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Portsoy is a fishing village 8 miles west of Banff on the north coast of Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland. It has a picturesque harbour often used as a film and TV location, such as the 2016 remake of Whisky Galore!

Get in[edit]

Stagecoach Bus 35 runs hourly from Aberdeen to Portsoy, taking 2 hours 20 min, and continuing to Elgin.

Get around[edit]


Portsoy Harbour
  • 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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