The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival keeps alive our maritime culture and heritage by bringing together large historic boats, traditional sailing craft and all small craft, both historic and modern, over the two day Festival.

With competitive sailing races and on the water displays, as well as the opportunity for visitors to get on board and chat with skippers and crews, it’s an experience everyone enjoys.


Bring Your Boat!

We look forward to welcoming old friends and new to the 2017 Festival.  If you would like more information, please see the Skippers Invitation 2017. For further details or to register your boat and attendance, please contact us, email:


Maritime Focus

With a focus on all things maritime at this year’s Festival, we look forward to welcoming renowned boatbuilders Ian Richardson from Orkney and Tommy Isbister from Shetland, both of whom will be demonstrating their woodworking and boat building skills over the weekend.


Boats Attending

Built by James Weir, Arbroath, the Isalbella was launched on 15th September 1890.  With an overall length of 45′, 13′ 9″ beam and a draught of 6′. She was powered by two big lug sails, a jib and five oars and was intended for line and driftnet fishing.  In 1997, the Wick Society bought her from Hobson Rankin and since that date enthusiastic volunteers have been engaged on the continuous programme of renewal and restoration.

An Orkney yole, a traditional sailing boat whose design is unique to the Orkney islands.  Originally built in 1923 as Azalea and rebuilt in 2013 and renamed Waterwitch. 

Brothers John and Donald Galbraith with the Highland Board had ‘Magdalena CY.203’ built by Nobles of Girvan and launched in 1961.The vessel was not well looked after and was re-possessed by the Highland Board and sold off at public auction to Whitehills fishermen, John Watson and the late John Cowie who renamed her ‘Comet BF.430’. They fished the vessel out of Whitehills until 1987 when they retired. She was bought by Carradale skipper Duncan Munroe who sold the boat in 2003 to Mark Willis from Lismore on the West Coast where she was used for pleasure purposes. Bought by Billy Milne in 2012, she is now moored in Macduff and is taken to events such as the Portsoy Boat Festival.