June 2021 (tbc)
The Keith & Dufftown Railway puts on an excellent weekend of wartime memories as you travel from station to station in the company of young soldiers on their way to the western front and experience the resilliance and fortitude of those left behind.
Period costume and fun for all the family. Food and drink available at both ends of the line and live music on the platform at Dufftown.
Pie ‘n’ Pint Evening
June 2021 (tbc)
Ride the whisky line between Dufftown and Keith with a pie and pint while enjoying a musical treat.
The Traditional Boat Festival
20th – 21st June 2021
Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Cheer on the crews as the take part in competitive sailing on the opens seas, enthralling the crowds gathered by the harbourside who watch on in excited anticipation.
Breathe in the aromas of fresh cooked fish, meats and other fine foods, which may prove too much to resists as you wander through the Festival drinking in the atmosphere and the many activities and melodies around you.
Spirit of Speyside Gin Festival
July 2021 (tbc)
Adding to the boom in Gin festivals around Scotland, this will be the third year of this exciting gin event in the heart of Scotland’s best-known whisky-producing region after 2020’s had to be cancelled.
Spirit of Speyside: The Gin Experience comes from the team behind the Spirit of Speyside brand, which already stages the largest Whisky Festival in the world.
For this day a celebration of the growing popularity of gin will become the focus of Speyside and themes events will take place across the region, hosted by local venues and distilleries.
More specific information will be available nearer the date. Let us know if you want to be kept up to date.
Grouse Shooting Season
12th August – 10th December 2021
The best of the grouse season is in August and the first half of September, but in good weather the Autumn can produce excellent sport. Shooting over pointers is fascinating and highly recommended and we can arrange moorland ranges, guides, beaters and very experienced dog teams.
Shooting parties are always welcome at Isla Bank House where we have installed secure gun lockers for overnight storage of guests’ firearms and amunition.