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.
Banff is situated on Banff Bay in the northern area of Aberdeenshire where it has existed since medieval times. There is a huge amount of history in this little town including a pre-reformation market cross, a tollbooth, the gorgeous 18th-century Duff House is nearby and of course the lovely harbour lies here which now mainly serves leisure craft. Although the boom years of the herring trade are over there is 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 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.
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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