Set sail for 21st Portsoy Boat Festival

Thousands are expected to turn out for the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

The 21st annual festival takes place in Portsoy from June 27-29.

The event showcases the best in Scotland’s maritime, crafts, food, drink, music and dance, with a special emphasis on boat building, restoration and sailing.

Traditional wooden boats from all over Britain and further afield will come together in the historic 17th century Portsoy harbour.

Visitors will be able to learn how to sail a coracle, climb aboard restored fishing vessels, and see the crews of the St Ayles Skiffs battle it out on the open seas in the annual regatta.

This year’s event will also see the official opening of the PORT Boatshed - a community boat building workshop which allows training and restoration to be undertaken.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Chair, Roger Goodyear, said: “The Festival has a great programme that offers a fantastic traditional maritime experience.

“Each year our Festival continues to grow stronger and draw in huge crowds - the small town usually only has a population of 2000 people, and this rises to an incredible 16,000 people over the weekend of the Festival.”

Attractions include the festival craft marquee and food and drink from the North-east’s larder.

For more details and to buy tickets visit www.stbfportsoy.com.

An adult day ticket costs £8, children aged 5-18 and concessions are £5. Adult weekend tickets are £12 and children and concessions at £8. Family tickets are £25 for a day ticket or £35 for a weekend. Children under 5 go free.