Inverboyndie has a very popular beach which attracts many walkers, swimmers, surfers and windsurfers and was a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach. It was designated as a designated bathing water in 1999 although it has been monitored since 1988. The beach has a sandy foreshore with sloping rocky access. Water sport activities club also available on site, which attracts many users.
Inverboyndie beach is situated close to the town of Banff, which was one of the north of Scotland’s thriving ports in the 12th century. Because of the exposed coastline, there are many ancient castles in the area to protect against Norse raids.
The North of Scotland is famous for its whisky distilleries, and a particularly short lived one in Banff. This distillery, which had the name “Banff” was built by James McKilligan & Co in 1824 near Inverboyndie beach. The exact location is unknown, in 1863 the distillery was moved to be better situated with rail links and water sources. The distillery had many setbacks until shutting down in 1991. The distillery was set ablaze in 1877 but reopened soon after. It was then bombed during the war in 1941, which exploded casks of whisky that was then said to have run into fields and intoxicated local animal stock. In 1959 there was another explosion in the still house which again destroyed a lot of stock. In 1983 the distillery was set to be demolished, however, just before the knock down of the final warehouse it caught on fire.
Inverboyndie beach is located next to the very popular Inverboyndie Caravan park. The area surrounding the site is very calm and green. This isn’t a built-up area so finding local wildlife is easy.
The beautiful long Inverboyndie beach can be reached on foot from the town or Banff Links Caravan park. At the east end the beach is backed by an old golf course. The blue roofed club house is still there.
It is a North Sea port and lies on the western bank of the River Deveron opposite its sister town, Macduff. Banff and Inverboyndie are easiest to get to by using the A947 going through a few little towns on the way.
Inverboyndie Beach is situated at the Banff Links caravan site and can be accessed at this point where toilets, information and a children's play area and telephone can be found. From Banff - Drive north on the A98 for approximately 3 miles. At this point the caravan park is sign poster to the right. Follow the road to the large car park and the beach can be accessed at this point. Inverboyndie is part of National Cycle Route 1. Public transport Links are also accessible to Inverboyndie beach - Stagecoach service number 35 from Aberdeen-Inverness stops right beside Inverboyndie. Less than a minute walk to the beach.
Water quality information
This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.
Contact detailsAberdeenshire Council (Landscape Services)
01467 628 200