A Georgian mansion dating back to 1740, Duff House was designed by renowned Scottish architect William Adam. The country manor is known for its ornate Baroque exterior and estate of landscaped gardens. It was refurbished by the National Galleries of Scotland in the 1990s and is now a destination for its collection of Renaissance and Scottish art.
In the 20th century, the manor house was used as a hotel, prisoner-of-war camp, and sanatorium. Since its refurbishment, Duff House once again attracts architecture buffs and art enthusiasts for both its impressive structure and the contents of its galleries. The scenic grounds draw locals and travelers for walks along the River Deveron. Visitors interested in history may want to investigate the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that offers free entry to over 75 attractions across the country.
Things to know before you go
*Duff House is a must-see attraction for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and families seeking educational opportunities. *Wear or bring waterproof shoes if you plan on exploring the grounds; hikers can set out on a five-mile circular walk from Duff House to the historic Bridge of Alvah. *An elevator provides wheelchair access to all gallery floors.
How to get there
Duff House is located in Banff, on the northeast coast of Scotland. The nearest city is Aberdeen, which is approximately a one-hour drive away. Most visitors arrive by car and there is free parking on-site.
When to get there
This architectural landmark is open all year round, with longer hours from April to October and limited hours from November to March. The summer months are the most popular time of year for international travelers to Scotland and extended daylight in the evening makes this time of year especially attractive. Choose a weekday over a weekend for the most peaceful experience.