David Urquhart, chair of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival committee with the 1938 Renault Primaquatre cars.

Visit Portsoy – by order of the Peaky Blinders

By Published On: 17th June 20222.6 min readCategories: Events

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Fans of the cult television show, Peaky Blinders can follow in the footsteps of gang leader Tommy Shelby at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Two of the original classic 1938 Renault Primaquatre cars will be on display on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June in the historic harbour of Portsoy, where two episodes were filmed.

Stars of the show Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) and Finn Cole (Michael Gray) stayed in Portsoy for five days in early 2021, to shoot the final episodes, with the historic harbour being transformed into the French island of Miquelon in North America, during the 1930s. 

Fans of the cult television show, Peaky Blinders can follow in the footsteps of Birmingham-gang leader, Tommy Shelby at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Fans of the cult television show, Peaky Blinders can follow in the footsteps of Birmingham-gang leader, Tommy Shelby at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Only the best and most expensive cars were good enough for the Shelby family and visitors to the annual celebration of maritime heritage, will have the rare opportunity to see the vehicles used in the dramatic final showdown between Tommy Shelby and his cousin, Michael Gray. The cars will be in position on the harbour, as they were in the explosive scenes where Michael Gray met his fate.

Traditional fishing boats, which were used in series six, will drop anchor for the two-day event. They include Comet, a 16m ex-fishing boat which was re-painted in custom colours - by order of the Peaky Blinders. A traditional salmon coble boat, fishing vessels the St Tod and the Sarah Anne which also appeared in Whisky Galore, will be there too.

Several buildings around the harbour featured in the TV series. These include, warehouses, hotels and the Police Station, locations where visitors can take a ‘Shelby selfie’ posing in the spots where Tommy, the mastermind of the Shelby empire, did his dealings.

“It is a real coup to bring the original cars from Peaky Blinders to Portsoy. The show has captivated fans all over the world and we are giving visitors to the festival the unique opportunity to sit inside and see these vintage cars, up close and take a ‘Shelby selfie’. Flat caps are optional,” said David Urquhart, chair of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival committee.

“The final series of Peaky Blinders attracted an audience of over seven million and for Portsoy to have an association with a production of that magnitude, it really is something for our community to be proud of. We felt that the addition of the ‘Peaky’ features this year, would not only bring a new element, but also attract some of the show’s following to Portsoy. People will be able to see the car and boats that Shelby and his associates travelled in and visit the places where memorable final scenes were shot, while soaking up the unique atmosphere and entertainment we have at the festival.”

The 29th annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival will celebrate maritime heritage with a range of delights for all the senses from boats, music and crafts to food for all the family. It is expected to attract around 16,000 visitors over the two days and will see the finest craft in the Scottish historic fishing fleet drop anchor in Portsoy.