This year, we’ll be bringing you a slightly different event with the main focus being on the Nithraid River Race, pending Covid restrictions set by the Scottish Government.
The 2021 race is planned to begin at Glencaple Slipway where teams of coastal rowers and sailing boats enter the river and will battle it out to gain the fastest time to from Glencaple to Mill Green in Dumfries and back.
Applications to join the race are NOW OPEN and we encourage all prospective teams to apply early to ensure participation. Whether you’re an experienced team of rowers with the will to win, a sailing team with a need for speed or first-time river runners, you’re all welcome!
This year due to COVID 19 we will be focusing on the race rather than the festival village. We will be live streaming the race from start to finish, so that spectators can view safely from their own devices, whether at home or in town. We will closely follow the current guidance locally and update on any additional activity.
11am – 2pm Mill Green Dumfries
Watch our teams of coastal rowers and small sailing boats race the river, battling it out for the best time. Up at the Mill Green we’ll be hosting a family-friendly picnic from 11am – 2pm where you’ll be able to enjoy a socially distanced outdoor space from which to watch the half-way point of the race.
Pick up a Nithraid Picnic Box from The Stove Cafe from £6 per box.
10.30am – Race launch for Glencaple Slipway*
11.30am – 12.30pm (approx.) Boats arrive at Mill Green
Can’t make it to town? Watch the action online at: https://youtu.be/UMmzB9o-ook
*We politely ask spectators not to gather at Glencaple due to limited space
Source to Sea Story
Join the River Rambler and The Spirit of The Nith for an interactive storytelling experience
11am – MMS Session**
12.30pm – BSL Interpreted Session**
1pm – Drop-in session
**These sessions need to be booked in advance, please visit thestove.org/events for more details
Dumfries Fountain Presents
‘Watery Words’ Creative Writing Picnic
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Mill Green
For Enjoyment: Fountain Sketch Walk
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Starting from the Mill Green, including a short walk to The Fountain on the High Street
Other Events to Check Out
Palnackie Pursit, 22 August 2021
Slightly crazy race upriver from Kippford to the old harbour at Palnackie and back…
Through its tributaries, the River Nith is something that joins us all in Nithsdale, Nithraid Festival celebrates and explores our towns long relationship with its river and its importance to people & the communities it connects in the past, present and future. Glencaple, Kingholm Quay and Dumfries were historically Scotland’s largest trading ports in the 18th century, so to represent this we hold an annual River Race where each boat carries a cargo that was traded in those times.