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South West Scotland has many beautiful villages and small towns just waiting for you to discover.

We have Scotland`s Highest Village, Scotland`s Most Southerly Village, Scotland`s Book Town, a Food Town, an Artist`s town,  scores of Coastal Villages and many more……….

All with friendly accommodation owners waiting to welcome you and help you make the most of your valuable holiday time in and around South West Scotland.

……always something to see & do!

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  • Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink 2019

    A two day event in 2019 the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019   Save the dates! 8th & 9th June 2019 We are delighted to let everyone know that the award-wining Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink returns in 2019. Funding has been […]

  • Big Burns Supper 2019

          Probably the largest Burns Supper Event in Scotland or beyond – 12 days, many venues and a Burns Night Carnival with a cast of over 5,000! One of the mail attractions for 2019 is none other than K T Tunstall! Not one to miss – entertainment includes cabaret, comedy, music and poetry. […]

  • Boswell Book Festival 2019

    Boswell Book Festival is held each May in Dumfries House, Cumnock. The Festival is named after James Boswell, a writer from Ayrshire who is regarded as being the inventor of modern biography. Authors featured by Boswell Book Festival in the past have included Sally Magnusson, Kate Adie, Bill Paterson, John Byrne and many more.   […]

  • Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival 2017

    A celebration of Local Food and Drink in Castle Douglas – September 2017

  • Creative Whithorn Arts and Crafts Trail 2018

    arts in Whithorn

    A weekend of events, demonstrations, displays and exhibitions in Whithorn. Whithorn Arts & Crafts Trail for 2018 is 11 & 12 August.

  • Dumfries Show 2019

    Dumfries Show First held in 1962, following the amalgamation of the Dumfries and Lockerbie agricultural shows, Dumfries Show is an old established agricultural society and is now considered to be the largest one day show in the country. It is a traditional agricultural show held on the first Saturday in August each year. Dumfries, being […]

  • Electric Fields Festival 2019

    Electric fields festival

    Electric Fields is described as a Scottish Boutique Music Festival. It is held at Drumlanrig Castle near Thornhill in Dumfries & Galloway The Electric Fields Festival appeals to a wide range of ages due, not only to the differing musical genres but also the other attractions such as a kids play area, crafts, real ale […]

  • Galloway Country Fair 2019

    Galloway Country Fair COUNTRY PURSUITS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL… 17th & 18th August 2019 Join us for the award-winning Galloway Country Fair 2019, set in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. Galloway Country Fair is an annual two day event held on the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and […]

  • Galloway Hills Rally 2019

    This motorsport event is organised by the Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs and has been held every year since 1974. The Castle Douglas based event, attracts competitors from throughout the UK and is a forestry car rally with 44 exciting miles on forestry roads. You can spectate at all of the forestry stages […]

  • Girvan Traditional Folk Festival 2019

    GIRVAN TRADITIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL NEXT FESTIVAL 3 – 5 May, 2019. The Girvan Traditional Folk Festival celebrated its 40th Anniversary in May 2014. It is one of Scotland’s longest established folk festivals. It is now looking forward to 50 years and beyond.

  • Historic Environment Scotland 2018

    Historic Environment Scotland JULY 2018   MacLellan’s Castle Late Night Openings Tuesdays and Thursdays in July 2018 Open until 8pm, last entry 7.30pm Join us to enjoy MacLellan’s Castle at twilight.  You don’t need to book, just plan your visit and pay on arrival. Caerlaverock Castle Late Night Openings Tuesdays and Thursdays in July 2018 Open until 8pm, […]

  • Jazz Weekend, Stranraer

    JAZZ FESTIVAL @ NORTH WEST CASTLE North West Castle Hotel is a brand new venue hosting a Jazz Weekend from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October, 2018, when some of the UK’s highly talented musicians will provide varied styles of music in spacious and comfortable surroundings. A superb programme of New Orleans, Dixieland, Hot Club, Mainstream, Music of the […]

  • Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail 2018

        For 2018, the Kirkcudbright Art & Crafts Trail is from Friday 3 August until Monday 6th August. Details will be added soon – in 2015 the trail had 101 venues and over 200 participants. The 2018 Trail will be the 15th year this popular event has been held.

  • Kirkcudbright Events 2018 by Visit Kirkcudbright

    Kirkcudbright has a busy schedule of events throughout the 2018 season. MARCH 25 March          Kirkcudbright Farmers & Producers Market APRIL 30 Mar/1Apr   Village Fair 22 April             Kirkcudbright Farmer & Producers Market MAY 6    May              Kirkcudbright Annual Plant […]

  • Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

    Come to Kirkcudbright in October for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. Kirkcudbright Festival of Light is 10 days of performances. art installations and illuminated experiences Find out all about this amazing event in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland by visiting their website on the link button below. Kirkcudbright is also on the newly launched road route – […]

  • Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival 2018

    Kirkcudbright jazz festival

    The 21st Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival takes place between 14th – 17 June 2018 The Kircudbright Jazz Festival offers visitors a variety of quality live music to suit jazz lovers of all ages.

  • Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2019

    One of the top music events in South West Scotland Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is a 4 day roots music festival in the Galloway Hills near Carsphairn. The festival attracts top Celtic and world music bands and has been described as the best festival between the Heilan Glens and the Himalayan snow! A limited number of […]

  • Langholm Common Riding 2019

    Langholm, “The Muckle Toon” has seen tradition upheld for over 250 years with the Annual Langholm Common Riding which takes place every year on the last Friday in July. This year sees The Common Riding on Friday July 26th 2019 The event starts at 5am with the flute band parading the town and draws to […]

  • Lockerbie Jazz Festival

    lockerbie jazz festival

    Lockerbie Jazz Festival is a well established event in South West Scotland. For 2016 a wide variety of genres are available including Blues, Cajun, Gypsy Swing and much more. One of the stars of 2016 is Hamish Stewart – one of the “Glasgow Guitars” in the Average White Band and amongst many other things, at […]

  • Moniaive Folk Festival 2019

    Moniaive folk festival parade

    Join the team at the Moniaive Folk Festival.    

  • Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2018

    The Moniave Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival for 2018 will be held on 28 – 30 September. This is the 10th annual festival and features top class acts from Scotland, England, The Netherlands and the USA. Full details can be found on the Festival Website.

  • Mull of Galloway International Heritage Weekend 2018

    Mull of Galloway

    International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (ILHW) intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage. This years event is 18th and 19th August 2018 ILHW coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which was founded by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group with the aim of radio operators transmitting from […]

  • Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2019

    newton stewart traditional music festival

      Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2019     6TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as […]

  • Portpatrick Folk Festival 2019

    Portpatrick Folk Festival sessions

    Portpatrick Folk Festival  2019   The ever popular Portpatrick Folk Festival will take place as usual on the first weekend in September 6th to the 8th 2019. The usual sessions will take place inside (and outside) the participating pubs and it is hoped that a very substantial number of musicians will attend. As with 2017, […]

  • Portpatrick Jazz Festival 2017

    portpatrick Jazz Festival in South West Scotland

    The first ever Portpatrick Jazz Festival will be held on the last weekend of June 2017 at various hotels and also Portpatrick Village Hall Acts include:- Jerry Forde`s New Phoenix Jazz Band Mike Daly`s Rhythm Kings Havana Swing Joys of Swing Rosie Blue Duo Boodle-Am-Band   and more…… Enquire at the Fernhill Hotel , Heugh Road, […]

  • Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week 2018

    raft race portpatrick

    Lifeboat Week is one of the highlights in Portpatrick. For 2018 it starts on Sunday 29 July. The week long celebrations provide ideal entertainment for holiday makers and villagers alike.

  • Skiffieworlds 2019 Loch Ryan Stranraer

    Stranraer is to host Skiffieworlds-  the third World Championship for the St Ayles Skiff Class (coastal rowing boat). The first event was in Ullapool in 2013, Strangford Lough in 2016 and now Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Project are to host in 2019! Skiffieworlds is the World Championship for this type of boat and over 1000 […]

  • Spring Fling 2018

    Studios of artists, designers, photographers potters and all manner of creative crafts are on display for this magical long weekend at the end of May. Renowned as the most successful contemporary visual art & craft open studio event in Scotland and one of the best in the UK, Spring Fling brings around 30,000 visitors from […]

  • Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019

    The Third Stranraer Oyster Festival will be held in and around Stranraer on 13- 15 September 2019 To celebrate the annual harvesting of Loch Ryan`s unique Scottish Native Oysters, Stranraer Oyster Festival takes place in September. Not too many people know that Loch Ryan is host to one of the largest oyster beds in Scotland. […]

  • The Eden Festival 2018

    The Eden Festival 2018 Eden Festival is a truly energetic, vibrant and independent boutique Scottish festival showcasing fresh music, electrifying performances, varying different arts in the Dumfries & Galloway area. Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows and hosting 11 different stages, including a kids arena, circus tent, drive in cinema, comedy club, cabaret and workshops, […]

  • The Swallow Theatre 2019

    Rouse, Ye Women! Tuesday 19 March 2019 – 7.30pm Townsend Theatre Productions Written by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick A new folk opera about Mary Macarthur and the 1910 women chainmakers’ strike. Tickets : £13.50 (Friends’ Early Bird: £12.50 – when booked at least 28 days in advance) Suitable for age 11+ Just under 2 hours […]

  • Thornhill Music Festival

                                             The Thornhill Music Festival takes place over the first weekend in May, Friday 4th May 2018 to Sunday 6th May 2018   The Thornhill Music Festival was started in 2012 by The Lewis Hamilton Band who had […]

  • Walk Fest Newton Stewart 2019

    merrick galloway hills

    WalkFest Newton Stewart ‘Gateway to the Galloway Hills’ Galloway is a wonderful location for walking and whether you enjoy the challenge of our true hill walking experiences or discovering our beautiful countryside and rugged coastline, there is sure to be something for everyone. Annual Newton Stewart Walking Festival. 10th-16th  May 2019

  • What’s On

    The link gives a list of the main events that are happening in Dumfries & Galloway over the coming months. What’s on in Dumfries & Galloway 

  • Wigtown Book Festival 2019

    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

    Wigtown Book Festival 2019 is the 21st annual festival.  Over 200 events for all ages including literature,  music, film, theatre, arts and crafts. The 10 day Wigtown Book Festival is based in and around Scotlands Book Town and grows in popularity and size every year. Another great reason to holiday in South West Scotland.

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