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04 August, 2014

Trad Folk on Hard Rock

A nature reserve in the south west of Scotland is hosting the very best of traditional Scottish folk music and a guided geology this Saturday (9 August).

The afternoon event will be held at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (NNR). It will feature a live performance by the outstanding Fèis Rois musicians from The National Ceilidh Trail tour. Creetown Gem Rock Museum’s expert gemmologist Tim Stephenson will lead a guided walk to discover the rocks beneath Cairnsmore’s imposing granite hill.

The free event supports the region’s Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations and is funded by Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The Fèis Rois musicians will be performing their beautifully-crafted songs and lively dance tunes starting at 2pm. These exceptional young musicians have been selected from across Scotland for The National Ceilidh Trail summer tour – a professional development opportunity for young traditional musicians to develop their performance skills and experience life as touring artists.

Tim Stephenson, owner manager of Creetown Gem Rock Museum, will then give a fascinating insight into how this beautiful wild landscape was formed, with an easy walk around the reserve.

Jonathan Warren from SNH said: “This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an amazing afternoon’s entertainment and discover more about one of south-west Scotland’s wildest and most dramatic landscapes. And what’s more, it’s all for free!”

The event runs from 2pm to 4pm with free entry and parking and is suitable for all ages. Those attending are advised to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear, and to bring their own refreshments or a picnic.

Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR is off the B796, eight miles from Gatehouse of Fleet and seven miles from Creetown.

For more information contact Jonathan Warren on 01387 272440 or email


Notes to editors

Free, colour pictures of the Fèis Rois are available. Please contact Jonathan Warren (see above).

Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR is managed by SNH and is one of about 50 NNRs in Scotland. NNRs are special places that look after some of the best of Scotland’s nature on behalf of everyone who lives or visits Scotland, and they provide unique opportunities to visit, enjoy and learn more about Scotland’s nature. For more information, see

Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading youth arts organisations providing opportunities for over 3,000 young people to play music and perform each year. It has won the prestigious Scots Trad Music Award for "Community Project of the Year" for its local and national Ceilidh Trails. For more information,

Creetown Gem Rock Museum in the coastal village of Creetown houses one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils and is a 4-star rated VisitScotland attraction. Website at

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative managed by EventScotland, which is a part of VisitScotland. Homecoming Scotland 2014 will enable the tourism and events industries to further demonstrate the important role they play in delivering sustainable and sustained growth to Scotland's economy. For further information:

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