Duff House


Duff House, designed by Scottish architect William Adam (1689-1748), is the grandest classical country house to be built on a fresh site in early 18th century Scotland. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North.

The foundation stone was laid on the 11th June 1735 and the building was finished five years later, although it took over 100 years to complete the interior.

The house was commissioned by William Duff, Lord Braco, later 1st Earl Fife, as a family home to replace a smaller more modest residence nearby, on the present site of Airlie Gardens in Banff. The beautiful estate surrounding the house stretched for miles and remnants of its former glory can still be seen in the area. If you would like to find out more about the gardens and estate buildings which still survive, then why not pick up a free leaflet on the history of the grounds, available from the Duff House Shop?

Did you know

Duff House contains 50 rooms, 31 fireplaces, 94 doors, 149 windows and a total of 1,906 panes of glass.


Photography & Filming

We ask visitors not to take photographs or to film inside Duff House without prior consent. You are welcome to take photographs or to film video outside the house and grounds at any time.