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Visitor Attractions

The Banffshire Coast offers a range of attractions to suit all ages - whether focussing on our fishing heritage, historical roots, coastline, wildlife, aviation heritage, or offering eating, shopping and whisky-tasting experiences.

More details are available below, including:-

  • Banff Museum:  one of Scotland's oldest museums
  • Boyndie Visitor Centre: for eating, shopping, walking and a small collection of aviation artefacts
  • Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre:  a volunteer-run centre where you can discover the unique fishing history of the Buckie area, with an extensive range of photographs, numerous artefacts on display and a splendid collection of model boats
  • Delgatie Castle and Tearoom:  boasting some of the finest painted ceilings in Scotland, as well as the award-winning Laird's Kitchen tearoom
  • Duff House:  an historic country house dating back to 1735 and 5-star Visitor Attraction
  • Glenglassaugh Distillery: one of Scotland's oldest distilleries
  • Macduff Marine Aquarium:  one of the top visitor attractions in the North East providing a fascinating insight into our local marine environment - with innovative exhibits, a central kelp exhibit unique in Britain, touch pools, live gannetcam link to Troup Head, regular presentations, feed shows and free quizzes/colouring sheets for kids
  • Museum of Scottish Lighthouses:  a purpose-built museum built around the first lighthouse constructed on mainland Scotland
  • Portsoy Salmon Bothy:  a museum of maritime artefacts and venue for lively folk events.

The area is also an excellent base for exploring to the east, west and south. 

The Malt Whisky Trail is within easy driving distance of the coast and makes a pleasant day trip. You don’t have to be a whisky connoisseur to enjoy a visit to a distillery as there is plenty to interest the whole family including guided tours, coffee shops and gift shops. Also of interest is the Speyside Cooperage with its award-winning visitor centre.  Further information can be found at: www.maltwhiskytrail.com

The Banffshire Coast is perfectly placed for following the Castle Trail - starting right on the doorstep with Duff House in Banff.  Featuring 11 of the most interesting castles and fortified houses in the region, the Trail offers a wonderful insight into the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of North-East Scotland.  Many also provide woodland walks, coffee shops and special events to ensure an enjoyable day out.  Further information can be found at www.visitscotland.com/castletrail

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