2016 Anstruther Harbour Festival

The Festival  was held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June 

The Festival opened with a lifeboat-led pipe band parade, and throughout the day there were music events in the Festival's harbourside marquee and in the main marquee . This was followed by a display by top scottish country dancing troupe Dunedin Dancers, then a ceilidh in the Festival's big marquee featuring celebrated local ceilidh band Nackytoosh,

After the ceilidh closed, there was a Grand Fireworks Display at the harbour. The display by Midnight Storm Fireworks utilised a huge range of effects, with projectiles landeing on the water before exploding with colourful fountains.


On both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival we revived 'Anster Fair', Anstruther's historic annual market day, immortalised in the burlesque epic poem of the same name written by local man William Tennant in 1812, which is set in the Scotland of James VI.

Our Anster Fair 2016 had craft stalls and local artisan food sellers in a dedicated big marquee on the Folly harbourfront and in the old Sun Tavern building next to the Museum, plus art workshops, live music and childrens' activities in the Festival's other big marquee on the middle pier, and street entertainers, plus special events in the Fisheries Museum 

As usual, the Harbour Festival weekend saw the harbour full of visiting boats for the annual Anstruther Muster and for a Classic Boat Rally of historic fishing vessels, yachts and working boats. 

Muster trophies awared were :

  • Classic Boat of the Year - Britannia, skipper Sandy Aitken
  • Best Dressed Boat - Salty Dog, skipper Eck Anderson
  • Furthest Travelled Boat - Deinaira from Arbroath, skipper Karl Abel
  • Oldest Boat - White Wing from Anstruther
  • Smallest Boat - - Deinaira from Arbroath, skipper Karl Abel

All day Saturday the Scottish Fisheries Museum's Open Day allowed free entry to the Museum.

Below right, the Museum’s historic 70’ sailing drifter ‘Reaper’ brought  in Anstruther Fisher Lass & Lad for their naming ceremony, following which Reaper was open to the public.




Also on Saturday afternoon, St Ayles Rowing Club held  their Community Challenge rowing skiff races, with competing teams from local organisations and businesses.

Winners were the team from the famous Anstruther Fish Bar