Banchory is often referred to as the 'The Gateway to Deeside' and is an attractive town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to while away a relaxing day. The central hub of Banchory is perhaps its lovely, well-kept park - great for picnics, relaxing with a book, walking the dog and keeping the kids entertained in its mini amusement park. It is documented that St Ternan sought refuge here among pagan Picts, before converting them to Christianity. The churchyard marks the spot where he established a small monastery.
Each year, on the 2nd weekend of June, the town plays host to St Ternans Fair which revives the tradition of the St Ternan's Fair Market, held in Medieval times. Vendors set up stalls to sell their wares, surrounded by street entertainers and musicians. It was reported in 1834 to have attracted around 400 stall holders! Today, the fair celebrates the town's local culture for both locals and visitors to enjoy.
The Farmer's market is also a popular place to be on the third Saturday of every month, held in Scott Skinner's Square in the centre of the town. The range of high quality produce and crafts includes meats, game, yoghurts, cheeses, artisan breads, eggs, vegetables, oils, jams, preserves and cordials, home baking, greetings cards, gifts and home baking.