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News 2017-01-18T15:22:19+00:00

Set A Date For Portsoy – 24th & 25th June 2017

The dates are set for the 2017 Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, which will take place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017. Much planning is underway and many aspects of the programme have already been confirmed. After a great reception during their first appearance in 2016, reggae and ska band Urang Matang will return to play the Friday Night Gig at the Wally Green

January 23rd, 2017|

The Vikings Are Coming – Viking Veto Defied and Warm Welcome In Store for Norse Visitors at Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is welcoming Norse visitors to its shores – in defiance of a veto that prevents Vikings from visiting the North-east coast. Festival organisers wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to intervene after an historic law banning Vikings from arriving on Scottish shores was brought to their attention. In the absence of a response from the PM – who

June 24th, 2016|

Musical son of Portsoy returns to his spiritual home to play at Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

A musician who was in a pop band that achieved chart successes in the 1980s has revealed that he is returning to his Banffshire roots – after taking his band back to his home town to play at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Dexys Midnight Runners achieved two number one hits, the best known of which ‘Come On Eileen’ remains a powerful dance floor

June 14th, 2016|

Viking Visit Veto – Call To Prime Minister To Repeal Legislation Barring Vikings From North-East Scotland

An urgent call has been made to Prime Minister David Cameron to repeal legislation that prevents Vikings from visiting the North-east of Scotland – in time for the arrival of a delegation of Vikings who are to be special guests at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Organisers of one of Scotland’s largest maritime events have made a formal approach to Mr Cameron after an

June 9th, 2016|

Coble To Be Named At Boat Festival

After two and a half years of hard work, the Coble Project volunteers will be delighted that you will be able to see the result of their labours safely berthed in the Old Harbour at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Bringing this special boat to completion has demanded dedication and perseverance, not to mention a large helping of optimism and single mindedness. None of

May 24th, 2016|

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Secures ACE Deal

Organisers of a popular maritime festival have announced a significant financial sponsorship deal with local engineering firm ACE Winches, securing the immediate future of the Festival. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, held annually in Portsoy, brings together in excess of 16,000 people over the weekend, with a steadily growing number of international visitors, generating £1 million for the local economy. The Festival, now in its

March 28th, 2016|