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The Banffshire Journal
For many years the Banffie has been the prime source of local news. It carries most of the press releases from the Boat Festival and covers it very well in the summer.
A' the best fae Banffshire
In 2004 the Banffshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society (RSCDS) published a book of locally inspired dances to celebrate their 75th anniversary. There is now also a CD to accompany the book
About Aberdeen
The information guide to the best attractions and places to visit in Aberdeenshire Scotland
The coastal trail
The coastline of the north-east of Scotland is one of the most fascinating, unspoilt and varied stretches of any in Britain. Many of the communities which have grown up by the edge of the sea have at one time earned their living from it.
Today the touring visitor can enjoy not just the picturesque former fishing villages and the larger fishing ports but also unspoilt beaches, spectacular cliffs, wildlife galore, eating out opportunities, heritage centres and museums, castle visiting - in short, the ingredients of a perfect break in some of the most distinctive and characterful parts of Scotland.
The Banffshire Coast, Scotland’s Treasure
Yet to discover Banffshire Coast? Explore what makes this part of Scotland so unique with our fascinating online guide
Break away to Banff & Macduff
The area offers the visitor an abundance of activities - golfing - walking - cycling - fishing - ten pin bowling - swimming - painting holidays. Eating out is primarily traditionally Scottish, but don't be surprised if you find an international influence. Chefs here love the opportunity to use the freshest of locally caught seafood and adapt it to their own culinary skills.

The Environment

Scottish Natural Heritage
Our task is to secure the conservation and enhancement of Scotland's unique and precious natural heritage - the wildlife, the habitats and the landscapes which have evolved in Scotland through the long partnership between people and nature. Our work also includes access, education, landscape, casework, renewables and greenspace
AURORA Environmental
AURORA Environmental strives to be a market leader in the provision of high quality independent environmental consultancy services to the oil and gas, aquaculture and other marine, coastal and island industries.


The Banffshire Coast, Scotland’s Treasure
Yet to discover Banffshire Coast? Explore what makes this part of Scotland so unique with our fascinating online guide
Castle of Park
The beautiful and historic Castle of Park, hidden away in a secluded tree-lined park near the Moray coast in North-east Scotland, is gaining a new reputation for warm hospitality, great food and elegant accommodation. Park is famous for its first-rate Painting courses / holidays and Creative Writing courses, its Castle Parties, Getaway weekends, exclusive and intimate Business meetings and events - and, of course, unforgettable Castle Weddings...
The Creative Retreat
Welcome to a space in which to invent, create, devise and think, or simply have a holiday, in an unspoiled coastal hideaway on the Banffshire Coast in North East Scotland. We provide comfortable self catering accommodation with access to unique artist studio spaces suitable for any number of activities - arts courses, creative holidays, a country retreat and time to relax.
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.


Whitehills Marina
Whitehills is a Trust Harbour, established by Act of Parliament in 1895, and is fully maintained and run by nine elected Commissioners from the village. It has been run this way since the Harbour was built in 1900. Whitehills was a very successful fishing port up until 1999, when due to changes in the fishing industry, the Commissioners decided to develop it as a Marina. This has proved to be an outstanding success as you will see if you visit the website, or indeed the marina itself!
Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre exists to preserve the rich fishing heritage of Buckie and District and to provide assistance to research and gather information on the past, present and future history of this area. There are currently over 440 members worldwide.
The Heritage Cottage is staffed by volunteers on a rota basis. It contains an extremely large collection of artefacts many of which are not on display due to the lack of space. The majority of the artefacts have been gifted by local people. Our collection of model boats is one of the largest in the North East of Scotland and albums available for perusal by the public contain well over 7000 photographs. A comprehensive database is available which lists all boats built in local boatyards. A small reference library of local history and fishing boats is maintained for the use of the members and visitors
The Green Blue
If you are in the marine business, enjoy boating or are a watersports enthusiast, the Green Blue has practical advice and information to help you think and act in an environmentally conscious way. Inland or coastal, individual or boating business, there is something here for you.
By taking a few simple steps, you can keep future costs down and sustain high quality water and local environments. Backed by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association, The Green Blue is testing out practical projects, conducting research and providing advice, to help recreational boating go green.
Macduff Marine Aquarium
 Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea. The aquarium’s deep central exhibit, which displays a living kelp reef, is the only one of its kind in Britain and divers hand feed the fish on a regular basis. 
Join North 58° Sea Adventures, and the powerboat Buchaneer, for an exhilarating tour of the Moray Firth coastline and a fantastic wildlife watching experience.
Puffin Cruises offer daily sightseeing and fishing trips from Macduff Harbour along the scenic Moray Firth coastline which has an abundance of sea and bird life that includes puffins, whales and dolphins.
Sail Hebrides

"10th Anniversary Hebridean Maritime Festival"  14-19 July 08
Stornoway Harbour, Outer Hebrides

Traditional and modern boats welcome to sea and land attractions - sailing challenges, dinghy tuition, BBQ, free berthing, music, cooking and receptions.


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