Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 2014
Families can set sail for Portsoy in Aberdeenshire, on the north east coast of Scotland, where they can join in a celebration of maritime heritage, traditional skills and crafts, music and dance.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 2014 is one of Scotland’s leading maritime and cultural events, and is a key date in the calendar of the Year of Homecoming.
The event will showcase the best in maritime, crafts, food, drink, music and dance, and also put a special emphasis on boat building, restoration and sailing, as well as associated traditional skills such as knitting, weaving and embroidery.
Portsoy’s historic 17th century harbour will welcome traditional wooden boats from all over the globe over the course of the festival weekend. Visitors will be given rare opportunities to sail a coracle, hop aboard restored fishing vessels, and see the crews of the St Ayles Skiffs battle it out on the open seas in a fiercely competitive regatta.
- This year’s festival will see the culmination of the three-year arts project which celebrates Homecoming, Ebb and Flow, which was created by local artists Bryan and Carla Angus and charts the paths made by Scots around the globe.
- The festival will host the launch and inaugural meeting of the North Sea Ring, an international organisation which sets out to link the maritime and cultural heritage in communities around the North Sea.
- A number of popular folk singers and musicians from both Scotland and abroad will attend the festival, with headliners including RURA.