A quiet place, Gardenstown's name is misleading for in reality this settlement is no bigger than a village. Gardenstown is an ideal destination for those looking to getting away from it all. The area is rich in wildlife with various trails for walkers to explore.
Fondly known as Gamrie, Gardenstown owes its name to Alexander Garden who founded the village in 1720. Situated in a horseshoe shaped bay, Gardenstown was specifically chosen as the setting for a fishing village. However, less than 200 years after its development, the fishing industry had changed with a greater number of larger vessels that could safely travel longer distances. Nevertheless, the harbour which now sees more traffic from pleasure vessels than fishing boats is a relaxing place to stroll about. As you wonder around, you'll note that the houses built in Gardenstown were constructed with their gable end toward the sea to provide the maximum protection from salty spray.
Gardenstown has no major attractions and the best reason to visit is to be able to relax to the sound of the sea gently lapping against the shore. Gardenstown also lies in a Site of Specific Scientific Interest which is noted for its various wildlife which includes various sea bird colonies, dolphins and whales. Those interested in wildlife or walking can head to Troupe Head which has Scotland's only mainland gannet colony. Visitors here will see a range of its feathered inhabitants including kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills. Alternatively, visitors can take a walk to the wee conservation village of Crovie along a cliffside trail. Walkers can also head to the ruins of St John's Kirk which stands upon the site of a battle between the Danes and the Scots in 1004. A church was subsequently built as a testament of thanks and for the last 1000 years it has looked protectively over Gardenstown and her inhabitants.
It is not unfair to say that the best views to be had of both Gardenstown and her wildlife can be found upon her waters themselves. North 58 offer boat trips from Gardenstown and Banff. The area surrounding Gardenstown also offers sports lovers the opportunity to play golf, go horseriding or fishing. For the culturally minded, there's the Banffshire Craft and Art Trail as well as Scotland's Gallery Trail.
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