On Saturday 6th May at 10:00 a.m. the festival will be open with access to the re-enactment groups at both Aultbea and Poolewe. The Vintage Beauty Parlour and Poolewe Market will be open at the Poolewe Village Hall with films and talks available throughout the day in the Mary Buchanan Room. Inverewe Garden and House will also open at this time for tours and boat trips from the jetty in the garden. There will also be an Arctic Convoy art exhibition on display in the Sawyer Gallery featuring beautiful paintings by marine and aviation artist Jim Rae. Entry to Poolewe Hall, the market, talks and films are free of charge.
Poolewe will be the base for the allies. Look out for the T34 tank which will be in action on the shoreline at Poolewe once in the morning and twice in the afternoon. This will be followed by “Winston Churchill” giving speeches, after which he will be available for photographs with visitors. Mingle with the re-enactors and meet the Soviet “Red Army” soldiers, American troops and French Resistance.
Visit Aultbea for the “Battle of Britain” camp across from Village Hall. There will be British, American and German pilots. A full size replica Spitfire, RAF operations room (inside the village hall), a Field Hospital with nurses and the opportunity to see a Merlin engine working once in the morning and twice in the afternoon. A Spitfire from the Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford will display over Loch Ewe each afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition at Aultbea will be open from 09:30 – 16:30. Entry is free of charge.
Field events will close at 5:00 p.m. (final admission at 4:00 p.m.) Poolewe Market will close at 2:30 pm. The films and talks in the Mary Buchanan Room will close at 4:00 p.m.
Entertainment provided by the “Highland Swing Band” and “D-Day Darlings” will be from 18:30-22:00 in the Aultbea Village Hall.
On Sunday, 7th May the Festival will re-open at 10:00 a.m. Field events will close at 16:30 p.m. There will be a Remembrance Service at the Aultbea Re-enactment site currently tabled to take place around 2:30 p.m. Scheduling for RAF Operations, T34 tank, Merlin engine and Winston Churchill will be as per the previous day. This may be subject to slight change if necessary to avoid clashing with the Spitfire display over the Loch. Poolewe main hall will be open throughout the day for films and talks and from 16:00 p.m. there will be an opportunity to meet the WWII veterans there (both British and Russian). Please note that the Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition in Aultbea will be open from 12:15 until 16:30 p.m. on Sunday 7th May. The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be in the Aultbea marquee on Sunday.
Movie Night at Aultbea Hall will commence at 18:00 p.m. and we will be showing the Rogers and Hammerstein classic musical “South Pacific” (2 hours 31 minutes length).
*Times may be subject to change where some events may be effected by weather, tides etc. *Festival ticket holders have free use of the shuttle bus running between the two villages. Please note the bus will not run for the duration of the Remembrance Services at Cove and Aultbea.
Things to See
It just so happens that the Loch Ewe WWII Festival is taking place in one of the most scenic regions of Scotland along the famous North Coast 500. There is a great deal to see and do along the route that you could add to your itinerary. In Wester Ross there is the stunning Corrieshalloch Gorge, Attadale Gardens, the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, plenty of beautiful beaches, and lots of opportunities for wildlife watching and enjoying the great outdoors.back to top
We recommend you take a look at Visit Wester Ross for a selection of Hotels, Guest Houses, B&Bs and Campsites.back to top
Where to Eat
There will be food available on location during the Festival supplied by local providers. However, there are also food and drink recommendations here.back to top
How to Get Here
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