Ballantrae Smugglers Festival 2016

Tue 16 Aug 2016 to Mon 22 Aug 2016


Those rogues in Ballantrae are at the smuggling again!

As the Smugglers of Ballantrae await information about the next delivery of contraband, our sources tell us that the wait is almost over - it is likely to be delivered by a sailing ship during Ballantrae Smugglers’ week (16-22 August).

Intelligence sources have informed us that Roy Kerr, Master of La Malouine, a twin masted French Brigantine tall ship, registered in the Port of Dumfries, has been overheard locally trying to recruit a crew to transport a mysterious cargo – some say brandy, fine wines, tobacco, tea and salt – from the Isle of Man up the west coast to Ballantrae.

The tall ship is expected to sail from Dumfries to Stranraer on Sunday 16th or Monday 17th August before continuing on to Ballantrae.  Locals are hoping that its’ arrival will coincide with their Festival particularly as their stocks of strong drink are running low.

So if you happen to be anywhere near the coast from Dumfries to Girvan during week commencing 16 August keep your eyes peeled for La Malouine.  But if you see her - whatever you do - don’t tell the Exciseman!

Ballantrae's Smugglers' Festival is now in its third year and is organised by a group of local volunteers.  The village's smuggling history of landing salt, tobacco, tea, brandy and wine is well documented and each year the locals bring different aspects of the story to life with smuggling-related activities and re-enactments that keep the story alive for children and adults.  Short story competitions, Smuggler Scarecrows, children's activities and an imaginative programme of events on land and on the water will all play their part in this year's festival

This year’s Smugglers’ Week will kick off on Sunday 16 August with a Smugglers’ Market at Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre, from 11am to 3pm.  Building on the success of the Ballantrae Food Festival in May, the market will focus on great local food and drink with tastings and lots of characters in costume.  

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