Since medieval times, the capital of old Banffshire has enjoyed a lively past as a successful fishing village. In the 1800s these duties switched to neighbouring Macduff. So Banff now is simply a picturesque seafront resort.
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Its most famous building is Duff House. This 18th-century Georgian mansion was built for the Earl of Fife. Now part of the National Gallery of Scotland it regularly commands exhibitions that other major city galleries would be proud of. It thus attracts thousands of visitors from all over the wolrd every year. An added bonus is the "back garden". This is a sumptuous 18-hole golf course hugged by the River Deveron.
Across town, the Colleonard Sculpture Park is a slightly less conventional example of local horticulture. An embrace of its sylvan surroundings, it features 14 monumental wooden statues. Some of these reaching up to 25 feet in height.
Just across the river in Macduff lies the Marine Aquarium, one of the region's most popular family attractions. A fun and informative day out, it's bolstered by the inclusion of many species native to the local Moray Firth.
The coast is also home to a number of sandy beaches, both immediate and further along the shore.
Every June a fleet of boats either depart Banff or descend upon it from Norway in the annual yacht race. As well as the spectacle itself, many land-based activities are on offer, including a fireworks show to congratulate the winner.