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Summer 2018 Events 2018-01-29T13:58:42+00:00


Summer 2018 Events in Cowal and Argyll

Benmore Guided Tours and Explorer
March – October 2018

Benmore Gardens run guided tours starting in March and run through to the end of October so why not join a tour and take in the history, plants and seasonal highlights of Benmore.

Walking tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while the Benmore Explorer Tour runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays taking a limited number of people around the gardens on a people carrier which is ideal for those with mobility restrictions.

More information about Benmore Gardens.

Waverley Paddle Steamer Trips
May – October 2018

Waverley, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer stops at Tighnabruaich pier every Wednesday on her way to the fishing village of Tarbert. Climb on board this magnificently restored paddle steamer with its distinctive towering red, black and white funnels, timber decks, gleaming brass and woodwork, then relax in the lounges, take in the stunning scenery on deck and visit the engine room to see the immaculate (and loud!) engine hard at work.

More information about boat trips on the Waverley.


1st – 3rd June 2018

A celebration of beer and food at the Fyne Ales Brewery at Cairndow right in the heart of Argyll. Last year there was over 150 beers and 20 ciders to choose from as well as fantastic accompanying food such as smoked delights from Loch Fyne Oysters, venison burgers from local stalker Winston Churchill and a lot more tasty food from local suppliers.

Find out more about FyneFest.


Tarbert Seafood Festival
7th – 8th July 2018

The annual two day Tarbert Seafood Festival is a fantastic celebration of the sea packed with activities and events for the whole family.

Seafood lovers can watch cookery demonstrations by local chefs who know a thing or two about the locally caught fish and shellfish, and of course taste delicious Scottish seafood at the market stalls.

Other events include the crowning of the Seafood Queen, live music, Scottish Highland dancing, the seafood parade, ready, steady cook off, and children’s rides are available all day.

Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival
Date to be confirmed (usually July)

The Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival attracts huge numbers of visitors as well as around 40 traditional boats from all over the uK. As well as the fascinating boats on display there will be a community BBQ and ceilidh as well as traditional Scottish music.

More information about the Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival.

Inveraray Traditional Highland Games
17th July 2018

Inveraray Highland Games is surely one of the best and most popular Highland Gatherings in Scotland. The Games begin with the march of pipers led through the town by the Duke of Argyll to Winterton Park with the magnificent Inveraray Castle in the background.

The traditional Highland events of athletics, wrestling, highland dancing and piping attracts many top national and international athletes, dancers and musicians with the Caber Toss World Championship the undisputed highlight. The events field will accommodate trade stalls operated by local food producers, and arts and crafts will also be on display. The Armed Forces will hold demonstrations, children can play on the rides and side shows provide even more entertainment.

It’s a great day out for all the family! The Games commence at 10.45am with the pipe band parade from the town centre.

27th – 29th July 2018

Launched in 2015 Butefest is a music festival held at King George’s Park in Rothesay. The lineup covers a diverse range of musical genres which makes it a great family friendly weekend of music, food, drink and entertainment including walkabout entertainers and storytelling.

Keep up to date and visit the Butefest website.


Bute Agricultural Society Annual Summer Show
8th August 2018

The Bute Agricultural Society Annual Summer Show is held annually in August at Rothesay Showground close to Rothesay town centre. The locals call it “The Cattle Show” and is essentially a smaller version of the Royal Highland Show as it features livestock from Bute farms as well as dogs, horses, poultry and pigeons.

Artmap Argyll
24th – 27th August 2018

Art lovers will enjoy Argyll’s Open Studios events as it is an opportunity to visit artists at their own studios and experience the creative atmosphere of working art studios. Examples of work include paintings, ceramics, weaving, woodwork, glassware, stone carving and much more.

More details about Artmap Argyll.

Bute Highland Games
11th August 2018

Bute Highland Games, held at Rothesay Public Park, sees traditional Highland heavy athletic events where athletes compete for the Duke of Rothesay Trophy donated by Prince Charles, 10k road race, pipe bands, schools athletics and shinty. There’s plenty for the kids to do, trade stalls, a variety of snacks and a licensed bar. The 2018 Games are being held one week earlier than usual due to National Pipe Bands commitments.

More details about the Bute Highland Games.

Cowal Highland Gathering
23rd – 25th August 2018

Dunoon once again hosts the biggest Highland Games in the world! Join the thousands who flock to this event from all over the world to see traditional Scottish events such as Highland dancing, solo piping, pipe bands, heavy athletics (caber toss, Scottish hammer throw, shot putting the Cowal Stone) and wrestling. There will also be a classic car parade, ceilidh and the customary close of games fireworks.

Children are also well catered for with the usual rides, stalls and bouncy castles as well as a rodeo bull and snowboard simulator, while the Kid’s Tent sees magic and Punch and Judy shows during Saturday afternoon as well as with balloon modelling and face painting on offer between performances.

Find out more about the Cowal Highland Gathering.

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