Banff is situated on the Moray Firth coast at the mouth of the River Deveron, and this Royal Burgh is an old county town. The history of Banff stretches back to the 12th century, and the town features many period houses from the 17th and 18th century that have since been restored and conserved.
The once busy port is now used more as a recreational one. Banff consists of a grand Georgian upper town and the older Scotstown by the harbour. William Adam’s magnificent 1730 mansion Duff House operates as an outstation for The National Galleries of Scotland. Its grounds are extensive, offering very pleasant woodland walks. The town also has a wide range of local amenities.