Things not to miss at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Aberdeen Festivals newest member, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, takes place in the gorgeous village of Portsoy in Aberdeenshirefrom 24-25 June 2017. A celebration of marine and cultural heritage, up to 16,000 people descend on Portsoy over the weekend to soak up the music, crafts, food and drink.
If you are planning a festival trip, make sure you don’t miss out on:
- Hootenany at the Hut – a family ceilidh at the Scout Hut at Loch Soy on the Saturday evening, which will be outside weather permitting. A bring your own booze (BYOB) event with no entry fee, this is a great way to either introduce yourself to the art of ceilidh dancing or brush up on your skills!
- 10K ‘Follow the Herring’ Road Run – starting at the Portsoy Playing Fields on the Sunday morning, this 10K run takes in some beautiful scenery and finishes at the Shore Inn pub where you can have a well-earned pint overlooking the harbour.
- Food and drink– the food fayre is quite rightly a very popular element of the festival with some fabulous local produce that you will be able to sample and take home. Whilst you are visiting Portsoy, you cannot miss the opportunity to try the famous Portsoy Ice-Cream, located on the main street. They have a range of exciting flavours to tempt your taste buds, but my favourite will always be vanilla!
- Coastal walks – if you can drag yourself away from the excitement of the festival for long enough, there are some stunning walks along the rugged coastline. You may even spot a dolphin or two!
- Portsoy Marble – take home a little piece of Portsoy from the marble shop located next to the old harbour. A range of goods are available – from jewellery to local pottery and Portsoy marble has even managed to find its way into the fixtures of the Palace of Versailles!
To book tickets to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival visit stbfportsoy.org and for more information about what to do whilst you’re in Portsoy visit visitabdn.com/plan-your-trip/towns-villages/portsoy/.