What’s On

Summer is in full swing in Argyll and so here are just some events that are happening in July. Inveraray and Powdermills Bed and Breakfast provides an ideal base to visit these events.

A fantastic night out is to visit a ceilidh and enjoy a traditional Scottish music and dance. There is a regular Ceilidh in Oban during the summer. There are two ceilidhs every Monday and Thursday evenings. Check Availability and Book – obanview.com/ceilidhs/

The fabulous Isle of Gigha Music Festival is held each year at the end of June. This small festival offers a perfectly-formed line-up of ceilidhs, headline concerts, sessions, workshops and a musical beach picnic – all on the beautiful Isle of Gigha on Scotland’s West Coast.  Check out http://www.gighamf.org.uk

The Tarbert Seafood Festival on the 6th and 7th of July is a fantastic weekend of seafood, parades, music and fun situated around Tarbert’s stunning natural harbour. The harbour is lined with a variety of stalls operated by the local businesses. Head to the fisherman’s market to watch cookery demonstrations using the local seafood. One of the highlights of the event is the crowning of the Seafood Festival Queen and her princesses after she has arrived in Tarbert by sea. This is followed by the festival procession of floats led by the seafood queen and Mid Argyll Pipe Band. Traditionally Sunday is a great family day out with live music and lots to entertain the kids and adults.Check out http://www.tarbertfestivals.co.uk/festival-seafood.php

On Saturday 6th July there is a traditional Highland games in the beautiful village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. It is a fantastic spectacle with Highland dancing, solo piping, wrestling, light field, heavyweights, cycling and running races, there’s plenty of action. It’s also the focus of the annual gathering of the Clan Colquhoun. Check out ttp://www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk/

Cantilena Festival on Islay is a unique and established music festival which has been taking place on the beautiful Scottish Isle of Islay for over 10 years. Each year, a group of world-class musicians travel to Islay to perform an ever evolving repertoire from the world of classical music. From the 7th to the 12th July the Cantilena Festival on Islay aims to develop new and specific sounds and styles of playing, both corporate and individual, in an atmosphere and environment away from the pressures of a professional musician’s life. The professionals involved in Cantilena Festival on Islay are driven by a powerful desire to share their ideas and passionate love of music-making with the emerging generation. Each year the professionals are joined by one or more young musicians who benefit greatly from the opportunity of working alongside more experienced players. Check out http://www.cantilenafestival.co.uk

The Tiree Music Festival was set up by Daniel Gillespie, a Tiree local and musician with the band Skerryvore, in 2010. Since then it has become a sell-out success and a landmark event of the Scottish festival scene. In 2012 and 2013 it was named ‘Best Small Festival’ at the Scottish Events Awards. It starts from 12th to 14th July. Check out http://www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

Experience the Loch Fyne Viking Festival, which takes place in the fishing village of Tarbert. on the 13th to 14th July. See the replica 40 ft. Viking longship – built by volunteers in Tarbert – raid the villages of Loch Fyne in a re-enactment of Magnus Bareroot’s successful bid to claim Kintyre as part of his Kingdom. Expect lots of Viking mayhem along the way! Check out http://www.lochfynevikingfestival.com

The Inveraray Highland Games on Tuesday 16th July in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, is a great day out for all the family. It celebrates the rich Highland culture and heritage with field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and ‘heavy events’ including the world championships for tossing the caber. You’ll also find a good selection of local Scottish food and drink stands, children’s entertainment and many trade and charity stalls. Check out http://www.inveraray-games.co.uk

A more comprehensive list can be found at https://www.wildaboutargyll.co.uk/