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Banffshire Coast News

Take on the Coastal Challenge
Jul 17th 2012

Walkers, runners and cyclists are being encouraged to take part in this year's BRG Coastal Challenge which raises money for charity.  The popular 17.5 mile course will take participants along the stunning Banff and Buchan coastline, starting at Fraserburgh, going through Rosehearty, Sandhaven and finishing at Gardenstown on Saturday 25th August.

Participants of all ages are invited to walk, run or cycle the course, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Entry to the event costs £15 online at www.brgchallenge.co.uk, or £20 on the day

3 Banffshire Coast Awards Finalists
May 15th 2012

Three organisations in the Banffshire Coast area have won through in the North-east Regional Finals for Scottish Thistle Awards and now go through to the National Finals in November.

Portsoy's Scottish Traditional Boat Festival started as a small community celebration to mark the 300th anniversary of Portsoy harbour almost 20 years ago and has grown in status to become recognised by VisitScotland as one of the region's flagship tourism events.  Although the emphasis of the Boat Festival is on maritime culture and heritage, the event has expanded over the years to reflect a wide range of associated traditional skills.  There is also a hugely popular food fayre and craft tent, an extensive music programme featuring local and internationally-renowned artists, and sports activities from running to rugby.  This year the festival is making history by playing host to the biggest ever St Ayles skiff coastal rowing regatta.  The Festival received the Award for Best Cultural Event in the North-east.

The Deveron Fishing Festival has been recognised for its success in attracting visitors to the area and boosting the local economy.  A lot of the trade now see the festival and its trade fair as a major event on the UK fishing calendar, and it is fairly unique to be able to hold a fair in an environment where equipment can be shown and tried on the river.  The festival ticks all the boxes in showing off the river to anglers and bringing people to the area.  The community also gets a payback in the benefits to the local economy.  The Festival received the award for the Best Nature-based Experience.

The Spotty Bag Cafe in Banff - part of the famous Spotty Bag Shop - received the regional award for the Best Cafe, Bar or Restaurant in the north-east.

Deveron Fishing Festival aims to net more anglers
Mar 22nd 2012

Following last year's successful inaugural event, preparations are well underway for the 2nd Deveron Fishing Festival from 29th April to 2nd May 2012.  The main organiser - the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust - aims to attract more salmon anglers from the UK and abroad to a river known as "Scotland's Hidden Gem."  In 2011, it created a huge boost to the local economy when more than 200 anglers took advantage of free fishing on 19 of the river's top beats.  Most of the accommodation in the area was fully booked months in advance, and retail outlets saw a dramatic upturn for what is traditionally a quieter time of the year.  The format of the festival has been changed this year; many of the 140 anglers who have been successful in the ballot for the free fishing over three days available this year have paid for three more days so that they get a full week's fishing.  The event will open with a trade fair.  Turriff Tackle and Trophies is the letting agent for the river's beats.  90% of the registered anglers are from far afield.

New! Mobile website for the Banffshire Coast
Nov 3rd 2011

Great news for the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership. Our new mobile website is now live on-line, and available to all who use their mobile phones to access the internet.

This is the future! It means that folk in their cars, or in the street can find out where to go, where to shop, where to eat, where to stay etc in our area, just with a few clicks on their mobiles.

The Banffshire Coast mobile website includes some minor mods to make it easier to use and to read on small  phone screens.

Thanks go to our IT gurus at blue square for creating it.

If you don’t have an internet enabled  phone, you can get a look at the mobile website on:  http://m.banffshirecoast.com/  To see how it actually  looks on a phone screen, make your viewing window much narrower. (Of course, it is much smaller on a phone too.)

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