The River Race is Back
August 13 All day
Nithraid River Race is back for another year.
On Saturday 13 August 2022, teams of intrepid sailors and coastal rowers are invited to take to the Nith in their vessels to race from Glencaple to Dumfries and back, battling it out for the best time.
The Race starts at 12noon from Glencaple, and boats are expected to reach Mill Green in Dumfries by 1.30pm – 2pm.
Applications to enter this years Nithraid River Race are now open. Whether you’re a team of coastal rowers, a sailing crew or a single skiff, this is your opportunity to join the Nithraid family.
If you like a challenge, fancy a day of fun on the Nith and want to get involved, enter the race!
In addition to the annual River Race, the Stove Network are leading a series of family-friendly activities throughout the day, all free of charge and accessible along the banks of the river:
Mill Green info Point:
Want to find out more about this year’s race and the activities taking place up and down the River Nith? Visit our info point on the Mill Green where we will have stewards on hand to help.
Also taking place on the Mill Green will be a drop-in creative workshop for all ages. Stop by to get your bearings and find out about the day’s activities.
Eco Art Banners: Land – Signals to the World
As the boats arrive from Glencaple, each of our Nithraid competitors will carry one of the flags created by young people during Eco Art’s recent flag making workshops which will then be raised over the Suspension Bridge! Swing by the bridge to see all of the flags on display and witness them being raised at High Tide.
There will also be an activity station where you can design your own flag – what environmental message would you like to signal to the world? Find some of our Nithraid team by the Suspension Bridge.
More about the LAND project and Eco Art: https://ecoartcharity.org/Projects-LAND
Our walking trail around Dock Park returns for this year’s Nithraid – pick up a card from our info point and see if you can find all six locations hidden around the park, taking a global route that explores the various migratory routes travelled by both humans and animals, past and present that hold a connection to Dumfries. What unexpected connections will you discover?
The Migratory Routes trail is suitable for all ages, but young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Find the Coo
It’s a hidden coo hunt, Nithraid style! To mark the return of The Salty Coo for this years race, join us in a wild coo hunt along the river’s edge. Start from our info point on the Mill Green and collect your clues card, then you will need to find all 12 Golden Coo’s hidden from the Devorguilla Bridge to Kingholm Quay (shorter route available for younger participants).
Collect a stamp for each coo discovered and if you can find all 12 return to the Mill Green to collect a commemorative Nithraid 2022 badge! Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Simon Lidwell’s: Viking Cluaran
With a boat, a river becomes a road.
Join Simon Lidwell at Mill Green and explore the heritage of the clinker boat building tradition with Cluaran.
Imagine the many ways in which the river Nith has shaped the lives of those living on her banks – and continues to, from source to sea and beyond.
Source to Sea
Whilst you are out and about along the River, keep an eye out for our Source to Sea QR codes, with a special link to a poem performed by Hugh Bryden telling the story of the River Nith, from Source to Sea!
And Wait… There’s More:
The Coach and Horses
Pop-Up Street Food
From 12pm – 3pm
Enjoy some pop-up street food out in the sun served from the Coach and Horses kitchen, by Heather Owens!
The waves Blues Band
Relax in one of the best Live music pubs in town and enjoy the five-piece Wave Blues Band, who come from South West Scotland, and are heavily influenced by blues artists such as Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolfe Blues Ban.
The Douglas Arms (‘The Dougie’)
Join the supremely-talented pianist Fraser Clark & Friends for a laid-back afternoon of Jazz standards at the Dougie from 2pm.
DJ duo Double Down Disco get into the spirit from 4pm, playing their favourite Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Latin Jazz and Be-Bop rekkids.
Vinyl selectors Mark Kelly and Dougie Tremble takeover with LOADED (Part VII) from 7.30pm, spinning Funk, 60s, Soul, Breaks & Beats and everything in between! All vinyl, all night.
The RiverSide Bar
From 8pm – 11pm
A four-piece cover band that will play you all the best pop/ rock and alternative tunes as you soak up the last of the sun in the riverside beer garden.
If your interested in helping out at Nithraid this year:
Calling all boat owners on the river Nith, Nithraid invites your participation in the annual river festival.
Although Nithraid is essentially a race it is also a celebration of the beautiful River Nith that runs through the heart of our communities. We invite all river users to join in by taking to the water on Saturday 13th, to follow the race from Glencaple to Dumfries and back, and animate the river with your presence.
We also need pair of competent boat owners whose boats, ideally RIBs, can get up to the centre of Dumfries with the race to act as race marshals. This means making sure that competitors are safe and that spectators keep clear of the race itself.
If this sounds like you, please contact: [email protected]