Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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The Salmon Bothy
Links Rd Portsoy
Banff
AB45 2SS

As traditional boats congregate in the historic harbour, the seaside town of Portsoy celebrates with a festival of music, sailing, rowing and traditional crafts and art.

As traditional boats congregate in the historic harbour, the seaside town of Portsoy celebrates with a festival of music, sailing, rowing and traditional crafts and art.

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Cheer on the crews as the take part in competitive sailing on the opens seas, enthralling the crowds gathered by the harbourside who watch on in excited anticipation.

Breathe in the aromas of fresh cooked fish, meats and other fine foods, which may prove too much to resists as you wander through the Festival drinking in the atmosphere and the many activities and melodies around you.

Watch skilled traditional craftsmen and women carve, weave, knit and sculpt wonderful creations, many of which you can take home as a reminder of the wonder of Portsoy and its authentic charm.

With up to 16,000 people descending upon Portsoy over Festival weekend, be sure to come along and join the celebrations.

In 2020 we celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters, and as an event supported by EventScotland, we are delighted to add an enhanced programme to this year's Festival to include:
- a showcase of local and sustainable seafood, with a demonstration kitchen where chefs will inspire you to taste and experiment with seafood dishes
- the promotion of the safe enjoyment of our waters. learn more and perhaps try surfing, rowing, kayaking, or paddling a coracle
- education and promotion of recycling and highlighting the effects of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. Take part in activities across the Festival and visit the Marine Conservation Society and ‘Stuart’ the inflatable turtle, Macduff Marine Aquarium with their touchpool, as well as many more organisations with an array of activities.

We can't wait to share this brilliant programme with you!

  • Dates & Booking

    Jun. 26, 2021
    Times vary


    Jun. 27, 2021
    Times vary

  • Ticket Info

    Further ticket info: TBC

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