Stonehaven Folk Festival was established in 1989 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. There is a wide range of events, many free, throughout the Town over the weekend from main stage concerts in the Town Hall to informal sessions and singarounds in the pubs and around the Harbour. Musically, a wide and diverse range of traditional and contemporary “folk” music and song will be on offer featuring local and International artists. There is also a good workshop programme using performers at the festival to share their skills and knowledge.
There are of course some fun things such as the World Paper’n’Comb Championships on Saturday and the Aqua Ceilidh in the Open Air swimming pool on the Sunday morning.
Stonehaven is a picturesque harbour Town situated just 15 miles south of Aberdeen and is easily accessible by bus, rail and road.
The venues are identified on the map included in the Festival Guide. Links to assist you to find the venues are also given below
Promenade AB39 2RD
41 Evan Street AB39 2ET
26 Market Square AB39 2BA
8 Barclay Street AB39 2BJ
Bath Street, AB39 2DH
19 Bridgefield AB39 2HY
Shorehead AB39 2JY
Beach Road AB39 2RD
9 Allardice Street AB39 2BS
Recreation Grounds AB39 2RD
44 Allardice Street AB39 2BU
Wallace Wynd. AB39 2LA
5 Shorehead Stonehaven AB39 2JY
Allardice Street, AB39 2BU
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How to get here
Stonehaven is situated on the North East coast of Scotland.
The town lies 50 miles north of Dundee and just 15 miles south of Aberdeen.
From the south
There are two routes you can take to Stonehaven from the south. The first is the coastal route, which if you wish will take you past Dunnottar Castle, the War Memorial and offer views of the harbour – not to be missed if you are coming from the south! Stonehaven is well signposted on the A92 road.
The A90 dual carriageway will also take you to Stonehaven which is well signposted.
From the north
If you are coming to Stonehaven from the north, take the A90 southbound. Stonehaven is 15 miles south of Aberdeen city. The first turn-off (signposted) will take you to the centre of Stonehaven.
Stonehaven is well served by train and bus. A bus service runs almost every hour to and from Aberdeen, though less frequent on a Sunday. The main departure and drop-off point is Barclay Street, a stone’s throw from the Market Square in the centre of the town. For an up to date timetable please click here.
Trains also run almost every 30 minutes to Stonehaven. Services from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow stop at Stonehaven. The train station is around 15 minutes walk from the Market Square and is signposted. For train times please refer to the Scotrail website.
There is a Camping and Caravaning Club site in Stonehaven, this is extremely popular and needs to be booked well in advance.
There is also a Festival Campsite run by the Sea Cadets
Click on links for more information
B&B’s and Hotels
Stonehaven is very fortunate that it has a great selection of accommodation – with extremely friendly landlords/landladies!
If you are looking for accommodation, here are a few ideas of how to source your requirements!
|Stonehaven Guide:||Visit – Stonehaven Guide and find out more about local accommodation|
|+44 (0)1569 762806
Allardice Street, Stonehaven AB39 2AA
|Main Visit Scotland
|0845 8591 006 (from within the UK)|
|Tourist Information Opening Times
|10 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday
1 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday
|Email Enquiry Form|
|Post||Scottish Booking & Info Centre, visitscotland.com,
PO Box 121, Livingston, EH54 8AF, Scotland
The financial contributions from Public Bodies, Event Sponsors and advertisers is extremely important to the Festival – we do not receive annual financial support from any public body and rely on fundraising, sponsorship and specific funding each year
The Committee gratefully acknowledges the support we have had over the years and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the companies and organisations who have helped us past, present and future.
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- Andy Hall Photography – Photographer of places and people
- Stonehaven Open Air Pool -
- Dunnottar Castle
- Celtic Chords – Traditional Music Shop, Barclay Street, Stonehaven
- Folk Roots – Magazine
- Foot Stompin Music -
- Girvan Folk Festival -
- Grampian Association of Storytellers -
- Living Tradition – Magazine
- Music in Scotland – A Gateway to Scotland’s Music
- SC&T – Scottish Culture and Traditions.
- Stonehaven Folk Club – Meets every Friday night throughout the year
- TMSA – Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.
- Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective – New for 2016 a very interesting mix of workshops and ceilidhs
- About Aberdeen – The information guide to the best attractions and places to visit in Aberdeenshire Scotland
- Art Forum Scotland – One of the featured artists, Eileen Dyson, has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to provide an informative and friendly service to fans of artwork, and artists alike, that have a connection with Scotland. Their aim is to encourage amateur artists and art fans, primarily in the North East, to continue to share and enjoy art with a local feel to it all.
- Colin Brown – Official website of Colin Brown, contemporary Scottish artist.
- Mearns Leader – All our local news.
- This is North Scotland – For all the NE news.
To volunteer or help at the Festival please contact
For Artists’ Enquiries about bookings for 2016, please contact
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Please note we do not have a craft fare or require outside catering facilities, equipment hire etc. If your enquiry is about any of these we may not reply.
For Ticket Enquiries After 1 April 2016 please contact:
If possible – please call between 5 & 9 pm only on weekday evening/weekends (no texts please!)