Traditional boats gather in Portsoy for festival

The 17th Scottish Traditional Boat Festival starts with a concert on Friday night

Over 50 classic boats, some more than 100 years old, will congregate on the Scottish village of Portsoy this weekend for the 17th annual Traditional Boat Festival.

The festival will run from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 June and will feature vintage boats from Scotland and beyond with workshops and demonstrations of boat-building, seamanship and sailing skills.

The Peatbog Faeries and Alastair McDonald will open the festival with an evening showcase concert on Friday 25 June, kicking off two days of live music, arts and crafts, a food fayre and fun run.

Other musical highlights include a blessing of the fleet with the Hytettu Men’s Choir and a Saturday night ceilidh featuring Cabrach.

Bodruhn, fiddle and song-writing workshops are on offer alongside demonstrations of traditional skills such as cooperage and the St Ayles skiff rowing races.

Roger Goodyear, festival chairman, said, “Every member of the family can discover, enjoy, learn about and participate in the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East.”

Tickets for the showcase concert cost £20 each, weekend tickets are £12 and adult day tickets cost £8. For more information see the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival website.