How to Spend a Day in Portsoy: The 5 Top Attractions
Travel along the Moray coast to discover the charming harbour town of Portsoy, Banffshire. This quiet town situated between Cullen and Banff is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re just passing through on a tour of the Moray coast, or you’re planning a rejuvenating costal break, make the most of your trip with our round-up of Portsoy attractions.
Treat Yourself to Portsoy Ice Cream
Come rain or shine, a trip to Portsoy Ice Cream is a must during your visit! This award winning family business has a fantastic range of homemade ice cream and sorbets that are made using local ingredients whenever possible. Their selection of ice cream changes on a regular basis – we won’t judge if you become a frequent customer during your stay, just to sample the full range in the name of science, of course.
Celebrate at the Traditional Scottish Boat Festival
If you’ve visiting during July, look out for the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy’s scenic 17th century harbour. This annual festival is one of the highlights in the town’s events calendar; join the residents as they celebrate their rich maritime history.
The festivities revolve around traditional boat building, sailing activities, traditional crafts, live music, local art and the best food and drink in the local area! Make sure you sample the local seafood for which the town is renowned.
Have a Dram at Glenglassaugh Distillery
Head to Portsoy’s distillery at Sandend Bay to sample some of the finest quality whiskies in Scotland. At Glenglassaugh Distillery, their small highly skilled team handcraft the spirit to ensure that every drop meets their high standards. We recommend taking a tour of the distillery to learn more about their traditional distilling methods and sample a few of their distinctive drams along the way.
At the end of the tour, head to the gift shop to choose from a selection of Glenglassaugh Whiskey to take home as a present (for yourself).
The Salmon Bothy Museum
Spend a few hours immersing yourself in the local history at the community-run Salmon Bothy Museum. The restored ice house is now home to artefacts and information from Portsoy’s salmon fishing industry, maritime culture and the harbour trade. Upstairs in the “Bothy” otherwise known as the sleeping quarters, you can discover more about the family history of those who lived and worked in the Bothy. While you’re there, ask about the local events which are frequently held at the venue such as the annual Portsoy folk festival, the HAAL Festival in June.
Pick-Up a Souvenir at Portsoy Marble Shop
Did you know that Portsoy marble was once shipped to the Palace of Versailles? That same local marble is now housed in an unassuming building beside the harbour in the Portstoy Marble Shop. Drop-in while you’re visiting the harbour to browse the selection of souvenirs on offer and bring a piece of Portsoy back home to your palace.
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