Annual Events and Festivals in Dumfries and Galloway
These are some of the popular annual events and festivities in Dumfries and Galloway which you may be able to enjoy whilst staying at Orroland Holiday Cottages.
Galloway Forrest Park. Not a one off event but as Scotland’s first 'Dark Sky Park' and the UK’s largest Forest Park, it’s worth a mention here. The website has a host of information about their brand new ‘state of the art’ visitor centres and café’s now open at Kirroughtree and Clatterigshaws (both approx 40mins from Orroland) and Glentrool (approx 55 mins from Orroland). Each centre has a programme of year round activities such as nature walks and star gazing activites as well as events at the red deer range and wildlife walks open to visitors. It is such a good experience to visit and take in the great outdoors.
Newton Stuart Walking Festival - Takes place early May and is established as the largest walking festival in the South of Scotland with 28 walks and events. 7 Days of incredible views and good company, for more details take a look at the website.
Spring Fling - Scotland's premier art and craft open studio event in May attracting visitors from around the world. There are open studios near Orroland at Dundrennan, Auchencairn and many in and around Kirkcudbright. Studios are open throughout the region and offer a great insight into the workshops of talented artists and makers. Full week programme can be found on the Spring Fling website.
Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities - A programme of events and entertainment in Kirkcudbright throughout the summer and beyond, including a two day country fair in July. Scottish nights are Thursday evening's throughout the summer with a spectacular floodlit tattoo on the last Saturday of the final week. There are also regular historic tours and walks around the town, Farmer's markets and a choice of art and craft exhibitions all listed on the website.
Agricultural Shows - There are several agricultural shows in Dumfries and Galloway, as a rural region these play a huge part in the history of the farming community. Many local farmer’s show their livestock and it's a great opportunity to see the local farm animals & different breeds close up - looking washed and groomed in preparation. There are children's activities, craft tents, food tents and a programme of entertainment which makes them a fun family day out. The nearest to Orroland and larger shows include; Dumfries Show (first Saturday in August), Wigtown Show (first Wednesday in August) and the Stewartry agricultural show (first Thursday in August). The stewartry show takes place at the rugby ground just outside Castle Douglas. Please see links to the respective websites for more details and admission charges.
Galloway Country Fair - An annual two day event mid August including crafts, entertainment, children's activities and food & drink at Drumlanrig Castle. It's just under an hour's drive from Orroland but a spectacular place to visit and there are lots of sights and experiences you can take in to spend the whole day there even if you didn’t visit during the country fair - Drumlanrig Castle.
Kirkcudbright Art and Craft Trail A four day open studio event at the beginning of August where visitors can take a look into the workshops and homes of local artists and crafts people. There is usually a programme of activities which can be downloaded from the website. It is a family friendly event and teas and cakes are usually on offer at many of the venues.
Portpatrick Folk Festival - Usually the first weekend in September, this three day festival is a relaxed and welcoming music event. Visitors love the festival for many different reasons, some for the social and fitness programme a.k.a. the village ceilidh on Friday night where people of all ages get an excuse to let their hair down and thoroughly enjoy themselves. Others come for the more organised entertainment at the concert on the Saturday. For many more, it's the informality of the sessions in the pubs that is the draw to this great weekend.
Wigtown Book Festival - An increasingly popular 10 day literary event that has grown and grown over the past 17 years, running from Fri 22 September - Sun 1 October 2017. Wigtown is Scotland's national book town and this unique event has something for everyone with a packed programme of events and activities around the town. A great day out from Orroland (approx. 1hr 15mins drive away from Orroland) along an amazingly scenic route overlooking the coast to Wigtown. Lots of great cafe's, shops and the chance to buy and read lots of great books (even the chance to meet some of the authors).
Wild Seasons events - Check out the website for a list of activities throughout the seasons covering Dumfries and Galloway. Focused on engaging visitors and locals with wildlife, there is something for all ages and even contacts for local guides who are passionate about encouraging more people to discover this fascinating region and what it has to offer. You just need to visit the website, take a look at the 'wild guides' section and choose which guide you'd like to contact - then get intouch and make your own arrangements. We have had Mark Williams from Galloway Wild Foods visit Orroland for a great day foraging for free food - read all about this and more in our 'Why Orroland' page.
For details about other events and festivities in the region, 'Dumfries and Galloway! Whats Going on?' has a regularly updateed calendar showing daily events including gallery exhibitions and fundraising events. D&G Online is another useful source.
Don't for get there are many fantastic visitor attractions in our region and lots more information about things to do in our 'Explore our Region' page.