Portsoy

Portsoy is one of the prettiest and most unspoiled villages on the Moray Firth Coast. It is a small holiday town (population 2000) about 50 miles north west of Aberdeen. Locals and visitors enjoy the benefits of a peaceful rural setting as well as the some of the best coastal views in Scotland.
The climate in Portsoy is better than you would expect as well, the tail end of the Gulf Stream ensuring its usually mild rather than cold, and less than half the rain of the West Coast.
To help you with an interesting walk around Portsoy the hotel have designed a walking treasure trail around the town. About 30 easy clues which will take you to all the best spots. Free drink for all the correct answers!

Station Hotel Portsoy
Seafield Street, Portsoy
Banffshire, Scotland
AB45 2QT
01261 842327
enquiries@stationhotelportsoy.co.uk

The harbour, Portsoy

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

The 18th Scottish Traditional Boat Festival takes place on June 21-23 2013.
This is a fantastic occasion with something for everyone, a real family event, which draws up to 15,000 people to Portsoy each year.
The Festival puts a special emphasis on boat building, restoration and sailing, and on associated traditional crafts, music and art. The 2013 programme also includes a Food Fayre, a fun run and a 10K road run - a feast of opportunities for all to see, take part in and enjoy. Read More ......

Portsoy Harbour

Portsoy Harbour, where local children enjoy 'jumping in' in the summer months
Portsoy Harbour is well over 300 years old, possibly the oldest natural harbour in Europe. It was completed in 1693, with the new harbour following in 1825, to cater for the ever increasing demand from the herring fishing fleet.
Around the Old Harbour are a number of impressive buildings that date back to the end of the 1600s or early 1700s.

The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy

The Salmon Both in Portsoy, Scotland.
The Portsoy Salmon Bothy was opened during the 2008 boat festival by Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond.
This is a very exciting addition to the activities in Portsoy and contains, amongst other things,
* A museum, housing information on the fascinating history of Portsoy and the surrounding area and the salmon fishing industry.
* A centre for genealogical research.
* A facility for performance, creative arts and traditional skill development, "Upstairs at the Bothy".

Loch Soy

The Station Hotel, Portsoy has Loch Soy on its doorstep
Inland from the harbour, and right next to the hotel, Portsoy contains the small but beautiful Loch Soy. You can enjoy a stroll, have a picnic or even fish in and around the small Loch. In the summer months you can be brave and hire a boat. There is a play area for the children to enjoy as well.

Walking in and around Portsoy, Scotland

Beatiful cliff top walks on the path to Sandend
From Portsoy harbour there are walks both east and west, where some of the best clifftop views of the Moray Firth can be seen.
Walk west past the old outdoor swimming pool all the way to Sandend and, if you are fairly fit, onto Findlater Castle or even Cullen.
Walk east past the beach and caravan site to Boyne Castle, and beyond to Whitehills.

Portsoy Marble

Portsoy Marble shop in Portsoy Harbour.
The Portsoy Marble shop (Tel: 01261 842404) is housed in a smart building to one side of the harbour. It sells numerous mineral and crystal objects, local pottery and knitwear. Apparently, the Portsoy marble is actually polished Serpentine, and is cut from a vein of Serpentine which runs across the braes to the west of the harbour.
Portsoy Marble was greatly appreciated for its beauty and was used in the construction of parts of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles.
The shop also sells the most wondrous scented soaps.
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