Visit Macduff and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Macduff, Aberdeenshire. Banff has its past but Macduff has its future. So they will tell you, but, although its history under its present name has been brief, Macduff lies on the eastern Bay of Doune, across the river from Banff, under its hill-top parish church, like a jewel waiting to catch the glow of the Moray Firth's peerless sunsets. It has one of the most pleasing waterfronts in Scotland — all the more attractive because it is not merely picturesque but bustling with life and activity.
But although Macduff has been so called since the 16th of January 1783, after its rebuilding by the Earl of Fife, it had existed under another name for several centuries before then. Those startlingly steep streets that swoop down to the waterfront traverse what was once the fishing and crofter township of Down or Doune, part of the ancient thanage of Glendowachy belonging to the earls of Buchan, one of whom in 1528 succeeded in having Down made a free burgh of barony. The 1st Earl of Fife acquired the place in 1733. The 2nd Earl lavished a great deal of money and effort on its development, building the first harbour in 1768. The church on the Hill of Doune dates from 1805. From 1815, when herring fishing and curing began at the port, progress was spectacular.
This district is associated with Johnny Gibb of Gushetneuk by William Alexander, the great prose classic of the Aberdeenshire dialect. Those who are not deterred by the inevitable difficulties of reading a work like this, in which the dialogue is entirely accurate in its representation of the actual speech of country people of the North and East in the first half of the 19th century, should certainly make a point of reading it.
Nearby towns: Banff, Portsoy, Turriff
Nearby villages: Aberchirder, Boyndie, Buchan, Clunie, Cornhill, Crovie, Cuminestown, Cushnie, Dunlugas, Fordyce, Gamrie, Gardenstown, Garmond, Gordonstown, Kirktown of Alvah, Longmanhill, Marnoch, Mountblairy, Newbyth, Pennan, Plaidy, Rothiemay, Sandend, Whitehills
Have you decided to visit Macduff or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Macduff bed and breakfast (a Macduff B&B or Macduff b and b)
- a Macduff guesthouse
- a Macduff hotel (or motel)
- a Macduff self-catering establishment, or
- other Macduff accommodation