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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 …
Top Choice Cafe in Elgin

Drouthy Cobbler

This cafe-bar has a bistro-style menu that changes regularly but includes quality versions of popular dishes such as Cullen skink, mussels, bangers and mash, fish and chips and homemade burgers. It's tucked away up …
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…
Food & Drinks in Elgin

Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail is the world's largest specialist malt-whisky dealer. More than a century old and offering around 1000 different varieties, its Elgin shop is a place of pilgrimage for whisky connoisseurs, and …
Cultural in Portsoy

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Each year on the last weekend in June or first weekend in July, Portsoy harbour is home to this lively gathering of historic wooden sailing boats accompanied by sailing races­, live folk music, crafts demonstrations…
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 …