Festival Fringe


*Please note there will be no festival fringe in 2017.  Fundraising Ceilidh in the main hall at 8pm!

2016 Achiltibuie Highlanders

(Midday to open the festival)

The festival is opened in style every year with The Achiltibuie Highlanders who are an eclectic mix of pipers and drummers who come from all over Scotland to Coigach to play at our local Games every July. No two line ups are ever the same, but they have had representation from top bands such as Boghall & Bathgate, ScottishPower, Cullybacky, Denny & Dunnipace, Oban and Lomond & Clyde. These pipers and drummers join in with local players to form the Achiltibuie Highlanders whose aim it is to entertain and to have good fun doing it!


2016 Film Launch

(12.30pm, The Marquee)

‘Celebration of the sea’: a look at recent changes in the seas of the Summer Isles and the produce and harvest they provide: a short film about the recent developments of our waters followed by a demonstration of the sustainable world class seafood that is landed at Coigach.

By local film maker Sara Nason.


2016 Steve Kliskey’s Amazing Circus Show

(1pm behind the Marquee)

“…manic, versatile, amazing…” The Stage

Daft comedy and magic with fire, unicycling and juggling.

Kim2016 Informal Music Session

Hall Lounge (12.30-4.30pm)

There will be the ever popular informal music session in the hall lounge during the day, so make sure you bring your instrument along! This year’s session will be hosted by talented local accordionist and piper, Kim MacLennan. (One of last year’s Youth Fund Awardees.)

→ Youth Fund


cooking2016 Cookery Demonstrations

(The Marquee, 1-4pm)

The West Coast of Scotland is renowned for its seafood because of the clean, clear, cold waters of the North Atlantic. The catch here is mostly destined for the tables of France and Spain, but we always save the best for the festival. Every year there are cookery demonstrations and stalls using and selling local produce.



Salt is a small seafood kitchen opening in Achiltibuie for the summer of 2016. They’re looking forward to giving everyone the opportunity to try the variety of wonderful fresh local seafood landed daily by our fisherman. Suzie, Salt’s owner, will be showing what you can do at home with prawns and look out for some tasty samples on the day!



yung-yung-kanYungyung Kan

Yungyung is our favourite festival chef. This year Yungyung will be demonstrating how to cook Chinese Lobster noodles.





2016 Food and Drink to buy at the Festival

The Summer Isles Festival Ale will be back in 2016! This will be made especially for the festival by An Teallach Ale Company in Little Loch Broom by Garve.


The An Teallach Ale Company was formed in 2001 by Wilma and David Orr.  When the talk in crofting world was diversification, Wilma and David moved on from sheep, coos, and tatties, and built a brewery. They now brew nine different ales and one lager  “Scotia”, and their products are for sale the length and breadth of Scotland.

Tea and coffee will be served in the hall lounge from midday until 4.30pm.


Food Stalls in the Marquee (midday – 4.30pm)

Seafood PaellaYou won’t go hungry at the festival as The Achiltibuie Garden will have a stall again this year selling a range of salads, tarts, pork pies, breads, preserves and oatcakes and shortbread. Steve Husband will be selling his famous Seafood Paella, Kevin Peach’s mouth watering Makerel stall will be there again this year and new local business Salt will be showcasing more tasty seafood treats. 

The Munch box catering trailer will be here from 5pm through to midnight and will serve a variety of different burgers, hotdogs, paninis, crepes and specials including bbq pulled pork and breakfast rolls.  Achiltibuie Piping School cafe next to the hall will be open and serving food all day for the festival and is also going to be serving bacon rolls at 9pm from the hall.

Sunday Kayaking



Round off your festival weekend in style & enjoy a special festival adventure with NorWest Sea Kayaking. Join us on a Sea Kayaking trip to beautiful ‘Eilean Ristol’, the closest of the‘Summer Isles’ or a Canoeing trip on lovely Loch Lurgainn below the spectacular Stac Pollaidh.

paddling through arch


Sea Kayaking

Come & explore the amazing sandstone archipelago of ‘The Summer Isles’ on a relaxed paddle exploring Isle Ristol the closest of the isles. We will discover beautiful sandstone caves and if we are lucky we might spot some of the resident seals, otters & porpoises.We will tell some tales of the high seas, of hidden treasures and viking invasions. We may even learn a wee gaelic song to keep you paddling in time! We will then stop on a beach on Isle Ristol and make a fire in our kelly kettle, so we can enjoy some freshly brewed hot drinks, hot chocolate or a gaelic coffee (if anyone hasn’t had enough whiskey by then) & some home baking, before paddling back.


Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Loch Lurgainn below the stunning mountain of Stac Pollaidh. We will paddle below the isolated sandstone peaks of Ben Mor Coigach, Cul Beag & Stac Pollaidh. The views all around you are breathtaking as we will paddle past secret islands, keeping our eyes peeled for golden eagles, before arriving at the auburn sandy beach at the head of the loch. Here we will make a fire in our kelly kettle, so we can enjoy some freshly brewed hot drinks, hot chocolate or a gaelic coffee (if anyone hasn’t had enough whiskey by then) & some home baking, before paddling back. Why not take your instruments in one of our giant dry bags and have a session on the auburn sands of Loch Lurgainn.


Sea Kayaking

Session 1= 10am-1pm

Session 2= 2-5pm


Session 1= 10am-1pm

Session 2= 2-5pm


Special Discounted Festival Price of £35 per person

  • Max of 8 on each session
  • All sessions are very relaxed & are suitable for all ages & abilities.
  • We aim to keep you dry on all of the session.
  • We provide you with sea kayaking hooded & waterproof touring jackets, neoskintrousers, & paddling shoes.
  • You just need to bring warm layers for your top half that are non-cotton. (we can provide you with these if you don’t have anything suitable)! !

Get in touch with Jules of NorWest Sea Kayaking to book your space or to find out more information.

07900 641 860 / info@norwestseakayaking.com / www.norwestseakayaking.com

Downloadable Festival brochure coming soon!