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Scottish Gaelic: Port Saoidh
Portsoy Old Harbour.jpg
Portsoy Old Harbour
Portsoy is located in Aberdeen
 Portsoy shown within Aberdeenshire
Population 1,734 (Census 2001)[1]
OS grid reference NJ589660
Council area Aberdeenshire
Lieutenancy area Aberdeenshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BANFF
Postcode district AB45
Dialling code 01261
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Banff and Buchan
Scottish Parliament Banffshire and Buchan Coast
List of places

Coordinates: 57°40′59″N 2°41′17″W / 57.683°N 2.688°W / 57.683; -2.688

Portsoy (Scottish Gaelic: Port Saoidh)[2] is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The original name may come from Port Saoithe, meaning "saithe harbour".[3]

Portsoy is located on the Moray Firth Coast of North East Scotland, 50 miles North West of Aberdeen & 65 miles East of Inverness. It has an approximate population of 2000 persons.

Portsoy is known for:

  • local jewellery made from "Portsoy marble" (which is not marble, but rather serpentine)
  • locally milled oatmeal which is sold around the world
  • The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, started in 1994, occurs annually, which is worth over £4 million to the local economy.[4][5]
  • 17th Century "Old" Harbour & 18th Century "New" Harbour
  • a pottery, whose ceramics are noted for their delicate colouring, located at "Portsoy Marble" at the Old Harbour area

Town amenities[edit]

The town currently has three public houses, The Station Hotel on Seafield Street, and The Shore Inn, on Shore Street and The Boyne Hotel reopened in 2014.

A Cooperative foodstore, petrol station, TSB bank, 3 hairdressers, chemist, 2 bakers, hardware store & cafe, kilt hire shop, 3 taxi businesses, bowling club, sports pavilion & gymnasium, boiler & heating engineers & showroom, thrift shop, marble shop, antiques store, fish processor.

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 located on the harbour is a coffee shop selling local crafts with exclusive evening dining bistro two nights a week.

Portsoy Primary School located on Aird Street.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jimmy MacBeath (1894-1972), the wandering singer, was born in Portsoy and is buried there
  • Eoin Jess, the former Aberdeen and Scotland footballer, was born in Portsoy
  • Jimmy Paterson, trombonist with Dexy's Midnight Runners, was born and raised in Portsoy


  1. ^ Scotland's Census Results OnLine
  2. ^ "Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland database". Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Parliament: Placenames collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir" (PDF). Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Portsoy Boat Festival
  5. ^ Banffshire Journal, 11 Aug 2009

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