Autumn 2014 Events in Cowal and Argyll
Waverley Paddle Steamer Trips
May – October
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.
For more details about the Waverley including timetables, boat trips and special interest cruises, visit the Waverley Excursions website.
Kyles 10 Miles
The Kyles 10 Miles is a scenic fun run through the picturesque Ardlamont peninsula just south of Tighnabruaich. Now in its third year, the event is open to both runners and walkers and has built a reputation as one of the best runs in Scotland due to the spectacular scenery of coastal and mountain views. There are categories to suit all ages and abilities and all are invited to the after-run ceilidh.
Visit the Kyles 10 Miles website for more information.
Blas Festival Home and Away
10th September, Tighnabruaich
Home and Away is a shinty themed music show held in Tighnabruaich as part of the Blas Festival 2014. It’s a coming together of musicians, music and shinty fans to celebrate the game. 2014 marks the Festival’s 10th anniversary so it promises to be better than ever. Tickets are available from the Post Offices at Tighnabruaich and kames or by calling 01700 811 201.
Find out more at the Blas Festival website.
Isle of Bute Festival of Cycling
20th – 21st September
Isle of Bute Festival of Cycling or ‘Rothesay Weekend’ is two days of road bike races (four in all), including the steep and winding Serpentine hill-climb, a round the island time trial, 10 mile time trial, and road race.
This is an informal, laid back event with plenty of socialising in between lots of serious cycling. Visit the Isle of Bute Festival of Cycling website for more details.
Cowal Open Studios
26th – 29th September
The Cowal peninsula is a haven for a variety of professional artists such as painters, sculptors, weavers, potters, jewellers and photographers and for four days they will invite visitors to see firsthand where they create their art whether indoors or outdoors. During a visit to Cowal it’s hard not to be inspired by the stunning countryside, coastal views, hills and mountains and the work of the Cowal artists reflects this natural beauty. So why not come along and see artists at one with nature.
Full details of the artists involved and photos of their work are on the Cowal Open Studios website.
Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival
3rd – 12th October
During October, we celebrate Cowalfest, a walking and arts festival with over 80 walks providing something to suit everyone such as children’s drama workshops, orienteering, horse riding, concerts and exhibitions, taking in all the local visitor attractions and making the most of the stunning scenery. Walkers come from far and wide to this large and varied walking festival, all are welcome and most of the walks are led by knowledgeable and informative walk leaders.
Further details can be found on the Cowalfest website.