Banffshire may be Scotland’s Dolphin Coast, but these enchanting creatures are just one part of the area’s wildlife family. You might be lucky and see whales, porpoises and seals coming quite close to the shore – or get close up with a wildlife watching boat trip.
You’ll come to the Banffshire Coast to get away from it all – but did you realise that there’s a city on our doorstep? – Seabird City at the RSPB reserve at Troup Head. You’ll marvel at the inbuilt air traffic control systems of hundreds of thousands of seabirds like gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, razor bills and even puffins as they land on the cliff face. It’s Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony and watching them closing their wings before plunging headfirst into the sea for their lunch is spectacular.
But if you want to get ‘up close and personal’ with the creatures of the deep, make your way to the fascinating Macduff Marine Aquarium which BBC’s Steve Backshall recently described as looking like “some arch criminal’s lair” as it rises from the rocks. He also went on to say;
“It’s an incredibly special place in fact I think it’s the best aquarium I’ve ever been to.”
The centre piece of the aquarium is a deep North Sea living kelp reef which is the only one of its kind in Britain. Divers regularly hand feed the fish and there are also opportunities to gently handle sea creatures in the touch pools.