Argyll is famous for its festivals; highland games, highland dancing, and Scottish country music, to name a few. If you plan to visit during these times, you are strongly advised to book your accommodation well in advance as during the festivals there is an over whelming demand for accommodation. The festivals are all very well attended and people come from far and wide as these festivals are an established part of the Scottish festivals calendar. Most of the festivals have highland games, highland dancing, and music.
Loch Fyne Food Fair - A Feast of West Coast Food, Wine and Live Entertainment has now become an annual event held usually over the second weekend in May every year. Stalls open from 9am to 5pm. Location: Fields next to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow. A feast of West Coast food, drink and entertainment featuring a wide range of foods, sold by the producers including Lochfyne and food from Argyll. Ales are supplied by Fyne Ales. There will be Live music on both days. There will also be a Craft tent and Childrens Entertainment including wall climbing, trampolines, bouncy castle, kiddies rides and face painting. For details contact: Virginia Sumsion, Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BL. Call 01499600482 to book a table in the Oyster Bar, email.
The next fair will be on May 14-15, 2016 .
Lochgilphead Celtic & Pictish Festival - This Lochgilphead Community Council organised festival presents: (1) The Swords of Dalriada Re-enactment Group. They will construct a settlement on the front green and they will provide weapons and fighting displays along with living history tents, textiles, food, etc; (2) Tara Coggins from Ardfern and her team will be constructing a Celtic Roundhouse and they will be running workshops in Celtic Knot work, Pictish Carving, mini Archaeological digs and Object Handling, Weaving and Spinning; (3) ArtMap Argyll members will be on hand with their displays/workshops in Spinning, Textile work, Weaving, Basket making, Stone carving, Ogham writing, Jewellery making and more; (4) Blarbuie Woodlands will be there offering info/display on foraging; (5) Argyll Green Woodworkers will also be displaying their skills and letting people try various techniques; and (6) There will be Celtic style Face-painting and temporary Tattooing. We hope to confirm more participants soon.
The next fair will be on August 6, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
Tarbert Seafood Festival has been regularly held since 1967. The festival is usually held during the first full weekend in July every year. Many stalls are erected along the Harbour Street. You should park your vehicle away from this street as it usually overflows with visitors, street performers and cooking stalls. The visitors can sample the deliciously cooked Scottish seafood while exploring the other stalls lining the Harbour Street. You will find the vendors selling everything from hand made crafts to souvenirs. The music is loud, may be live and plentiful. The entire Harbour Street is well decorated and there is no admission fee.
The next year's festival will be on July 2-3, 2016.
Mull Rally is organized by the 2300 Club, a group of motor sport enthusiasts based in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK. This event is held every October on the Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland.
The car rally is held annually, the event is open to anybody who would like to have a go in the appropriate vehicle. The event runs from Friday Evening to Sunday morning in three discrete sections. The cars compete against the clock over the public roads which are closed to the public during the event.
The roads are all tarmac, single track lanes with numerous hairpins, steep hills, and big drops. For details contact Mr. Neil Molyneux, Walkers Castle, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ. Telephone: 01254 826564 Fax: 01254 878188.
The next rally will be on October 14-16, 2016.
West Highland Tennis Championships is locally known as Oban Tennis Tournament. This tournament caters for all levels of ability in tennis and for a wide age range. The Gents and Ladies Championship Singles are part of the SLTA Senior Grand Prix.
The Championship will again be held over the final 3 days (Fri - Sun). Championship Events are the Open and Under 21 events. Players may enter two events and give an option for a third event. The Junior events cater for juniors 6.1 and above rating and events will be held on Thursday 30 June. Please contact Neil for more details. The Veterans' day is a relaxed friendly day with coffee and scones to start then lots of good competition, and home baking all through the day. Handicap events give non championship players the chance to do well.
There are five (5) courts; three (3) artificial grass, and two (2) hard courts. The social side of the tournament is considered very important and they put on different events in the evenings: quiz, bbq, council reception, wine and cheese welcome. For details email, Telephone: 01631 563516, 0r write to the Tournament Secretary, Joan Tolmie, Lismore House, Rockfield Road, Oban.
The next Championships dates: July 1-4, 2016
Local / Handicap events dates: June 27 to 1 July, 2016.
Scottish Series (also known locally as Tarbert Boat Race) is the premier sailing event in Scotland and it is the second largest sailing series in the United Kingdom. The Series is organized by the Clyde Cruising Club and its Scottish Series Yacht Race has now become one of the biggest events in the British Yachting calendar. The race is usually held in May/ June every year.
Tarbert is proud of a beautiful natural harbour which is now well maintained, well equipped with permanent pontoons and moorings, well provided with showers and toilets. More than 300 boats usually participate in various boating events. If you need more information, click here to visit their web site.
The next race will be on May 27-30, 2016.
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