All aboard as Scottish Traditional Boat Festival secures top sponsor

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GLENGLASSAUGH Highland Single Malt has come on board as headline sponsor of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, which takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June. 

Nestled on the shores of Sandend Bay, just two miles from Portsoy where the boat festival is held, the brand has pledged its support for the event for the next two years.

The festival, which marks its 31st anniversary this year, welcomes a flotilla of heritage vessels for a weekend of live music and dance, Scottish food and drink and age-old crafts, celebrating the north east’s nautical past, welcoming over 12 thousand visitors each year.   

Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador Glenglassaugh Distillery, said:

“Glenglassaugh’s spirit is, and always has been, inspired by the truly unique coastal location on the rugged north east, where our warehouses stand against the elements. This is a truly fitting partnership, not least as one of our releases is named Portsoy after the distillery’s neighbouring seaside town. Also because it was the home of our founder James Moir, a local businessman, and Portsoy Harbour Committee who established the distillery in 1875. 

“We are delighted to be headline sponsor of this festival which is a stalwart in the festival calendar of the north east now in its 31st year.”

David Urquhart, chairman of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, said:

“Securing this sponsorship commitment from Glenglassaugh, for the next two years, is excellent news. Glenglassaugh came ‘on board’ last year as our maritime sponsor, which enabled us to bring back Reaper, a 120 year old Fifie from the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Fife and attract new vessels to take part in the event. 

“Continuing this relationship with the team, as our main sponsor for 2024 and 2025, will allow us to proceed with our plans to enhance and diversify the festival programme. The festival is a feast for the senses where you can see the finest traditional sailing craft, hear a great line-up of live music and enjoy a taste of Portsoy, with a dram of Glenglassaugh’s superb coastal single malts, paired with some delicious Scottish food and drink.” 

Earlier this year Glenglassaugh released a collection of old and rare cask bottlings dating back to the 1970s. Taking its name from the precious serpentine marble found in the cliffs surrounding Glenglassaugh Distillery, The Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection launches with three exceptional expressions. Each one – bottled from a single cask and individually numbered – is aged over 48 years old and captures the coastal spirit of the Highland whisky.

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