Nestled deep within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere lies one of the UK’s best-kept festival secrets, the Knockengorroch festival.
What started as a traditional folk festival in 1998 has now morphed into an auditory buffet of world music, folk, fusion, dub reggae, electronica, hip-hop and even drum n bass thrown in for good measure.
Knockengorroch Festival spans 4-days and nights in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. The venue is located in an official dark skies area, which means it’s one of the planets best places to stargaze.
📃 Knockengorroch Festival Lineup
🎫 Knockengorroch Festival Tickets
Adult tickets: Attendees that are 16+ can purchase either a 3-day or 4-day weekend pass. Camping is included in the price of the tickets.
Youth tickets: For anyone aged 11-15, a discounted youth pass can be bought as long as an adult accompanies them. Unaccompanied minors will be denied access to the festival site.
Children under the age of 11 receive free festival tickets, but they must still be added to your ticket order so that the venue capacity is not exceeded.
Vehicle passes: Anyone driving a car to Knockengorroch world ceilidh must purchase the correct vehicle pass. If the vehicle is over 3 tonnes, you must provide advance notice to the organisers. No vehicle over 7.5 tonnes are permitted.
🗺️ The Knockengorroch Festival Venue
With a meandering river set in a luscious valley of rolling green Galloway hills lies the natural amphitheatre once populated in ancient times; the Knockengorroch venue is unique.
There are eight-stage areas, each with its unique flavour to experience, providing everything from children’s entertainment to cabaret, spoken word and dance.
The Bo-Airigh Stage, The Sheiling World Stage, The Taigh Tent, Maddie’s, The Tallyn Marquee, Langwhan (The Celtic Longhouse), The Fraoch Cabaret Stage and The Acoustic Village will all delight the 3000 Celtic diaspora.
🏕️ Accommodation & Travel Information
Camping is included in the price of your Knockengorroch ticket, and you have access to the campsite for as many days as your ticket is valid.
If glamping is more your style, Red Kite Yurts are available on-site. You can enquire directly with them using the button below.
If camping isn’t for you, then there are some limited options available in the town of Carspharin, which is a 15-minute drive from Knockengorroch farm. See the interactive map below.
Travel by coach
Knockengorroch offers two coach route (return journey) options: outbound on Thursday and Friday and inbound on Monday.
Outbound: Edinburgh/Glasgow/Knockengorroch – Inbound: Knockengorroch/Glasgow/Edinburgh
Outbound: Carlisle/Dumfries/Knockengorroch – Inbound: Knockengorroch/Dumfries/Carlisle
Travel by train
Return tickets to New Cumnock, Glasgow Central or Ayr (via Glasgow Central) from London are available through the Trainline app. From there you will need to arrange your transport to the venue accordingly.
Travel by air
The best and most frequent airport connection to the rest of the UK is Glasgow airport.
Where is Knockengorroch Festival?
Knockengorroch festivals venue is on Knockengorroch Farm, near Carsphairn, in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.