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Duff House Mausoleum, Wrack Woods, Banff

18 September 2021 (Online)

19 September 2021 (Online)


Built on the site of a Carmelite burial ground this “Gothick” structure houses the remains of the first five Earls (starting in 1705) and other Duff family members, with several interesting memorials. Outside is a tomb that used to be in Banff cemetery and was falsely used by the 2nd Earl to claim a family connection to Robert the Bruce – with an interesting linked story involving the Carmelite monks from the nearby “Mount Carmel” (also worth a visit, a further 300m along the track).

The mausoleum occupies an extremely peaceful and picturesque location above the River Deveron, so much so that it has been used for weddings. – It also contains several excellent examples of quite early Coade stone, an 18th century artificial stone that can weather extremely well – even here after more than 200 years in what is perhaps the most northerly example.




Digital Resources

Duff House Mausoleum

A four minute video giving a summary about the Duff House Mausoleum with a voiceover by His Grace the Duke of Fife.
The outside can be seen at any time, about a three quarters of a mile from Duff House itself.  The walk is along a track or a parallel footpath through "Wrack Woods", part of the original landscape of the Duff House estate.  Access to the inside is possible only during guided tours from Duff House or during Doors Open Days.

Learn from His Grace The Duke of Fife about the site!

Virtual Tour

Guided walk around Wrack Woods plus Duff House Mausoleum led by Aberdeenshire Council Ranger, Jodie Rhodes.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Building Date: 1792

  • Duff House Mausoleum
  • Duff House, Wrack Woods
  • Banff
  • AB45 3SX