Portsoy

Portsoy is a charming coastal village situated on the banks of the Moray Firth, 8 miles west of Banff and 6 miles east of Cullen in Aberdeenshire. This beautiful port village benefits from spectacular scenery, and Portsoy is acknowledged as having some of the best coastal views Scotland has to offer. Its position on Aberdeenshire’s north coast also means that the village benefits from a relatively mild climate due to the North Atlantic Drift.

Population

1734 people

Distance from Aberdeen

54 miles

Transport

Regular bus service from Aberdeen

Education

Primary School

  • Portsoy Primary School

Secondary Schools

  • Banff Academy

History of Portsoy

The village was established as Royal Burgh in 1550 by Mary, Queen of Scots. Its harbour – the oldest on the Moray Firth – was completed at the end of the 17th century, with a new harbour being completed in the mid-19th century to accommodate the growth of the local fishing industry. The village’s old harbour today plays host venue to the Scottish Traditional Boat festival which is held every summer. The festival celebrates music, crafts and food as well as the local area’s rich maritime heritage.

Portsoy is also known for its production of Portsoy marble, which was quarried nearby and much sought-after for interior design – even being used in the décor of the Palace of Versailles. Portsoy marble is still in production today and products made with it are available locally.

 

Things to do in Portsoy

There is a wide range of local amenities in Portsoy and some great countryside and coastal walks for lovers of the outdoors – with the chance to see plenty of wildlife including seals, dolphins and seabirds.

If you’re looking for property to buy in Portsoy, or accommodation to rent – let ASPC help. Our property finder has a comprehensive listing of available flats and houses in the village. These include everything from one bedroom properties to substantial family homes for sale in Portsoy.