When is the Festival?
The Festival will be held on the 6th and 7th May 2017.back to top
Where is the Festival?
The Festival will be held in two neighbouring villages on the shores of Loch Ewe - Poolewe and Aultbea. Poolewe is located in the centre of Wester Ross on a circular road, the A832. It is less than 5 hours drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and only 90 minutes from Inverness. The most direct route from The South is to travel up the A9 to Inverness and follow the signs for Ullapool and the A835. Travel on this road until you reach the village of Garve, as you leave Garve there is a junction, turn left and take the A832 heading West. Follow the signs for Gairloch. Poolewe is another 6 miles north of Gairloch, and Aultbea is a further 6 miles beyond Poolewe.back to top
How do I travel between the events in Poolewe and Aultbea?
A regular shuttle bus service will be provided between the two locations. The bus will stop in Poolewe at Poolewe campsite and outside the restaurant at Inverewe Gardens, and the Aultbea stop will be the car park opposite Aultbea Hall. Stops are conveniently located close to our main attractions, and will be free for anyone with a Field Ticket.back to top
Where can I stay during the Festival?
There are many local accommodation providers, including B&Bs, hotels and campsites. One of the most comprehensive sources of information is on the Visit Wester Ross website. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.back to top
Where can I eat during the Festival?
There will be plenty of food providers available at both locations during the weekend. Inverewe Gardens will be kindly opening their restaurant to event ticket holders, but there will also be food stalls close to Poolewe campsite and Aultbea Hall. We are thrilled to have so many local food providers present, and festival goers can be assured that some of the best local produce will be on offer. We would like to express our gratitude to the following catering providers:
- Out of the Blue Catering
- Isle of Ewe Smokehouse
- Good for Ewe
- Inverewe Garden
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Wester Ross Salmon
- Poolewe Village Hall
Do I have to dress up?
Dressing up is not compulsory, but we encourage everybody to get into the spirit of the forties during the festival. There will be many re-enactors and forties enthusiasts at both locations, so we expect a high volume of people in forties attire throughout the weekend. Amateur enthusiasts are encouraged to join in the fun, and remember, if you want to dress up but want some help with hair and make-up, we will have two professional stylists on site who will be able to complete your look - just remember to book early to avoid disappointment. Prizes will be available for best-dressed amateurs so it's well worth making the extra effort. There will be plenty of photo opportunities to remember the occasion - you can even have your photo taken with Winston Churchill! - and there will be dances where you can show off your look along with your lindy-hopping skills.back to top
What is the Russian Arctic Convoy Project?
Between 1942 and 1945 Loch Ewe was an assembly point for the ships that departed for Russia on the perilous Arctic Convoys. There was an overwhelming military presence in this remote Highland region during the war, which outnumbered the local residents three to one. The wartime operations certainly left their mark on the landscape, as bunkers and gun emplacements are scattered around the Loch.
Until their numbers began to dwindle, many of the Arctic Convoy veterans held reunions at Loch Ewe, and it was they who suggested some sort of permanent memorial or museum that would serve as a fitting reminder of what they went through and of the importance of the region during the war. The Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project (now Russian Arctic Convoy Project) was formed following the awarding of the Arctic Star to these veterans in 2013 by the British Government. Gradually our project became about more than just building a museum (hence the name change). We intend to restore some of the wartime buildings around the Loch, and to create a muti-site museum that will allow visitors to fully grasp the scale of the operations at Loch Ewe. We intend to link these different locations with a "Wartime Trail", that will include interpretation panels, exhibitions, recreated wartime displays with mannequins in period dress, and ultimately a permanent building to house our collection and facilitate research in Aultbea.
Filming and Photography
You are encouraged to take lots of photos and videos during the festival, it is a special occasion after all. If you share any photos or videos online could you please tag them with the event hashtag #LochEwe75. This will help us to find all your fabulous pics after the event.
Please be aware that during the festival Tern TV will be filming for a BBC documentary series about Scotland's lochs. Should you wish to not be filmed please alert a member of the production team or call 0141 241 6073. Thank you.back to top