The small town of Portsoy has a population of approximately 1700. The town has a good range of facilities including a Co-operative supermarket, a post-office and general stores where Portsoy Ice-cream is made. We also have two craft bakers, antique shops, a number of tea shops and places to eat, a pub and a hotel. The town is situated on the Moray Firth about 50 miles from Aberdeen and 65 miles from Inverness, on a coast voted by readers of National Geographic magazine one of the top ten coastlines in the world. The Banffshire coast, also known as Scotland's Dolphin coast, is a place of undisturbed natural beauty, where dolphins, gannets, porpoises and puffins make their home, where basking sharks and even whales can sometimes be seen. The area has an un-spoilt environment on the land, in the sea and in the air. You’ll find our coastline dotted with fishing villages like Portsoy which have remained remarkably well preserved and which have resisted the advances of too much modern development. Our coastline is dramatic and breathtaking but very accessible and safe, with many way-marked cliff top walks. And there are our special beaches where you may be alone, but never lonely as there’s always the chance to spot the dolphins at play or the gannets fishing for lunch.The air is fresh and the light, which has attracted many artists to live and work here, has a luminescent quality which is hard to define but which stays in the memory. Further afield visitors can explore the historical and cultural heritage of this often-neglected corner of Scotland by venturing on the castle trails or whisky trails and exploring the museums in the area. And for the more adventurous there is walking in the hills or on various inland and coastal trails.