In the Year of Creative Scotland, no one can say that the programme devised by the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance in partnership with Scottish Canals for the 2012 and third Crinan Canal Water Festival is not creative.
Dunardy Lock flight on the canal will see, next Sunday – 29th July – from 11.30am to 4.30pm a manic marriage of the Dalriada Dragon Boat Challenge, the Water Walkerz and the Walking Theatre Company’s take on life in mythical Scotland.
This one’s an even Braver Scots than Disney’s: ‘Braw – An Awf’y Big Adventure’. Meet the Dotti.
Wrapped up with it on the menu are all sorts of other delights on, off and in the water:
- the first ever Dunardry Duck Race
- a special Dragonfly Hunt run by Scottish Natural Heritage
- Argyll Activities’ Pico Dinghies and Canoe Tasters
- Big Rory & Ochie
- Funky Chicken
- Environmental Crafts & Face Painting
- Artmap Argyll’s ‘Try your Hand’ Displays
- Food from Argyll.
Take a deep breath. There’s more.
The Scottish Beaver Trial, Kilmartin House Museum, Blarbuie Woodland and the Kite Club of Scotland will have activities for everyone to take part in.
Lochgilphead High School will be displaying a 20 foot long, double ended Loch Fyne rowing skiff they have been working on.
This skiff is part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association initiative to get communities involved in rowing – an activity promoted by Elaine Morrison who represented the Scottish Greens in the Argyll and Bute constituency in the 2010 General election. The skiff is owned by the Mid Argyll Rowing Club, based in the school – and was bought for rowing from a charity in Glasgow (they have two smaller ones that are more for restoration rather than rowing).
It’s a 22′ St Ayles Skiff and will be on display with info etc at the festival. The club are registering the skiff with SCRA.
Andrew Wilson, Chair of the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance and owner of The Square Peg in Lochgilphead, says: ‘Whatever weather our Argyll summer brings next Sunday, the Crinan Canal Water Festival will be a great day out for all the family.
‘There are lots of activities for children, young people, adults and familes – and it’s an ideal opportunity to try sailing or canoeing.
‘You can attempt to stay upright in the WaterWalkerz, cheer on the brave warriors in the Dragon Boats or simply enjoy the debut performance by the Walking Theatre Company of their Disney Brave-inspired play.
‘When the excitement gets too much for you, there’ll be plenty of tasty treats from Food from Argyll to boost your energy again.’
Alec Howie, Harbour Master for Scottish Canals, says: ‘We’re delighted to be working with the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance again on the Crinan Canal Water Festival. The canal offers many leisure opportunities for both local people and visitors and this annual event provides a great showcase for them’.
David Taylor, Portfolio Manager Special Projects at Creative Scotland, says: ‘We are delighted to support a two-year initiative that kicks off in Year of Creative Scotland. We are helping artists and arts organisations to work together with heritage and tourism colleagues. This will better promote Argyll, and the exciting arts experiences the area offers to visitors and residents alike.’
The Canal Festival is the first event in the heARTofARGYLL Heritage and Arts festival programme which is an initiative from a partnership between Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance, Artmap Argyll & Kilmartin House Museum.
This was recently awarded £77,500 by Creative Scotland. Visitors to the Canal Festival will be able to find out about what else is planned, including the ‘Discover Dalriada Art in the Landscape’ workshops and the Artmap Argyll RED DOT TRAIL open studios event in August.
Getting to the site on the canal where the festivities are focused will be easy.
On the day, Sunday 29th July, a free shuttle bus will be running a regular service between 11.00am and 4.30pm from the festival car park at McGintys Yard at Achnabreck, taking visitors to the Crinan Canal Water Festival site between Cairnbaan and Bellanoch.