In this Year of Natural Scotland, the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance, in partnership with Scottish Canals, will be staging the fourth ‘Crinan Canal Water Festival’ at Dunardy Lock flight on Sunday 28th July from 11.30am to 4.30pm.
This year there will be a free shuttle bus from Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead running every hour.
The bus is being provided by West Coast Motors and will run at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm from the bus stop at Ardrishaig Co-op then along Lochgilphead front green ten minutes later. It will return from the festival every hour on the hour through to 5pm with a short break for the driver in the middle of the day.
There will also be the park-and-ride running from McGinty’s Yard at Achnabreck.
Andrew Wilson, Chair of Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance says: ‘The festival is proving to be a big attraction in the local area and making it easier for local people to get there is a top priority for us.
‘We have a lot more activities planned for this year and with it being the Year of Natural Scotland we are keen to showcase all the wonderful things people can see and do in this stunning part of Argyll.’
This year’s festival will feature the fourth Dalriada Dragon Boat challenge – details for entering are here and there are added craft stalls, a climbing wall and art activities with Artmap Argyll and Kilmartin Museum.
A major feature will be the Clipperton Project’s Floating Lab [see separate article here] which will have activities throughout the day but also have artwork on display that has been produced over the course of our Discover Dalriada week from 20th-28th July.
Andrew Wilson says: ‘Whatever weather our Argyll summer brings, the Crinan Canal Water Festival will be a great day out for all the family. There are lots of activities for children and it’s an ideal opportunity to try sailing or canoeing. You can attempt to stay upright in the WaterWalkerz from MACpool, cheer on the brave warriors in the Dragon Boats or simply enjoy the craft stalls and art activities on offer.
‘When you get peckish 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 so many leisure opportunities for local people and visitors, and this annual event provides a great showcase.’
The Canal Festival is one of many events in the heARTofARGYLL Heritage and Arts festival programme for 2013 which is being developed by Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance, Artmap Argyll and Kilmartin Museum. It was awarded a substantial investment from Creative Scotland and is supported by Argyll & Bute Council.
Visitors to the Canal Festival will be able to find out about what else we have planned including:
- the Artmap Argyll RED DOT TRAIL open studios event later in August
- the Tarbert Harbour Centenary celebrations
- BOWfest in Inveraray in September
- and the Wild Argyll Lantern Festival in Lochgilphead in November.