Published: 07/06/2017 16:13 - Updated: 07/06/2017 16:28

Sail Loft flooding to be assessed

Written byChris Saunderson

A £1.8 MILLION tourist facility has been flooded.

The sail loft at Portsoy is surrounded by flood water. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.
The sail loft at Portsoy is surrounded by flood water. Photo: Lyn MacDonald.

The Sail Loft bunkhouse at Portsoy opened earlier this year following a major renovation project.

It was full last weekend for the 8th Haal traditional music festival in the town and has a lot of bookings for June, including the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at the end of June.

The incessant rain of the last two days saw the Back Green area badly flooded. which was compounded by a high tide.

The accommodation part of the hostel was not affected as that was constructed on the highest part of the site, however, the communal kitchen and living room areas have been affected.

The Banffie reported earlier this year a four star award for the Sail Loft bunkhouse.
The Banffie reported earlier this year a four star award for the Sail Loft bunkhouse.

Vivien Rae, marketing manager with Portsoy Community Enterprise, which operates the facility, said: "The road to the other side has subsided so there is not a road across to the sail loft.

"The pump system has kicked into action and that has reduced some of the damage. Everybody in Portsoy has been taken aback by the volume of water.

"The tide was in so the burn couldn't drain away. It was like waterfalls coming down the back of the sail loft.

"Our resident warden and one guest were there but they were safely taken out first thing this morning."

She said the damage will be fully assessed in the next day or so and work will commence to get the loft back in action as soon as possible.

"It was fully booked for the Haal festival and is booked out every weekend in June."

The heavy rain comes in the wake of a mini tornado at Cornhill Highland Games last Saturday.

Ms Rae, who was at the games, said: "The pipe band had just finished when a freak gust of wind lifted the beer tent and other tents. I felt sorry for the stallholders, it was crazy."

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