Maritime and traditional crafts are showcased around the harbourside, from basket weaving to spinning to rope making, you can stop and watch these skilled crafters create their wares from raw materials with immense skill and ability.

Our popular craft tents house the treasures of a variety of crafters and demonstrators. From knitting to jewellery to driftwood creations, you’re sure to find something to take home as a reminder of the authentic charm of Portsoy and your time at the Festival.

With a distinct maritime theme planned for 2017 Festival, we have introduced some new skills and invited new crafters to join us for the weekend.


Mark Shiner – A skilled Orcadian, Mark will be demonstrating the art of sail making by the Old Harbour.

Ian B Richardson – A master of time honoured techniques and tools through his traditional boat building business in Orkney, Ian will be demonstrating the making of oars and cleats.

Tommy Isbister – Skilled traditional boat builder from Shetland, Tommy will be demonstrating woodworking skills by the Old Harbour.


Traditional Scottish Crafts
traditional crafts