Scotland is an excellent place to explore both historic and beautiful

From a round of golf on some of the most amazing courses to a dram of whisky along the whisky trail .. or perhaps your passion lies with Scottish culture. Whatever you fancy we have created a list of some of our favourite local activities...



Scotland is the home of golf, and we are exceptionally lucky to have many amazing courses right on our doorstep.

With both Royal Tarlair and Duff House Royal within hitting distance and various others such as Trump International Golf Links, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Turriff, Cullen Links and Buckpool. The Banff Springs Hotel provides the perfect location to relax after a long day on the golf course.

We can create bespoke packages to meet your individual requirements.

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The North East 250 takes you on a journey that explores Scotland’s rich heritage and culture all in one spectacular route.

The route takes you along the North Sea coastline, through the Moray Firth’s picture-perfect seaside towns, Speyside’s Famous Whisky Distilleries, the breath-taking mountain ranges in the Cairngorm National Park, notorious castles in Royal Deeside and Aberdeen, the Granite City. More information can be found on the North East 250’s own website.

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Whisky Trail

Starting only half an hour from the hotel, the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail starts in Keith and takes you round eight distilleries and one cooperage.

Visitors get the chance to have a tour around each distillery and, of course, taste the different whiskies they have on offer.

Each distillery is different with its own traditions, lore, and recipes for everything from malting the barley to the height and size of its stills. In return, each distillery offers a unique experience with different tastes, history, and sights. On return to the hotel, you can enjoy a dram of Whisky as you unwind in our Lounge Bar.

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The Deveron River is a well-kept secret and anglers return year after year, generation after generation.

The river is approximately 55-60 miles long and it flows from the Cabrach eastwards towards Huntly and then pursues a winding course through Turriff and finally flowing into the Moray Firth between the fishing communities of Banff and Macduff.

The Deveron River fishing season starts on the 11th of February and closes on the 31st of October. Sea trout start from mid-May through to July. The grilse runs start in June and July and extend well into September and often into October. Excellent dry-fly fishing for Brown trout is available in April and May. After a long day on the river why not come and relax within our warm and friendly lounge where you can sample some of the local malts and dine from our extensive restaurant menu.

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Other Activities

The town of Banff is home to the historic Duff House, which houses a collection of fine paintings and furniture.

There are also ample walking opportunities on the grounds, a children’s playground, a shop, and a tearoom. Over the bridge in Macduff, you can find Macduff Aquarium, perfect for a day out with the children. Or visit The Platform in Macduff for lifestyle, home, and gifts. A 5 star Visit Scotland attraction situated in the old railway station, a bit of history while you enjoy a spot of shopping.

Fancy a walk? … Our reception team can advise on the best local walks.

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