Planning your trip

Plan ahead

Respectfully, we ask you not to send individual messages or enquiries about travel, sleeping and eating arrangements and as we are unable to answer them. We’re not rude, just busy volunteers who concentrate our time on providing great music! However, on this page you’ll find helpful advice. Most importantly, PLEASE PLAN AHEAD and book in advance – it’s a VERY popular area which fills up quickly AND the Queen has booked some kinda national holiday thing on the same weekend… maybe she’s a fan of banjos too…?


For planning ahead, lots of good information is available on:

When you get to Arisaig, the Land, Sea & Islands Centre is a great drop-in resource for local information and advice for visitors:


There’s a number of self-catering options, a hotel and B&Bs in and around Arisaig, plus further staying options in Lochailort, Morar and Mallaig listed on:


We’re a village based festival, so there’s no dedicated festival camping area. Pitching up in the village is a definite no-no, so please respect Arisaig residents wishes! However, there are MANY GREAT CAMPSITES and POD SITES near Arisaig, most located by scenic stretches of sand, looking out to the isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Skye, so it’s definitely worth the few extra miles! There’s travel options too if you don’t want to drive. If you’re campervanning, caravanning or pitching a tent, we encourage you to BOOK AT A CAMPSITE, which are all located between 1 and 3 miles from Arisaig village on the coastal road. Search online for these nearby locations – Kinloid (half mile) the Back of Keppoch (1-2 miles) and Camusdarach (approx 3 miles).


Arisaig offers something for every appetite and pocket – Arisaig Hotel & The Crofter’s, The Old Library, Arisaig Marine Café, Sound Bites Café, Arisaig Shellfish Shack and Arisaig Bread Shed takeaway pizzas. There are also great eating options further afield in Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Morar and Mallaig, from hotel dining and pub grub to café and take-away.

Local transport

There is a local bus service running between Mallaig and Fort William (via Arisaig) during the daytime.
Lawrie’s 8-seater taxi service will be operating over the festival weekend. Booking advised, call him direct on 07876 807 693.


If you still have time (and energy!) after the festival, why not explore the surrounding area? We are an ideal base / stopover to explore Lochaber, Ardnamurchan, Knoydart, the Small Isles and Skye. This is a beautiful part of the world and worth booking the time off if you can – happy planning!


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