Things to do in Banff, Aberdeenshire
Located on the North Sea coast of Aberdeenshire, the town of Banff looks across the Deveron River estuary to the neighbouring town of Macduff.
Banff Castle was constructed in 1163AD to defend the area against persistent Viking raiders.
Richard de Strathewan was the first recorded Sheriff of Banff in 1264.
The town received its charter from Robert the Bruce in 1324, and in 1372 it was given Royal Burgh status.15th-century, the town was a major exporter of salmon to Europe, which was quite an achievement as Banff had no harbour until 1775!
Banff's infrastructure bears the name of several well-known engineers in their day.
Civil engineer John Smeaton built Banff Harbour and completed the seven-arched bridge that still spans the unpredictable River Deveron.
Thomas Telford created the North Breakwater and the outer basin of the harbour in 1818 along with the construction of the lighthouse.
Once a flourishing fishing and cargo port, Banff marina is now primarily used by leisure craft.
During his imprisonment, he wrote the famous "MacPherson's Rant" which he sang beneath the gallows and then smashed his fiddle.
He had been captured several times before but always managed to be rescued by influential supporters.
Fearful that once again a pardon would be forthcoming from the Lord of Grant, the town clock was moved forward 15 minutes and MacPherson was hanged before the pardon could be delivered.
Present Day Banff
Described as a "miniature Edinburgh", Banff has some fine Georgian architecture which has attracted famous visitors from Scottish poet Robert Burns to actor Timothy Spall OBE, best known as "Wormtail" in the Harry Potter films.
The crumbling remains of Banff Castle lend an air of antiquity and contrast sharply with the grandeur of Duff House, built in 1740 as the seat of the Earls of Fife.National Gallery of Scotland.
Things to Do in Banff
Those wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh sea air and beauty of the Banff area will enjoy walking on the beach spotting dolphins and seals or perhaps playing a round of golf at the Duff House Royal Golf Club.Andrew Carnegie.
Look out for the oldest surviving silver teapot in Scotland, one of the museums' more unusual exhibits!
Visitors to Banff in late May will be in for a treat as it hosts the COAST Festival of Visual Arts.
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