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.