Banffshire Coast News

Display Turns Focus on Boyndie Wildlife
Jul 9th 2014

A new display has been built in the gardens of the Boyndie Trust Visitor Centre, detailing the range of plants, birds and wildlife that can be found there.  The information boards also showcase the shrubs and trees that have been planted over the years.

The display is a great piece of work done by a young local wildlife enthusiast, Harris Brooker, who spent several weeks as part of his college studies exploring every inch of the Boyndie gardens, then recording and researching all the species he found.  A fascinating database has been created.

From research done by the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, the huge richness of wildlife across Aberdeenshire, and particularly on the Banffshire Coast, is a major draw for visitors.

The Macduff Marine Aquarium showcases marine species, and likewise Troup Head for seabirds.  Boyndie can now showcase the inland species we all take for granted in our gardens and countryside.  Boyndie is a great place to help visitors and locals alike appreciate the area's natural beauty. 

A further part of the display is inside the visitor centre building, where cameras show live images and sounds of wild birds feeding at a specially constructed station in the gardens.  There is also a "nest box cam" on the roof, and it is hoped it will attract a resident bird family in 2015. 

Whitehills Marina becomes first in the UK to receive gold anchor award
Aug 18th 2013

Whitehills Marina has been awarded a Gold Anchor from The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), and is the UK's first self-assessed One Gold Anchor marina.  The accolade follows the marina winning in the Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise and the Alick Buchanan Smith Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2004.

With 40 berths, Whitehills boasts a full marina with a few visitor berths for those sailors looking to sail along the coast to Inverness, down the Caledonian Canal and on to the sailing waters of the west coast of Scotland.  The marina also attracts many Scandinavian sailors.

The recently opened fish restaurant, The Galley, has been a popular addition to its facilities, which also include a crew lounge and kitchen, washing machines and tumble-dryers. 

To receive the award, marinas have to demonstrate that they are constructed to be secure, built to be operated to a satisfactory standard with suitable facilities and offer a minimum standard of customer service, as well as confirming that they are compliant with all regulatory requirements.

To celebrate the award, the marina team has painted a large gold anchor in pride of place at the marina entrance.

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

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