Banff & Macduff

Aberdeenshire | Towns | ★★

[Macduff harbour]

These two rival towns are quite different despite their proximity to one another, sitting either side of the turbulent River Deveron. On the west bank, Banff feels the slightly the more polished and bigger of the two settlements, boasting a reasonable array of shops, golf club and the ornate Georgian mansion of Duff House. But somehow we find Macduff, to the east, more charming; it has a more obvious connection to the sea, with a main road hugging the waterfront and a larger harbour. It's also the slightly unlikely location for an excellent aquarium. There's a great view of both towns from Macduff Parish Church on Church Street. Neither place is at all touristy, which is quite refreshing in comparison to some of the fishing villages further west.

[Duff House, Banff]

Location & info

📌 Banff ★★
Aberdeenshire. The town hall is at G.R.: NJ 690640 ///

📌 Macduff ★★
Aberdeenshire. The harbour is at G.R.: NJ 704648 ///backyards.landscape.supporter

🚶 The two towns are about a mile apart along main road pavements, but the respective centres are quite compact. Duff House and the Bridge of Alvah ramble are both easily walkable from the middle of Banff.
🚌 Both towns are well served by several bus routes, including from Aberdeen, Elgin and Fraserburgh.

See & do (<1 mi away from Banff or Macduff)

📌 Duff House ★★
💬 Elegant Georgian house designed by William Adam in the early 18th century, housing a range of art exhibitions and furniture.
Minor road end, 10-min walk south of Banff town centre, NJ 691633 ///dolly.famed.sublime
Open daily, April to September; Friday to Sunday, October to March | £9 adult / £5.40 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

>> Walk: Alvah - bridge over troubled water ★★
>> Macduff Marine Aquarium ★★★

[Banff harbour]


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