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 below and we recommend booking early as the Mid-Argyll area is full during the festival weekend.
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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.
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 prohibited 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.
People with mobility difficulties should use the main car parks and use the free shuttle bus to the festival. The distance between the car park and festival is only a few hundred metres. If you have further enquiries regarding disabled access and transport please refer to the Disabled Information below.
One free PA/Carer Ticket is available to disabled attendees who are in receipt of a middle or higher rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/PIP or equivalent. Wristbands will be issued on arrival at the festival when you present your festival ticket and proof of DLA/PIP or equivalent.
There is no covered viewing platform at BOWFest, 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 your disability, please contact one of the stewards who will be happy to help you.
Disabled Car Parking
There will be a wheel chair drop off and pick up point close to the entrance, however the car must be parked in the car park 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.
Please note that the onsite festival car park is closed on the friday night due to lighting restrictions. Please use the public car parks in the Inveraray on Friday. Festival tickets are needed to gain access to the festival car park on Saturday and Sunday. Car parking onsite is free but the carpark size is limited. There is further car parking in the public car parks in Inveraray a few minutes walk away. There is a charge for some of the public car parking via the self service ticket machines. Always follow the direction signs, variable message signs and park where directed by festival stewards or police.
Where to 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.
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. You can also post on the festival website that you need a lift or have spaces.
Searches will be conducted at the entrance of the festival by event security for items deemed to be illegal or antisocial. One of the conditions of entry is that you consent to searches of yourself and your belongings by police or event security when on the festival's premises. Please don't affect your likelihood of enjoying and participating in the event by trying to bring illegal items and / or substances onto the site as you may be asked to leave. Please do not bring the following onto site: Drugs, Alcohol, Animals, excluding guide dogs, Offensive weapons or anything likely to be considered an offensive weapon including glass bottles, laser pens etc / fireworks / flares or Legal highs.
Arrive early to get a good parking and stage viewing spot. You must bring a printed copy of your ticket on the day of the event. Your ticket will be scanned for its unique barcode and exchanged for a wrist band which will be conected to your wrist. Your ticket can only be exchanged once and wristbands cannot be issued to third parties on your behalf. BOWFest will not allow admission to persons presenting a ticket that has already been scanned, lost or stolen. Please protect your tickets.
Friday gate opens 18:30 Festival closes 22:30
Saturday gate opens 11:30 Festival closes 21:00
Sunday gate opens 11:30 Festival closes 19:30
THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY or RE-ENTRY TO BOWFest after 8pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday
Best of the West Festival welcomes media interest in our unique event and we try to accommodate coverage wherever possible. However, the Festival does have a media access policy and this extends to photography. If you wish to take photographs at Best of the West for anything other than private personal use you will need to have permission.
All enquiries about press, photographic or film coverage of the Festival for news purposes should be made to the Press Office.
Traders / Exhibitors
Applications to trade/exhibit at Best of the West are accepted between October and May. Offers to trade/exhibit will be made to applicants by mid-March. If you are interested in trading/exhibiting at the Best of the West Festival drop us an email.
If you have a West Coast connection, we usually book performers and artists at least 9 months in advance so please let us have your application in good time.
If there's anything you can do to help like security, car parking, first aider, general setup or just displaying a poster, then please get in touch.