and attractions in both Banff and Macduff. The festival runs over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May each year.