The vast majority of festival-goers spend their weekend in local accommodation throughout Inveraray and Argyll. But others choose to bring their campervan/caravan to stay in the Argyll Caravan Park a few miles from the festival site. Unfortunately there is no camping on site but the local hostel is only a few minutes walk and much warmer. Please note that no sleeping, camping or fires are allowed in any of the local car parks. A full list of accommodation providers is available here and we recommend booking early as the mid-argyll area is full during the festival weekend.
Wherever you choose to sleep, we are sure you will find your stay in the southern highlands comfortable and welcoming. And as part of our Leave No Trace campaign we'd definitely encourage you to only bring things which you can take home. In fact, we'd be very grateful if you could leave as little behind as possible. Thanks.
The portable toilets - are self-contained flushing toilets. We also have disabled toilets with baby changing facilities. Portable toilets become blocked quickly when they are not flushed. Please flush before and after each use. The flush systems is a lever located the next to the seat. Each toilet block has handwashing facilities and have hand sanitiser dispensers - please use them.
Please leave all toilets as you'd wish to find them, and consider others. Toilet rolls are available free of charge from the ticket station. The Festival employs on-site cleaners to ensure the toilets are cleaned and emptied several times a day. Please do not pee in the hedges, ditches or streams on the Festival site. The urine runs-off into the waterways and causes terrible pollution which endangers not only the local wildlife, but also the future of the Best of the West Festival.
NO SMOKING / NO DOGS
In accordance with the law, smoking is prohibted within the marquees or other wholly or substantially enclosed public spaces. As much as we love our four legged friends crowded festivals is not the place for dogs or animals. They are NOT allowed onsite, including the car parks. Guide dogs excepted.
FOOD & DRINK
Please do not bring your own food or drink into the event, our license restrictions do not permit this. There will be a wide variety of bars and food suppliers on site. You may bring a sealed plastic bottle of water into the event with you, no other types of drink or unsealed bottles will be allowed. Please ensure you bring photo ID as we operate a challenge 25 policy for alcohol sales.
BOWfest will offer disabled attendees who are in receipt of a middle or higher rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) one free ticket for an assistant to accompany you at the festival. People in receipt of a DLA will be given a wristband on arrival at the festival when they present their festival ticket and proof of DLA.
There is no covered viewing platform at Best of the West, but there is a small area near the front of the stage which can be used by the disabled. However, if there are specific problems resulting from their disability, please contact one of the stewards who will be happy to do everything possible to help you.
There will be a wheel chair drop off and pick up point close to the entrance, however the car must be parked in the carpark after drop off. We have a free shuttle bus running from the car parks so their is no special consideration for disabled parking as the bus will ferry you from and to your car. Please park in the designated car parks only, parking in an unauthorised area could result in your vechile being towed.
Festival tickets are needed to gain access to the festival car parks. Car parking onsite is free but the carpark size is limited. There is further car parking in the public carpark in Inveraray a few minutes walk away. The top part of the carpark is free whilst the bottom of the car park has a charge via the self service ticket machines. The choice of where to park in the public carpark is yours. Always follow the direction signs, variable message signs and park where directed by festival stewards or police.
WHERE YOU PARK
Most people want to park as near as possible to the festival. Unfortunately it doesn't work like that. The stewards will fill the car parks in arrival order. There is a free shuttle bus service between the carpark and festival site which is only a short walk away.
LEAVING THE CAR PARK
It is possible to leave the car park and return during the Festival providing there is space avalaible. The cars are parked in rows with decent turning space in between the rows.
People with mobility difficulties should use the main car parks and use the free shuttle bus to the festival. The distance between the carpark and festival is only a few hundred meters. If you have further enquiries regarding disabled access and transport please refer to the Disabled Information above.
If you fancy car-sharing to the Festival, websites like Compare & Share and Lift Share or goCarShare can help you get in touch with others either offering a ride or needing one.