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Things to do Banffshire

We are up to Banff for a week in October. We have an 11 yr old daughter and a dog. My primary aim is to visit Pennan the location for my all time favourite film. However what else can we fill our week with, any ideas welcome as we don't know the east coast having always visited the west?
Born in the wrong country!


  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @Local_Her0. Cullen is another lovely little coastal village nearby which is well worth visiting. There are lots of lovely walks there and a beautiful sandy beach! I would also suggest you have a look on Walkhighlands, this will give you lots of suggestions for walks in the Banff/Buchan area, including the lovely Spey Bay by Buckie. 

    I hope this helps.  :)
  • Local_Her0Local_Her0 Member ✭✭
    Thank you. Cullen looks a nice wee place too.
    Born in the wrong country!
  • ScathachScathach Member ✭✭
    Don't forget Portsoy. Lovely harbour and great coastline!
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2018
    @Local_Her0 you’ll love it.  Pennan, Crovie, Portsoy are gorgeous - it’s a stunning coastline.  It’s one of my favourite parts of the country and sadly often overlooked by tourists.  I write a Scottish travel blog and have several posts with heaps of ideas for around Banff, Moray, Aberdeenshire.  I also travel with a wee dog.  I published a new blog yesterday that features Portsoy, Cullen and the surrounding area.  Under the Scotland section of my menu you’ll find more blogs covering the area under Aberdeenshire and Moray.

    I love the movie Local Hero too, it’s a classic.

    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 

  • ParsmanParsman Member ✭✭✭
    Your daughter may like MacDuff Aquarium, it is full of local sea life. There is also Duff House nearby, part of the National Galleries of Scotland. Family history demands that I mention Gardenstown among the small fishing villages but be careful, locally we know it as "Gamrie". If you travel a little further into Buchan there is a wonderful museum in Fraserburgh, the Scottish Lighthouse Museum based around the oldest publicly funded lighthouse in Scotland. And the other way, technically into Moray but tying in to your coastal visits, there is the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay.
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