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June 30 2023 @ 08:00 - July 2 2023 @ 17:00 UTC+0

30th June — 2 July 2023

Portsoy Pushes the Boat Out

As one of the country’s largest maritime culture and heritage celebrations, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is enjoyed by visitors from near and far.

Thousands of people drop anchor at Portsoy, packing into the Aberdeenshire town’s picturesque harbours and seafront areas to savour the spectacle.

The festival was first held in 1993 as a one-off to mark the tercentenary of the historic harbour. With ambition and determination it has continued every year since, becoming one of the region’s leading tourism events, with just as many activities off the water as on it. Only a pandemic stopped it in its tracks, with 2020 being cancelled and 2021 moving online, watched by an audience across the globe.

Boats and so much more…

The focus is maritime and seafaring heritage, but there’s so much more; you could describe the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival as a series of festivals within a festival. The action-packed family programme includes:

  • Scotland’s premiere heritage boats

  • Food and drink fayre

  • Live craft demonstrations

  • Children’s fun and entertainment

  • Sea-borne activities

  • Indoor & outdoor music & dance

  • Road race and fun run

  • Interesting stalls and intriguing displays

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Saturday 1st July
9 am – 5 pm

Sunday 2nd July
10 am – 5 pm


June 30 2023 @ 08:00 UTC+0
July 2 2023 @ 17:00 UTC+0