Duff House

Top choice in Moray

One of Scotland's underappreciated treasures, Duff House is home to an art gallery with a superb collection of Scottish and European art, including important works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. The house is an impressive baroque mansion on the southern edge of Banff, built between 1735 and 1740 as the seat of the Earls of Fife. It was designed by William Adam and bears similarities to that other Adam masterpiece, Hopetoun House near Edinburgh.

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3. Portsoy Salmon Bothy

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4. Fordyce


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5. Joiner’s Workshop

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6. Fyvie Castle

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7. Huntly Castle

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