Nithraid this year will take place on Saturday 22nd August, 2020.

Nithraid is a community-led River Festival beside and on Dumfries’ River Nith. The day starts off with a sailing race – 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.

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

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