Why we love Portsoy (and you should too!)
The very location of our Scottish Traditional Boat Festival sets it aside as a unique experience. This festival weekender will not only open your eyes to our distinctive culture – from heritage to boats and local food to folk music – but will also open your heart to its setting along the Aberdeenshire coast.
Found just 53 miles from Aberdeen city centre (top tip: take the coastal route to get here if you’d like to see more of Aberdeenshire’s 165 miles of coast), Portsoy is a popular fishing village thanks to its much-loved festival and of course, its 17th century quirky harbour.
Do you know that this beautiful village is particularly known for its marble? It has been used in castles and mansions across the world, even in the Palace of Versailles – quite cool? We think so! We’re not bragging but this quaint village is also film famous… the village was recently the backdrop to Whisky Galore!
The Harbour, and setting for the festival, is equally as distinctive. Its walls are built of horizontal stone instead of the more common, vertical layout; this echoes the natural rock formations also found along the Aberdeenshire coast!
If you’re thinking about staying in Portsoy too you won’t be disappointed… we’re talking cosy B&B’s, traditional Scottish hotels, a cool bunkhouse and even a castle!
And perhaps best of all is the foodie experience you’ll get in Portsoy too; not just from the local food and drink up for grabs at the festival, but also its fine seafood and famous Portsoy Ice Cream. Where better to sample this world-famous ice cream than from its birthplace? (Make sure you get a good photo of this so you can make your friends jealous when you get home).