There’s the opportunity to admire vessels of all types in the harbour, and it’s fun to work out which boat is winning in a series of races over the weekend, but there’s also a raft of landside activities to enjoy. It’s the engaging mix of freshly cooked fish and seafood treats, drinks, craft demonstrations and stalls, music and traditional skills that makes the weekend so enjoyable.

You can visit some of the vessels and find out more about them from their crews. Last year’s visitors included boats built in Portsoy, replica fishing boats including a Tancook Whaler, cutters, a pocket sloop and some wonderful boat names like the Squid, Waterwitch and the Nutmeg of Consolation. There’s also the chance to look round the boatshed, and you can even sign up on a course to build your own dinghy if the lure of life on the ocean wave overwhelms you.

Musically, there’s a treat in store with performances from Dutch band De Kinkels in the licensed marquee, and the Salmon Bothy will be hosting traditional tunes from the Bothy Folk Club, while young performers take to the stage at Loch Soy.

Talking of youngsters, there’s even a programme of children’s activities with workshops and high adrenaline activities on offer throughout the town, as well as a 2k Wee Sporran Fun Run. Adults can also enter the 10k Follow the Herring Race.

Shopping opportunities include local makers in the craft tent, as well as an art fair in the Town Hall and plenty of food stalls, many showcasing local producers. The Food Fayre offers a chance to sample the region’s finest food and drink with a programme of demonstrations by talented chefs.

It’s best to head off early to get a good parking spot and make the most of the day.

The Boat Festival takes place 30 June & 1 July 2018

Tickets range from £4.50 to £36 and can be obtained from

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