And there was me thinking I’d be writing about a Highland Games next. How could I have forgotten about The Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival when I come from a seafaring background and heritage!
Portsoy is an old fishing village on the north-east coast of Scotland with a picturesque 17th century harbour. The construction of the harbour walls is unusual as they were constructed with vertical stone rather than horizontal. Since 1994 it has been the venue for an annual boat festival. In the past I have tended to miss it because I was never home on holiday from Saudi at the right time. Not any more!
Of course there a variety of boats to be seen.
The ‘culture tent’ focussed on the similarities and differences between Norwegian and Scottish fishing folk lifestyles.
But it was disappointing to see that the British jumper for sale was from Guernsey and not a local Gansey.
Not everything was sea related.
This miniature bus taking children around the village made me smile.
Earlier in the year I heard that there was a doubt that the Boat Festival would run this year. I’m so glad that it did as I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.