Festival Info

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

Beach Pavillion

Promenade AB39 2RD

Belvedere Hotel

41 Evan Street AB39 2ET

British Legion

26 Market Square AB39 2BA

Celtic Chords

8 Barclay Street AB39 2BJ

Community Education Centre

Bath Street, AB39 2DH

John Briggs basement (JBB)

19 Bridgefield AB39 2HY

Marine Hotel

Shorehead AB39 2JY

Market Square

Open Air Pool

Beach Road AB39 2RD

Queens Hotel

9 Allardice Street AB39 2BS

Recreation Club

Recreation Grounds AB39 2RD

Royal Hotel

44 Allardice Street AB39 2BU

Shepherds Hall

Wallace Wynd. AB39 2LA

Ship Inn

5 Shorehead Stonehaven AB39 2JY

St Bridget’s Hall

Dunnottar Avenue

Stonehaven Town Hall

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.

Public transport

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.

Location Map

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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
Local Tourist
Information Office:
+44 (0)1569 762806
Allardice Street, Stonehaven AB39 2AA
Main Visit Scotland
Telephone No:
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 Email Enquiry Form
Websites http://www.visitscotland.com
Post Scottish Booking & Info Centre, visitscotland.com,
PO Box 121, Livingston, EH54 8AF, Scotland
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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.

Other Supporters

Workshops, Youth Workshops and community events.The Festival is very grateful for the support from all the local businesses, pubs, clubs and bars who regularly support us – please use them while you visit the Town.

2017 Funding


Friday Night concert – tbc

Saturday Night concert – tbc

Sunday Night concert – tbc



The Festival is especially grateful to -

Celtic Chords Traditional Music Shop for all the help Pete provides by selling tickets

Traditional Music Forum

Mearns FM

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  • 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.
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Guestbook Entries

I cannot believe it is 21 years since we first met in the “Crown” and planned number 1. Do you remember that we only had 4 Fresnells and the best we could do was a blue backwash overimposed with a St. Andrew X? and that was the finale?
Remember the mysteriously disappearing on-stage boat?
No-one could work out how we managed to get the mast up?
Best wishes for you all – I wish I could be with you – it was so much fun.

To the current Technical Director – beat me at my own game – and make me proud.

Brian Moffat (Technical Director No. 1)
Stonehaven Folk Festival

Brian Moffat
November 1, 2009

hey i am captin awesome fae captin awesome and the cool crew and i am only 13 years old. we have been busking the last few nights and we jammed at the aqua ceileidh. we had a really good time. we hope to do more next year. and a big thankyou to all the organisers

captin awesome
July 12, 2009

Fantastic to have Barbara Dickson at the festival. Magical live artist and now – with a return to her folk roots – making some of the best music of her career.

January 15, 2008

hi, from nordenham/ (northern) germany,
we, my scotish friends (thx Ken, thx Ken, thx Grace) went to stonehavenfolk festival 2006 quite spontanioully, i didn´t knew what to come.
what i found?
a really warm welcome from peoples i´ve never met before ( specially the young butcher, he sold the sandwiches)an the jaegermeister, we drank outside the hotel.
what i found most impressive was the peaceful atmosphere at stonehavenduring the festival, specially on sunday at the harbour.
i´ve really enjoyed it and i´ll be back next year.
looking forward…

November 9, 2006

Who is Mike Peters you ask? I did mean Eddie Walker, silly me! So I am old but I will be there next year.

Best wishes


Michael Rosedale
August 5, 2006

Congratulations on another fine selection of performers and Festival.

Mike Peters was excellent with his playing and song, plus his added musical research gave a new focus for us.

Vin garbutt singing and his antedotal humour had the audiance in “stitches” and calling for more

We did feel that he second part of the Blues concert a little too loud for the size of room, but never the less enjoyable.

We only saw The New Rope String Band in the Market square and wished we had tickets for there earlier perfomance.

Well done again, from all eight of us, reserve nine tickets for us in 2007, see you all there


Michael Rosedale
August 5, 2006

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Isla Duncan
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Charlie West

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