Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Banff & Macduff

Duff House

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 impres…
Top Choice Museum in Elgin

Elgin Museum

Scotland's oldest independent museum is an old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities, a captivating collection artfully displayed in a beautiful, purpose-built Victorian building. Exhibits range from Ecuadorian shrunken …
Wildlife Watching in Fochabers

Scottish Dolphin Centre

Based in a historic icehouse that used to store ice for preserving local salmon catches, this wildlife centre is one of the best land-based dolphin-spotting places in the country. The indoor attractions include feed…
Cultural Centre in Findhorn

Findhorn Foundation

The Findhorn Foundation is an international spiritual community founded in 1962. There’s a small permanent population of around 200, but the community receives thousands of visitors each year. With no formal creed, …
Forest in Findhorn

Culbin Forest

On the western side of Findhorn Bay is Culbin Forest, a vast swath of Scots and Corsican pine that was planted in the 1940s to stabilise the shifting sand dunes that buried the Culbin Estate in the 17th century. The…
Village in Portsoy

Fordyce

This impossibly picturesque village lies about 3 miles southwest of Portsoy. The main attractions are the 13th-century St Tarquin's Church, with its extraordinary canopied Gothic tombs, and the impressive 16th-centu…
Museum in Dufftown

Whisky Museum

As well as housing a selection of distillery memorabilia (try saying that after a few drams), the Whisky Museum holds ‘nosing and tasting evenings’ in the Commercial Hotel, where you can learn what to look for in a …
Cathedral in Elgin

Elgin Cathedral

Many people think that the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, known as the 'lantern of the north', are the most beautiful and evocative in Scotland; its octagonal chapter house is the finest in the country. Consecrated in 12…
Aquarium in Banff & Macduff

Macduff Marine Aquarium

The centrepiece of Macduff's aquarium is a 400,000L open-air tank, complete with kelp-coated reef and wave machine. Marine oddities on view include the brightly coloured cuckoo wrasse, the warty-skinned lumpsucker a…
Museum in Aberlour

Knockando Woolmill

Hidden in a fold of the hills 5 miles west of Aberlour, Knockando is a rare survival of an 18th-century woollen mill that has been lovingly restored to full working order. The ancient looms clank away Tuesday to Fri…