We do like to be beside the seaside…
The fact that our area has been largely untouched by modern development perhaps speaks volumes about the traditional values that we uphold. And that may well be the reason why generations of families continue to make an annual pilgrimage to the area to enjoy the most traditional of British pastimes – the seaside holiday.
Here you will find grandparents and their grandchildren paddling in the waves, teenagers getting their first ever taste of surfing, parents stretching out on the sand and relaxing with a good read, and people keeping an eye out for dolphins as they stroll along rugged coastal paths. This place, which offers such an authentic seaside experience, really is for everyone.
But if a visit to the seaside conjures up images of a beach where no inch of sand is left uncovered by picnic blankets, then think again. Due to the fact that the area is still largely undiscovered by hoards of sun-seeking tourists, you won’t have to fight the crowds to find a prime spot to enjoy your day out.
The Banffshire Coast offers traditional seaside fun by the plastic bucket load, from building sandcastles on the golden sands of Cullen beach to searching for sea-dwelling beasties with a bandy net among the rocks of Tarlair. And best of all, the water lapping our beaches is among some of the cleanest bathing water that is to be found anywhere in Europe.
While popular beaches such as Banff Links and Sandend are easily accessible, there are lots more hidden gems which are off-the-beaten track. Finding quiet, secluded spots such as Cullykhan Bay and Sunnyside Beach at Cullen is half the fun and the stuff adventures are made of.
After a day spent breathing in the salty sea air and watching the waves crash on the shore, you’ll have built up an appetite. Why not get some fish and chips, and eat them straight from the wrapper while sitting at one of the local viewpoints? Cullen and Portsoy also boasts some of the finest ice cream producers in Scotland: they create everything from traditional vanilla to more exotic flavours such as sticky toffee pudding.
If a day at the seaside is rained off, you’ll find indoor attractions such as Macduff Marine Aquarium, The Salmon Bothy at Portsoy, Duff House, ten-pin bowling and children’s play centres right on the doorstep.
The Banffshire Coast has an outstanding range of accommodation geared up for families and large groups – self-catering cottages right by the sea, and great value caravan parks, campsites and glamping which offer simply priceless views.