Excitement Builds for Balmaha's Braw Weekend
The excitement is building for this year’s Balmaha’s Braw Weekend.
Last year the event attracted over 5,000 visitors and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better.
Event Schedule: Friday 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016
The weekend starts on Friday 30 September with a 5-course meal, designed by some of Scotland’s leading chefs. Tickets to the dinner and ceilidhare are now sold out.
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October (11am-5pm) features family entertainment, with live music, theatre, food and drink demonstrations, plus rides and attractions. Daytime entry is free, with plenty of free parking.
Highlights during the day include:
- Food and drink demonstrations, plua a free whisky & chocolate pairing session by Glengoyne Distillery
- Glengoyne will be running a buzz wire competition to win prizes
- Fun activities organised by RSPB Scotland and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park (free)
- VisitScotland Highland Coo Van (free and ideal for selfies!)
- Free magic shows, a Lego bus, funfair rides for children
- Craft stalls, along with plenty of food and drink.
How to Get There/Transport
This year visitors to Balmaha’s Braw Weekend can travel by train and boat during the day from Glasgow to the festival.
A special waterbus service is being provided by Sweeney’s Cruises, timed to link with trains arriving and departing Balloch Train Station.
West Highland Travel are providing taxi services throughout the weekend, advance bookings are recommended, call them on 07974 357813.
Parking is free, using initially the Council Car Park, just across the road from the festival site. Once this car park is full there will be parking available on the festival site, once that is full there is parking available at nearby Manse Bay which is a 10 minute walk away. There will be a shuttle bus in operation linking the festival site and Manse Bay. The road marshals will be able to direct you as you approach Balmaha.
Food and Drink
As well as several stalls and great local food and drink producers to visit, The Oak Tree Inn will be serving hot and cold food throughout the weekend, there is also a full licensed bar in the main marquee.
A very popular part of Balmaha’s Braw Weekend is the Saturday night live music, this year featuring performances from Dave Arcari, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Mark McGowan and Miracle Glass Company from 7pm. Tickets available on the door for £5.
Balmaha’s Braw Weekend is organised by multi award winning Loch Lomond business The Oak Tree Inn and is supported by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland Event Directorate.
Stuart Fraser from The Oak Tree Inn said: ‘We’ve got a tough act to follow after the success of the first ever Balmaha’s Braw Weekend last year, however this year we have arranged even more entertainment and attractions, plus much of the festival will be undercover so you can enjoy the Braw weekend rain or shine."
The event is organised by The Oak Tree Inn – www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk