Win Tickets To The 31st Annual Glenglassaugh Scottish Traditional Boat Festival In Portsoy

Written by Chris Thornton | 25th of June 2024
The Glenglassaugh Scottish Traditional Boat Festival returns this summer on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2024.

I'll be in attendance with my family and will follow up with an article after the day. I can't wait to see the Red Arrows! Read below for details on the competition.

Premium heritage boats from across the country will drop anchor in the historic harbour of Portsoy for a weekend of music and dance, the finest Scottish food and drink and traditional craft demonstrations and a range of unique handmade items and gifts.

The festival will host the world-famous Red Arrows Aerobatic Team on Saturday 22nd June 2024. It is the only Scottish public display performed by the team, during their very busy diamond anniversary campaign. This new nine-aircraft show will feature manoeuvres not seen for a generation, in their routine which changes each year.

Around 30 traditional boats from across the UK will sail into Portsoy, including 17th century Fifie herring drifter Reaper, which will make the journey from the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Fife. Also returning to the festival is White Wing, a 33ft Baldie and setting sail from Wickin Caithness will be 19th century Fifie and festival favourite, the Isabella Fortuna.

Around 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the event and enjoy a packed programme of entertainment. Celtic rock band Skipinnish, headline the Big Gig on the Back Green on Friday 21st June 2024. The band has spent the last year touring the UK and across Europe, playing to sell-out crowds and appearing at some of Britain’s biggest music festivals. Tickets are on sale now from the festival website for £38. This is a licensed event for over 18s only. The music programme features renowned groups and local artists, including Cullen-based duo Fair Trickit with their self-penned songs. Skip 2 the Beat will bring their fast-paced skipping stunts and the Anne McArthur Dancers will perform a range of Highland country dancing routines. Saturday night will see one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene, the multi-award-winning RURA, make their festival debut. They will be supported by RuMac, AKA Ruairidh MacLean, with his soul-stirring melodies and traditional Celtic songs, and the Black Isle Peas which are guaranteed to get the party started.

In the Food Fayre, you’ll find the best Scottish produce on the menu, from handmade pies and pickled onions to locally produced gin, rum and whisky. Traditional craft demonstrations will be on display in the Craft Fayre along with handmade ceramics, jewellery, prints and paintings available to browse and buy. Inspired by the stunning Scottish coastline, our new Coastal Crafts area will showcase exceptional items created using traditional techniques, upcycled gifts, accessories and artwork created by local artists.

Younger visitors can enjoy a range of fun activities in the Wally Green Kids’ Zone, including bouncy castles, giant slides, trampolining, segways, and the Tam O’Shunter land train will be running throughout the weekend. The ever-popular raft race will take place on Saturday afternoon, where teams of three people compete to cross the harbour in homemade rafts and paddles without falling in!

This year’s festival is sponsored by Glenglassaugh Distillery, Event Scotland, Gray Composting Services Ltd, Puffin Wood Fuels, Moray West, Ocean Winds, Portsoy Thrift Shop, Urquhart Joinery Services, Portsoy 75 Club, Hamlyn’s of Scotland Oatmeal, Messrs J Smith of Sandend, Aspire Restaurant, Whisky Cask Pens, Highland Tweedery, Camwater Ltd, Davidson Reid Auctions, Broadshore Hub, Bellrock Offshore Wind Farm and Crisp Malt.

Tickets are discounted when purchased in advance online, to book visit For festival updates follow @stbfportsoy or #ahoyportsoy on social media.

We have a FAMILY WEEKEND PASS for the festival to give away. For your chance to win, just answer the following question.

How many years has the Glenglassaugh Scottish Traditional Boat Festival been running?
1. 15
2. 25
3. 31

All information was correct at the time of writing, please check things like entry costs and opening times before you arrive.

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18th of June 2024 @ 21:35:58

Tracy Robertson won the competition; well done! I have emailed you Tracy; let me know if you don't get the email.

Fiona mather
17th of June 2024 @ 14:29:40

The Answer is C, 31 years

15th of June 2024 @ 10:26:29

the answer is 31years, thanks.

Scott Farquhar
11th of June 2024 @ 06:22:31

The answer is C, 31 years

Margaret Luckwell
10th of June 2024 @ 15:40:15

The answer is c) 31 years

Mark Aldridge
10th of June 2024 @ 15:16:01

The answer is c) 31 years

John Luckwell
10th of June 2024 @ 14:15:43

The answer to the Glenglassaugh Scottish Traditional Boat Festival competition is c) 31