Local Area


A magnificent mansion designed by William Adam and built between 1735 and 1740 as the seat of the Earls of Fife. Now a Country House Gallery with an outstanding collection of paintings, tapestries and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. There is a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures and outdoor events. You can also enjoy a relaxing walk through woodland alongside the River Deveron. This is walking distance from Carmelite House.


Scotland has a wealth of castles and ancient fortifications and this North East shoulder of Scotland has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Take the Castle Trail and be captivated by the majesty, romance and legend of Scotland?s proud heritage. Our two favourites are Delgatie Castle and Fyvie Castle. Delgatie is a small castle which has retained its atmosphere of a lived in home. It has some of the finest painted ceilings in Scotland. It has an award winning coffee house. Fyvie Castle provides a contrast with its collection of furniture, arms, armour and paintings along with a splendid walled garden.


Scotland is famous the world over for its malt whisky. No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to at least one of the distilleries and sampling the delights of our 'water of life'. There are seven distilleries on this trail along with an historic distillery, Dallas Dhu in Forres. Strathisla and Glenfiddich are the nearest to us and are well worth a visit.

COASTAL TRAILĀ - a heritage shaped by the sea

You will find some of the best coastlines in Scotland. There is some 150 miles of craggy cliff tops with secret coves;unspoilt, sandy beaches;quaint fishing villages with picturesque harbours;secluded bays all combining to make a landscape of exquisite contrasts. Troup Head is the only mainland gannet colony in Scotland and you can access it by car or take a boat trip along the coast and hopefully see the dolphins. Our favourites include the Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum, Aberdour Bay caves, the village of Pennan, which was the setting for the film 'Local Hero' and the Bow Fiddle rock near Cullen.


The Marine Aquarium in Macduff brings the marine life of the Moray Firth to the visitor with tanks of all shapes and sizes. Get a feel for seashore life at the touch pools. Watch the divers feed the fish.

The newest arrivals to the Aquarium are seahorses. The short-snouted seahorses typically live in coral reefs but have been found living amongst algae and seagrasses around Shetland, along the West coast and even in the North Sea. The Aquarium has been given some captive-bred seahorses by the Zoological Society of London.


Boating companies based at Banff and Macduff offer sightseeing, wildlife and bird watching or fishing boat trips on the Moray Firth.

Sail east of Banff past Gardenstown, Crovie and "Local Hero" village of Pennan to explore the coastline which houses large breeding colonies of seabirds. The RSPB site at Troup Head is the only gannet colony in mainland Scotland.

Sail west of Banff, passing Portsoy and Sandend to the ruins of 13th century Findlater castle.

Sea angling trips available.


Duff House Walk –10km woodland walk via the impressive Bridge of Alvah built in 1772, Montcoffer House, Macduff Distillery and out onto the main road, turning left, crossing the bridge and return to Duff House.

Banff to Whitehills –5km (one way) coastal walk along Banff Links and the caravan site to the walled marina at Whitehills.

Portsoy to Cullen –13km (one way) cliff top walk through Sandend, the ruins of Findlater castle the two fine old harbours of Portsoy and Cullen. The two towns are linked by a bus service.
This walk is unsuitable for young children, the elderly and pets.

Gardenstown to Crovie –4km short walk around Gamrie Bay (parts may be impassable at high tide.)

Pennan to Aberdour Bay –6km (one way) along coastal paths and farm tracks to the beach and caves of Aberdour Bay. No public transport available from Aberdour Bay