Banff became a royal burgh in the 12th century, giving merchants international trading rights. It has many historic buildings, including the highest number of Georgian listed buildings in Scotland outside Edinburgh. Banff prospered on coastal and overseas trade, and was also well known for high quality silversmithing.

Macduff was previously the tiny village of Doune. The fortunes of the village were transformed when the wealthy Duff family decided to build a harbour here. James Duff 2nd Earl Fife obtained a charter in 1783 declaring the new town a Burgh of Barony, and renamed it Macduff in honour of his family. The harbour and shipyards remain a busy centre of activity today.

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Black and White photograph of Banff Harbour railway station