2014 Anstruther Harbour Festival

The 2014 Anstruther Harbour Festival was held from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 August.  By popular demand the large marquee was back on the quayside for the Festival's music events. 

The Festival started on Friday evening with a march by the City of St Andrews Pipe Band leading a procession from Waid down to the harbourfront.

This was followed by a ceilidh in the Festival marquee - with lots of audience participation in response to the excellent local ceilidh band Nackytoosh

See Photo Gallery of the Festival's events

  The Friday evening procession included Anstruther Lifeboat's inshore rescue boat, manned by some very young crewmembers

Anstruther Harbour Festival’s events on Saturday got off to an early - and colourful - start.

The Festival adapted the always-popular duck race held earlier in the year by Anstruther Improvements Association, so instead of bright yellow rubber ducks being let loose into the Dreel Burn, a multi-coloured cascade of more fitting rubber boats was launched.

Tickets had been sold throughout the town in the lead up to the day and there were prizes for those corresponding to the first three boats across the finishing line, with £50 for first place, an Osprey boat ticket for second, and £10 fish and chip voucher for third








Photo courtesy & © East Fife Mail


There was a good crowd for the craft and food stalls, childrens' activitries and street entertainers at the harbourfront

Stalls on the Folly harbourfront included craft jewellry, hand-made chocolates, pirate artefacts, charity and emergency organisations, and a RNLI Cookout stall with burgers/kippers/bacon rolls

Also on the Folly was Fife's MAC bus, a mobile museum with its exhibition on Fife's Great War and the stories of Fife people who took part

However strong winds on Saturday afternoon meant things closed early, and the afternoon Jazz Band and Sea Shanty music events and several kids' activities took place in the marquee rather than on the harbourfront.

The strong winds also limited the number of boats attending the Anstruther Muster - only 24 visitors compared to the 50 to 100 boats of previous years, and also cut short the Festival's East of Scotland Boat Jumble.

However the Festival's Classic Boat Rally was a great success, attracting more entries than last year and all of a very high standard

The photo opposite shows Fifie fishing luggers "Good Hope" and "Marean" and the smaller Fifie lugger "Rose Leaf", with 1950s lifeboat "St Andrew" in the background

See Photo Gallery of Classic Boats at the Festival


The Festival's Saturday evening music event in the marquee, featuring rock band Obsession, was well attended, and went on  till late.

Prizes for the Muster's sailing events were presented by Anstruther Fisher Lad & Lass, as photograph opposite. Prizes awarded were _

  • Best Classic Boat - to Bob Clunas for "Marean"
  • Oldest Boat - to Sean Dooley for "Rose Leaf"
  • Furthest Travelled Boat - to Bill Kennaway with "Caperdonich"
  • Best Dressed Boat - to Natalie Thomson for "Claymore"

Anstruther Improvements Association also held a Best-Dressed Shop Window competition as part of the Festival. Winners were :

  • First Prize - Pathhead Nurseries
  • Second Prize - Charisma
  • Third Prize - jointly between Ingrid's Hairdressing, East Neuk Pharmacy and Barnett's Artisan Bakers.

The Festival's Grand Raffle was drawn in the marquee, with a lot of exceptionally valuable prizes donated by local businesses, including Cellar Restaurant, Balgove Larder, Craig Millar Restaurant, Spindrift Hotel, Boathouse Bar & Bistro, Haven Restaurant, Cocoa Tree Chocolate, Cambo Beer Festival, St Andrews Botanic Garden, Highland Chocolatier, Petite Epicerie, Morton of Pitmilly, Elie Deli, Crail Pottery, Crail Whole Smoked Food, Honeypot Tea Room, Scores Hotel, Chillilicious - see list of donors, prizes and prizewinners

The Scottish Submariners Association's memorial service for the Battle of May Island bravely went ahead on Saturday in spite of the wind

In the Fisheries Museum, FoodfromFife held "Chefs at School" cookery demonstrations focussed on local seafood. And the Museum's Model Boat Club held their annual exhibition in the Museum workshop

Sunday morning saw a full house in the marquee for an interdenominational  "Service of the Sea" and the departure of most of the Muster's visiting boats

Thanks are due to Alaistair Ramsay and Robert Melville for the excellent photographs


Sponsors  for the 2014 Anstruther Harbour Festival include :

  • Fife Council Common Good Fund and Local Area Budget
  • Anstruther Community Council
  • Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Spindrift Hotel
  • Anstruther Fish Bar
  • Intermarine Pontoon Design & Construction
  • Pagan Osborne
  • A9 Partnership Accountants
  • Anstruther Community Kist
  • Newburgh Signs