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Portsoy is in Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland, eight miles west of the larger and less interesting town of Banff. Known mostly for the Traditional Boat Festival held each summer.

Portsoy Harbour


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Portsoy is served by Stagecoach on the 35 route from Aberdeen to Elgin. The journey takes about 2 hours 20 minutes from Aberdeen and there is generally one bus per hour.

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17th-century "Old" Harbour & 18th-century "New" Harbour.

  • 1 Findlater Castle. Ruins of a 14th-century castle, sitting above the cliffs. Findlater Castle (Q486587) on Wikidata Findlater Castle on Wikipedia



  • Local jewellery made from "Portsoy marble" (which is not marble, but rather serpentine).
  • Locally milled oatmeal which is sold around the world.
  • A pottery whose ceramics are noted for their delicate colouring, located at "Portsoy Marble" at the Old Harbour area.


  • Portsoy Ice Cream sells home made ice cream, widely known for its wide choice of flavours, as well as many other grocery goods.
  • Beggars Belief Coffee Cove, on the harbour, is a coffee shop selling local crafts with exclusive evening dining bistro two nights a week.


The town has three public houses.

  • Station Hotel, Seafield Street.
  • 1 The Shore Inn, 49 Church St, AB45 2QR. Su-W 11AM-11PM, Th 11AM-noon, F Sa 11AM-1AM; meals (not Tu) noon-4PM, 5-9PM. bar and restaurant. mains around £15.
  • 2 The Boyne Hotel.
  • 3 Glenglassaugh distillery. May-Sep daily: 10AM-4:30PM; Oct-Apr: M-F 10AM-4:30PM. Whisky distillery which was built in 1875, but ceased production in 1986. The distillery was refurbished and restarted in 2008. tours from £5. Glenglassaugh distillery (Q1530998) on Wikidata Glenglassaugh distillery on Wikipedia



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