Aberdeenshire | Village | ★★★

[Portsoy old harbour]

Portsoy is one of the North East's most picturesque seaside villages. Its fishing heritage is not just strong but inescapable: there are not one but two harbours - a charming old stone construction separated by a rocky headland from its thriving replacement. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival turbo-charges a reasonably popular resort into an all-out party for a couple of days each summer (26-27 June in 2021); visit during the winter months and your experience will be quite different again. A wander west along the coast path to Sandend is well worthwhile.

[Red Haven, on the coast path to the west]

Location & info

📌 Portsoy ★★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NJ 589661 ///foggy.wider.shallower

🚶 Coast paths extend in both directions - west leads to Sandend, but the route eastwards eventually fades to nothing. The village itself is fairly compact.
🚌 Portsoy is served by buses on the Buckie - Cullen - Banff coastal route.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Walk: Harbouring a Portsoy dram ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Sandend page: Sandend ★★; Glenglassaugh Distillery ★★★; Sandend Bay ★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Walk: Sandend to Cullen - clifftop caper ★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Findlater Castle ★★ (3 mi ←)


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