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Portsoy Art and Craft Studios

The NESPT is considering developing art and craft studios in one of the empty buildings at Portsoy Harbour. To help with the development of the idea please complete this survey: 

Portsoy Tweed Sale – 3rd-9th Oct

There will be a sale of rare tweed taking place in the Granary, Shorehead, Portsoy from Monday 3 October until Sunday 9 October from 1100 - 1500. The late Tom Burnett-Stuart bought the entire stock of a tweed mill in Keith when it closed down many years ago. This is an opportunity to see and [...]

Doors Open Days 2022

As part of Aberdeenshire's Doors Open Days event this year, a number of NESPT projects will be open for visits. On Saturday and Sunday 17/18th September, The Granary at Portsoy will be open. Paul Higson, Project Director, will also be on site. The NESPT has been left six historic, listed buildings at Portsoy Harbour in [...]

Refurbished former bank revealed

The scaffolding is down and the beautifully refurbished exterior of the former Clydesdale Bank in Fraserburgh is revealed. Extensive repairs have been carried out to the category B listed building including a new roof, new double-glazed windows and repointed stonework. The work has been carried out by the buildings owner, the North East Scotland Preservation [...]

Unique opportunity in the Scottish hotel industry

It’s not often that a genuinely exciting opportunity comes along, but perhaps this is what you’ve been searching for? If you have solid hotel management experience and are looking for your own premises; or maybe you own a small chain and are looking for your next growth location; or want to break into the industry [...]

Fraserburgh hotel project provides training for three young men

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) is working hard to convert two derelict buildings in the centre of Fraserburgh into a hotel. Phase 1 of the project is due for completion at the end of November, with phase 2 continuing into next year. Following a competitive tender process, the NESPT appointed local contractor V [...]

Future of historic harbour-side buildings secured for generations to come

A range of historic, listed buildings at Portsoy Harbour that recently formed the backdrop to an episode of Peaky Blinders and featured in the remake of the film Whisky Galore, are to be conserved and revitalised by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT). The four buildings, right beside the sea at Portsoy’s historic harbour, [...]

Significant milestone achieved on Fraserburgh hotel project

Convertion of the former John Trail Bookshop in Fraserburgh into a hotel has achieved a significant milestone in recent weeks, with the craning into position of new dormer windows on the front of building overlookind Mid Street. The windows were custom made in the workshop of the main contractor, V G Willox Ltd. The project [...]

Notice of NESPT virtual AGM 2020

The NESPT will be holding its first ever virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday 20 November 2020 at 12.00 noon. It will be held by Microsoft Teams and anyone wishing to attend should email Paul Higson at

Trust project shortlisted for design award

The recently completed NESPT project at 49 to 53 Bridge Street in Banff has been short-listed as a finalist in the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards (AALDA).   Run by Aberdeenshire Council's Build Heritage team, the 12th biennial awards have this year gone digital in response to COVID-19. The NESPT project has been shortlisted in [...]