Destination guide

A charming fishing village on Banff Bay

Situated on Banff Bay, across from its sister village of Macduff and at the mouth of the River Deveron, sits a historic little port town called Banff. Surrounded by lush green grass and colorful fishing boats knocking together in the bay, Banff even has its own castle, the ruins of which are now a popular attraction and photography spot. It's the picturesque Scottish town of your dreams, and the only way to make a visit better is ending it cozied up in a Banff vacation rental, wool blanket and a cuppa in hand.

Things to do

Take a journey back in time

Though small, Banff and its sister village of Macduff are full of history. Visit the Duff House, a stately Georgian mansion dating back to the 1700s, and play golf on the course at Duff House Royal. Tour the local Museum of Banff, which is one of the oldest museums in Scotland, and explore the ruins of Banff Castle, which also has an adjacent museum. The relaxed pace of local life is the real attraction, so be sure to set time aside to slow things down and enjoy your Banff vacation rental.


Enjoy the simple life

Banff is the perfect place to go for a walk. No matter the weather, throw on some wellies and stroll around the harbor, waving at the local fisherman, or join the seabirds down on the beach. Visit the local castle ruins, or, if golf is your game, strutt your stuff on the nearby course. Life is slow in Banff, but take time to enjoy its history, as well as some of the local restaurants and shops. Banff is also home to 2 festivals - COAST, held each May to celebrate the arts, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival.


Dramatic weather for dramatic landscapes

Banff's temperatures are fairly mild throughout the year, falling to the 40s in winter and rising to the 60s in summer. The amount of rainfall, however, is certainly above average. There's plenty of Scottish fog around the bay, with low, gray clouds for much of the year. Winter days are short, with only a few hours of brightness, while summer days feel endless. June through August is your best bet for seeing Banff in the sunshine, but pack an extra sweater... err, jumper, as the locals say. It's bound to be chilly, even at the height of summer.

Natural features

Rolling hills and rocking waves

Though Banff once operated as a commercial fishing port, today, the only fisherman in the harbor are there for pure leisure. Thanks to its spot on the estuary of the River Deveron, Banff has access to one of the top salmon rivers in Scotland. The rolling hills provide a dramatic landscape behind Banff, and offer an excellent vantage point for taking in the sea views from above. Whether you're in a Banff vacation rental right in town or set along the sandy coast, it's a safe bet you'll never tire of the local views.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Banff

The nearest airport is in Aberdeen (ABZ), located 33.3 mi (53.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Banff?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 181 vacation rentals near Banff. From 87 Houses to 4 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Banff for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Banff?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Banff. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Duff House: 182 vacation rentals
  • Huntly Station: 198 vacation rentals
  • Fraserburgh Heritage Centre: 68 vacation rentals
  • Fyvie Castle: 132 vacation rentals
  • Glendronach Distillery: 214 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Banff listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Banff?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 87 Houses in Banff. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Banff include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 85 rentals available
  • Cottages: 85 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Banff?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Banff. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.