This 6 day festival from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd August is for the whole family will celebrate's Ballantrae's role in the history of smuggling in South West Scotland.
This year's festival will be bigger and better. It will involve "Smuggler Scarecrows" and a "Smugglers' Trail"; a creative writing competition about smuggling for children and adults; re-enactments of Ballantrae's Smuggling History; a Village Fayre; music, poetry, smuggling stories; fine wine and great Ayrshire food!
It will also include an event entitled "Ancestral Footprints". In the run up to the Festival we will identify the descendants of local smugglers and Excisemen and help bring their ancestors stories to life using information from the archives. The descendants will be invited to attend the Festival to hear their ancestor's story being told and they will receive a personal souvenir of their involvement in the event.
A short video clip of last year's event (our first) can be seen on YouTube below: