Nithraid this year will take place on Saturday 11th August, 2018. 

Nithraid is a community-led River Festival beside and on Dumfries’ River Nith. This years event starts off with two races, one for sailing boats, and one for coastal rowing boats – each racing up river on the highest tide of the year, and finishing over the line below the caul in the centre of Dumfries. The Salty Coo parades through the town centre as part of our procession and awaits the arrival of the boats from the centre of the river Nith.

On the Mill Green we have a jam-packed day of family fun with the Nithraid village, including:

Live Music
Food stalls
Creative Workshops and family friendly activities, including stone carving, collage and zine making, ‘Viking Flighting’, upcycling, wind sock making, badge making and mosaics
A specially commissioned sound artwork by Rosefield Mills and the Dock Park created by Double Down Disco at 4pm!

For the second year, we will be hosting the Nithraid Nighttime from 7pm on the Mill Green, including:

Music and evening entertainment led by Soundsystems
Chinese Lanterns on the Nith
Story telling and campfires with the Mostly Ghostly team
Film with Reel to Real

Interested in taking part in this years sailing or coastal rowing races? Download the race form and details on this page.

This will be the sixth year that the Nithraid has been held. See some of our previous years here…



Useful Information


River Races: Carsethorn to Dumfries Whitesands
Nithraid Village: Mill Green, Dumfries

Nithraid is a celebration of the relationship between Dumfries and its river. It is created and produced by The Stove Network and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Creative Scotland, The Holywood Trust, Barfil Trust and local businesses.
Interested in taking part in this years sailing or coastal rowing races? Download the race form and further details here:

Course Notes and Rules
Sailing Race Entry Form
Coastal Rowers Race Entry Form
Carsethorn Launch Map