The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (STBF), Portsoy

Now into its 21st year, the STBF sets out to encapsulate the essence of the region’s rich maritime and rural culture in an annual event which is constantly reviewed to ensure its freshness and appeal.

Key elements include:

  • Sailing and a full range of maritime skills
  • Maritime and rural crafts
  • Traditional music, song and dance
  • The region’s food and drink
  • Opportunities for visitors to take part in activities

Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training (PORT)

During 2011, STBF completed the acquisition of assets of the former Portsoy Maritime Heritage, assets which include the Shore Street buildings, now known as the “PORT’s Boatshed” and a number of boats of heritage interest.

STBF has secured funding and is now progressing the development of the Shore Street buildings to be opened at the 2014 Festival incorporating:

  • A workshop for building and renovating boats,
  • A public viewing area,
  • Toilets, showers, launderette and changing facilities for sail training and visitors,
  • Storage

This facility will complement the existing Salmon Bothy, providing a venue where practical skills are developed while the Salmon Bothy area provides the resources for lectures and workshop sessions.

The PORT team carries out boat building courses for children at primary and secondary level. It is also building a traditional salmon coble with funds secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This work is being carried out at premises on South High Street kindly loaned to STBF.

2016 Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 

25th & 26th June 2016, 9am - 5pm

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival enagges the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region's cultural history.

Once again this year the festival will welcome St Ayles skiffs for some exciting racing at Portsoy. It is hoped this will be the biggest gathering of skiffs in the racing calender and those who have attended before will vouch for the atmosphere and excitment of being part of such an established festival. 

The regatta will again be organised by the Portsoy Coastal Rowing Club.

It is anticipated to have a mix of long races and shorter sprints, starting and finishing in the harbour mouth and an informal "dressage" event in the new harbour. The long course wil be a triangular course, approximately 2km, as in previous years.

Categories to be offered will include Mixed Crews, 40+, 50+, open and 60+. There will be men's and women's races at Open and 40+.

Any queries about the skiff racing, please contact

2015 Festival, 4th and 5th July, at Portsoy, Banff

With its combination of History (maritime and rural)…Creativity (crafts, music and art)…Activity (sailing, rowing and so much more)…Food and Drink (the very best of the region)…all in the superb natural setting of Portsoy’s harbour, there’s no better place to celebrate Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Festival! 

See the Fesitval website for further details.

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