Banffshire Coast News

New Life for Derelict Cottages in Portsoy

Historic sail-making cottages in Portsoy are set to be regenerated in a £1.8 million project.

Derelict cottages at the Back Green, Portsoy will be restored and converted into bunkhouse accommodation for walkers, cyclists and other visitors to the area.  Confirmation of an £873,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has signalled the green light for the project.

This is the first scheme in Scotland to be awarded funding through HLF's Heritage Enterprise scheme and is being undertaken by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT).  Once completed, the 4-star bunkhouse - which will accommodate up to 25 visitors - will be operated as a community business by the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.  The bunkhouse will also provide accommodation for participants on the residential boat building courses to be run at the new Boatshed facility under construction at the harbour.

The project has already received funding from Historic Scotland through the Portsoy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and from the Architectural Heritage Fund.  The outcome of a funding application to the Coastal Communities Fund for £450,000 will be known in December.

The buildings, known as the Back Green, comprise a former sail-making loft and associated cottages.  The category-B listed buildings are located in the Portsoy Conservation Area, close to the town's caravan park.  Traditional materials will be used in the restoration of the 19th century building used for sail-making.  Among the traditional materials to be used in the makeover are timber-slated roofs and clay pantiles.

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