The Out About Scotland complete guide to The Banff Heritage Trail
What’s this attraction all about?
Banff is situated on Banff Bay in the northern part of Aberdeenshire where it has existed since medieval times. There’s a huge amount of history in this little town including a pre-reformation market cross, a tollbooth, the gorgeous 18th-century Duff House, and of course the lovely harbour which now mainly serves leisure craft. Although the boom years of the herring trade are over there’s still a thriving fishing community alive and well in Banff with plenty of lobster creel boats to watch as they travel in and out of the harbour.
As the town has become popular with tourists as there are several cafes to stop at for refreshments as you make your way around the historical points of interest on this walk, and the views across Banff Harbour are worth the journey alone.Read more...
What can you do there?
There’s plenty to see in this wee town as you follow the heritage trail including the community-run Banff Museum and the quaint harbour as well as a couple of first-class golf courses nearby. The town itself offers a nice walk but to be honest the Banff Heritage Trail won’t take you long to walk around and you’ll complete it in an hour or so, but this gives you more time to explore the magnificent Duff House that’s situated on the outskirts of Banff.
If you can, try to visit Banff on a summer day and take a walk from Scotstown – which has a few very quaint old fisherman’s cottages – to the very nice golden sandy beach at Banff Links. This is a lovely walk and it complements the Banff Heritage Trail really well so you’ll get to see both the countryside and urban part of the town in just a couple of hours.
What I liked about this attraction
- Banff is a lovely historic coastal town
- The trail is a great way to explore Banff
- It’s close to Duff House so it’s easy to combine both attractions in one day
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction
This 2-mile walking route should only take around an hour to complete.
Easy. The Banff heritage trail is perfect for a nice and easy stroll and anyone of any fitness level should be able to complete it without any problems. The walk is comprised of well-constructed urban pavements so it’s accessible at all times of the year.
Starting from Telford View at the north end of the town, follow the road south as it hugs the shoreline past the marina. This is a great place to stop and take a photo of the bobbing fishing boats before continuing south to the junction of the B9142. Turn west and then take the road north for a short way up High Shore Road.
There are two points of interest to take a look at here. The first is the medieval Kirkyard of Banff, and the second is Old St. Mary’s Church a little further on. After viewing both sites double back to the B9142 and take the Back Path road onto Castle Street.
The majority of the rest of the trail runs through the town centre on this road, but the next point of interest to view is the Museum of Banff which houses a fascinating exhibition about the history of the town. Further on you will see the old townhouses of the High Street with their distinctive red and oatmeal coloured finishes, while traditional stonework buildings like the early 18th-century Old Brewery building are remarkably well-preserved.
Heading back in the direction of the marina you will arrive at the junction of Clunie Street. Follow this road west, then turn north up Fife Street and east along Battery Green. Points to note on this section are Clunie Street where you will see the Chalmers Hospital and Fife Street where you will walk past the old fishing cottages, while Battery Green was once the location of 18th-century cannons that were installed due to the ongoing threat of French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars.
The very last section of the Banff heritage trail will lead you back to your starting point at the northern spit of the harbour.
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Prices and opening times
There is no fee to walk the Banff Heritage Trail.
The trail is open 24/7, 365 days a year.