a string of pleasant resorts and ports, interspersed with fabulous
scenery around the north-east of Scotland. There are also brilliant
beaches, wildlife reserves and golf courses.
Banff and Buchan covers the far north-east coast of Scotland,
roughly from Buckie on the north-facing coast, to Cruden Bay,
north of Aberdeen. Inland, the landscape is dominated by farmland,
while the coastline is dramatic in places, with rugged cliffs
and extensive sand dunes.
places to visit, explore and stay are dotted along the coast,
from fishing ports such as Peterhead and Fraserburgh
to more touristy seaside resorts such as Banff and Portsoy. Highlights,
roughly going around the coast from the south, include: Dracula-inspiring
Slain's Castle; seabirds and giant cliff scenery at Bullers o'
Buchan, the fish-tastic port of Peterhead, thousands of wintering
birds at Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve, superb sandy beaches
at Rattray and Sandend, the lighthouse museum at Kinnaird Head,
chateau-like Fyvie Castle, the characterful resorts of historic
Banff, MacDuff, Portsoy, Cullen (with its famous skink) and Buckie,
cracking coastal scenery at Portknockie, and great golf courses
For the walkers there are miles of coastal trails, sandy beaches
and rocky coves to explore or if you travel slightly further
afield you can follow the Whisky Trail to the Speyside glens
of Fiddich and Livet or follow the Castle Trails and view Grampian's
famed historical castles and gardens.