Gardenstown Banff Aberdeenshire
Learn about the local areaWhilst spending time in this beautiful area you can enjoy a multitude of activities including golf, riding, fishing, cycling and walking which is by no means an exhaustive list.
For those looking for less energetic experiences, why not explore the plentiful supply of dramatic ruins and historic buildings or seek out the many other idyllic places to slow down, rest, and take it easy with a book, sketch pad or easel.
GardenstownGamrie is a north facing, cliff hanging fishing community founded in 1720 by Alexander Garden of Troup.
What distinguishes Gardenstown is the way that it has clambered up the cliffside in short terraces of houses linked by a single curving road whose steepness is such that on one side it is below the base of the house above, but above the roof of those below.
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The determined explorer will find a village more French that English, its chateau roofs rising above the skyline, a singularly unspoiled and secluded mid/late 18th century community with typical Victorian additions.
Every inch the Royal fortress Fyvie Castle was visited by Alexander III, William the Lion, and Edward I in his punishing progress through Scotland in 1296.
The Castle is open to the public and demonstrates some excellent 17th century plasterwork and an outstanding collection of paintings.
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The first Town Council ruling in the new burgh of Macduff in 1783 was to prevent the citizens from throwing dung, ware and rubbish on the streets; boys were forbidden to steal fruit from gardens and there was to be no harbouring of vagrants and idle and sturdy beggars
Portsoy Marble is a fine vein of serpentine. It is a beautiful mixture of red, green and white, and is wrought into tea cups, vases, sleeve buttons and other small ornaments.
Marble is still polished in the workshop down by the harbour.
Once dependent upon fishing and smuggling in equal measure, it consists of a sturdy harbour and a north-facing crescent of beach-side two-storey cottages.
Banff's most prosperous period was the 16th-18th centuries during which the town attracted town houses of local gentry.
The appeal of the area was enhanced by the construction of Duff House by the Earl of Fife in 1735.
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The high cliffs of Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s only mainland gannet colony.
There are also thousands of kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills, along with several other species, including puffins. You may even be lucky enough to see porpoises, minke whales or dolphins offshore.
Sources and acknowledgements:
The source for the information above is Banff & Buchan An Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean.
Available by mail order from RIAS Bookshops ref ISBN:185158 231 2.