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Enjoy the Heritage and Nature of Banff and Buchan

Whether you are looking for a Scottish break that involves heritage or nature, the north-east coastline could be the place for you.
The area around Banff and Buchan offers both natural attractions and historic sites in abundance.
If enjoying the great outdoors seems like the ideal way to spend a holiday staying in mansions in Scotland then you will not be disappointed.
The cliffs and beaches provide a spectacular backdrop for walkers, while the Buchan coastline offers water sports for those who are brave enough to get wet.
If you are feeling particularly energetic, you may decide to hire a bike and spend a day on two wheels exploring the rolling farmland and pristine beaches that Banff and Buchan offer.
Alternatively, you could make the most of the wildlife reserves that can be found in the area, such as the Loch of Strathbeg, which is haven for birdlife.
If you want to combine the outdoor attractions with a visit to a historic site, then you will not be disappointed.
While you may be able to rent a castle in Scotland, it is still worthwhile visiting Slains castle, which is situated on the cliff tops near Cruden Bay.
A fortress has been present on the site since 1200 but the current building dates back to the late 16th century.
It has been left to fall into ruin, however, the building is still impressive and its location adds to the drama of the scene.
The nearby harbour town of Peterhead is a good place to visit for refreshments and if you want to find out more about its maritime history then you could visit its museum dedicated to this subject.
Further north, Banff is a must-visit town while staying in Scottish holiday accommodation in the area.
Described as the "cultural centre" of this stretch of coast, Banff boasts several buildings that date back to the 16th century, making it the most architecturally important town in Scotland.
Another heritage attraction in the area is Duff House, which boasts an extensive permanent collection of both paintings and antique furniture.
It often hosts interesting visiting exhibitions because it is an outpost of National Galleries Scotland.

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