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Banffshire Coast News

Festival turns focus on Gamrie's artistic talent
Aug 7th 2014

The creativity of artists in Gardenstown will be celebrated at a mini festival in the village - from 7th to 10th August 2014.

Gamrie Creatives started with a chat between local artists and designers who saw the opportunity to display their diverse skills in the village.  The group has a dozen artisans who will be exhibiting their work over the weekend; and this will be the first of an ongoing mini festival in Gardenstown.

There will be exhibition venues around the village, all well mapped out in a leaflet, with a trail showing visitors what is where and how to get there.  There will be pottery, textiles, jewellery, paintings and prints, painted furniture, and photographs.  There will also be activities, art workshops, an evening talk about art and a creative writing session.  There are also places to have lovely food and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

The group, who all live and/or work in the village, are inspired by the beauty and often wild nature of the Banffshire Coast.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.

Weekend leaflets and maps can be found at local tourist offices and shops, and can be downloaded here.

Local Hero Village Back in Picture
Nov 8th 2012

Local Hero village Pennan is about to provide the backdrop for another film by a team of award-winning movie-makers.

Titanic actor Ewan Stewart will play one of the lead roles in Whistle My Lad when production starts in April 2013.  Billed as a tragic story of forbidden love set against the deep-rooted traditions of a fishing community in the early 1900s, it is being made by the crew behind the BAFTA-winning No More Shall We Part, which was also shot in the north-east.  The production team is determined to find north-east faces and voices for the project.  Scriptwriter Richard Burke used to live on the Banffshire Coast and worked as a coastal salmon fisherman at Macduff.  He and the team have revisited the area and settled on a number of locations around Pennan - made famous in Local Hero in 1983 - and nearby Gardenstown.

New Book Available - Old Gardenstown, with Crovie and Pennan
Nov 6th 2012

This collection, in addition to the picturesque photos of the fishing boats and harbours from which these communities made their livings, also contains fascinating social scenes from the 19th and early 20th centuries of the communities at work and at play.

Available from Edgehill Stores, Gardenstown or by contacting Kay Beaton, the author, at Purple Creative Design - kay@purplecreativedesign.co.uk

 

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

Humpback Whale Sighted for first time in decades
Jul 6th 2012

Marine experts have recorded a rare sighting of a humpback whale off the north-east coast; it is thought to be the first of its kind spotted in the Moray Firth for nearly a decade.  The spectacular mammal was less than 2 miles off Gamrie when it was seen by wildlife watchers from Banff-based North 58 Sea Adventures.

Minke whales are often seen in the Moray Firth during the summer months, but not humpbacks.  The last humpback whale in the Moray Firth is thought to have been in 2004.

Humpback whales, which can grow up to 45 feet, are still very rare in UK waters.  They were hunted to near extinction by whalers in the early 20th century, but scientists say they have been gradually making a comeback to north-east waters in recent years. 

Funding Delivers First Major Results
Feb 16th 2012

The first elements of ground-breaking marketing initiatives for the Banffshire Coast area have now been launched.  The website now contains a new section focusing on one of the area's key attractions, Dolphins and Marine Life, as well as ideas for Great Days Out along our coastline.  These features will make it easy for visitors to find useful information not only about the wildlife, but also about the best viewing points and the range of marine attractions to visit.  The three Marine and Wildlife Itineraries provide ideas for great days out along the coastline, giving visitors lots of reasons to spend time here, whether one day, a few days or longer.  In March, the new Area Guide will be launched.

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.)

Banffshire Coast Tourist Group Awarded Promotional Boost
Sep 30th 2011

Banffshire Coast Tourist Partnership were recently awarded £35,000 funding from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council.

Over the next 18 months, tourism businesses along the Banffshire Coast will have the opportunity to participate in several significant marketing initiatives, thanks to a recent funding award of £35,000.

The funding, from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council, will enable the Banffshire Coast Tourism Group to further develop and market the Banffshire Coast as a highly attractive visitor destination.

Roger Goodyear, Chair of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, commented: "This award is a fantastic opportunity to promote our area to both first time and returning visitors, and follows on from a very successful short marketing campaign run at the beginning of this year which resulted in visits to our website (www.banffshirecoast.com) rising by more than 1500%."

The four marketing initiatives fall under two themes - Outdoor and Ancestral.  A full-colour 48-page pocket Area Guide, to be distributed throughout Scotland and the Banffshire area, will contain high-quality imagery and editorial content to encourage both visits to and wider exploration of the area.  The other three initiatives will focus on the area's strengths of Marine Life, Walking and Birdwatching, and Ancestral.  They will all involve a combination of activities, including the creation of new sections for the website, e-flyer campaigns to targeted market segments, PR trips and familiarisation visits, as well as social media campaigns.  All four initiatives will provide tourism businesses in the area excellent opportunities to advertise their own individual offering.

Roger Goodyear commented further:  "The Banffshire Coast has a wide range of tourism attractions and services, but these have never been brought together in a way which is 'visitor friendly'.  The planned campaigns will draw all of these elements together in one place and promote comprehensive packages and itineraries to those with these specific interests - for the very first time.  We will be showing visitors just how they can spend their time in our area - whether one day, a few days or longer.  By focussing on the web and social media, we will be able to achieve more significant results than the traditional advertising routes which are out of the reach of our budget, as well as utilising the most up-to-date promotional tools.  We are very grateful to our 3 funding partners - without whom we would not be in a position to make this step change in tourism on the Banffshire Coast."

For more information, please contact:  Zillah Jamieson, Director, Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership Limited; 01542 840314; zillahj@btinternet.com

Puffin stars on camera
Aug 2nd 2011

A puffin has become the leading actor on TV cameras at Troup Head  bird reserve after it made its burrow right in front of the live bird-watching camera. The colourful little seabird can be watched entering and leaving its burrow, which may have chicks inside.

The final RSPB bird watching evening of the summer at Troup Head takes place on Tuesday, August 9 from 6pm-8pm.

As well as puffins, visitors will be able to watch at close hand the only mainland gannet colony in Britain, with RSPB experts on hand. There are 3,000 pairs of the beautiful seabirds nest on the towering cliffs every summer.

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