Things To Do

Long sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, dense woodlands and towering hills make up the picturesque Moray Firth Coast and abundant rich culture and heritage offerings of Aberdeenshire.

Macduff and nearby Banff, offer the chance to enjoy a slower, relaxed pace, with plenty to see and do in the towns and nearby.

For outdoor enthusiasts the area offers a plentiful supply of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing in the River Deveron and a variety of golf courses including Royal Tarlair Golf Course in Macduff and Duff House Royal Golf Club in Banff.

Macduff Marine Aquarium, just a few minutes’ walk away from The Knowes Hotel showcases the variety of sea life found on our shores sure to entertain the family.  Duff House, a category A listed Georgian estate house owned by the National Trust for Scotland, houses period exhibitions and is surrounded by woodland walking routes.

A short drive from Macduff, visitors can explore the picturesque and quaint small former fishing villages of Pennan, Crovie, Gardenstown and Whitehills or watch fishing trawlers leave the port in Macduff destined for the North Sea and their next catch. Enjoy a leisurely walk along long sandy beaches at Banff, Sandend or Cullen or sample the delicious local home-made ice cream from Portsoy Ice Cream, whilst admiring the town’s charming 17th Century harbour.

Further afield, visitors can enjoy the Malt Whisky Trail, which starts in Keith and journeys across nine distilleries and cooperages across the Speyside whisky region.  Macduff is also on the North East 250 driving route which showcases the north east of Scotland area and all it has to offer.

Annual events in the locality include Cornhill Highland Games held in early June, Portsoy’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival held in late June / early July and Scotland’s largest two-day agricultural show, Turriff Show, held in August.

Aberdeen City Centre is around an hour’s drive by car from Macduff, with Inverness to the west approximately 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive by car.  Regular Stagecoach Bus services travel between the two cities via Macduff.

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The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant Aberdeenshire Sunset View
The Old Harbour in Portsoy on the Moray Firth Coast. Credit - S Gale
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Plan a Bespoke Tour

With our network of local tour providers on hand, we can help you create your ideal tour to enjoy during your stay at The Knowes Hotel.  

Why not take a chauffeured tour across the Speyside whisky trail and enjoy the finest malts, or emerging small batch local Scottish gins, follow the historic castle trail across the north east, or even journey to the Scottish Highlands for the day!  

Our tour operators offer bespoke tours tailored to fit your requirements, in modern, clean and hygienic minibuses, with experienced driver and tour guide.  Lunches and drinks to be enjoyed on route are also available from the Knowes Hotel.

 Contact us in advance and we will be pleased to help you to create the perfect experience.