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Discovering Duff House


Last week I had the pleasure to visit Duff House for the very first time with my colleague Lisa. In fact Banff is quite possibly the furthest North in Scotland I have ever been!

A wee bit of history…

Duff House, was designed by Scottish architect William Adam (1689-1748) and is one of the most important buildings in the North. Sadly, the owner and architect fell out over money and the house was never completed however the building that stands today is truly beautiful! The house has been used as a hotel, a private hospital, and during WWII it was a prison camp and Allied headquarters.

My visit…

The Deskford Carnyx

The Deskford Carnyx

With the exception of being a tad chilly, the sun was shining when we arrived at the house. We could not have asked for a better day! As soon as we entered the house I was off taking pictures. I was in fact lucky enough to be able to visit the Treasures of Historic Banffshire exhibition which includes the famous Deskford Carnyx. I am not surprised it puzzled scholars when it was discovered, I have never seen anything like it! It is hard to believe it was a wind instrument. I would recommend watching the information video as it presents a full story of the Carnyx and how it was used.

Here are some photos of the rooms in Duff House:

A room in Duff HouseA room in Duff HouseA room in Duff House

We all had a brilliant day at the house and look forward to my next visit. Who knows where my next adventure will be!

As always we’d love to see your photos, share them with us @welovehistory


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Olivia Devine

Olivia Devine is one of our marketing executives working mainly with Edinburgh Castle and the properties in the North.

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