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Vikings 2019-10-07T16:23:16+00:00

We are excited to announce that following the resounding success of 2019, the Up Helly Aa Viking Jarl Squad will return in 2020!

Up to 50 Vikings will descend on Portsoy on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 June.

Viking Parade – Saturday 20 June, 2pm at The Wally Green

A Viking Parade led by Portsoy Pipe Band will take place on Saturday, leaving the Wally Green at 2pm, parading through the Festival area to the New Harbour.  Children are invited to join the parade – come along in Viking dress, bring your own handmade shield or pop along to the Mobile Library Van by the Salmon Bothy on Saturday morning to make one before the parade.  Prizes for best dressed and best shield, kindly sponsored by NorthLink Ferries.  No need to book, just meet at 2pm at the Wally Green.

Viking Torch-Lit Parade Advice for torch bearers

Viking Torch-Lit Parade, Saturday 20 June, 6.30pm Loch Soy.  

In an exciting participative event, you can join the Vikings in a torch-lit parade around the streets of Portsoy! Leaving Loch Soy at 6.30pm, the procession will make its way through the town, led by the Jarl Squad and Portsoy Pipe Band, culminating in the burning of a wooden boat at The Links.

And you can join in!  Over 16s are invited to purchase a torch at cost of £TBC, which will be lit and then carried by you as part of the procession.  Get your family and friends together to create your own mini squad and come along in fancy dress (optional but fun!), just like the Shetlanders do for Up Helly Aa!  Torches are limited and will be issued in advance on a first come first serve basis.

To reserve your torch, please email myles@stbfportsoy.org   All proceeds from the sale of torches go towards funds for The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Ceilidh with The Vikings, Saturday 20 June – Details TBC

Come and enjoy a family friendly ceilidh with the Vikings!  More information and ticket details to follow.