Strathavan Balloon Festival is an event held once a year in the lovely wee town of Strathavan. We brought the girls here when they were younger but haven’t been for a while. We ended up just bringing Katie along as Shannon was out with her friends.
No matter how many times we come to this event, I still get a shock when I see the amount of cars and people descending on this wee town, The event is run by a small group of volunteers and it must take so much organisation. Now that we are involved in our local Conservation Group, I feel proud for them as we know how it feels to pull off a Community event and ours have been nothing to the scale of this.
Of course, they could do all the organising in the world and it could still go downhill fast, one thing in Scotland you can’t rely on (unlike the midgies), is the weather! So many times we packed up the car with picnics and buggies for the weather to turn all Scottish on us and the balloons can’t fly. The weather needs to be perfect and this weekend was as close to that as you’ll get I think. We didn’t come over to see the morning flights (6am-no thanks) and we missed the afternoon flight as I was working. We did see the night glow though, where the balloons stay tethered and they light them up in time with some music. It is beautiful and they are so much bigger than you imagine.
I am fascinated by hot air balloons, they just look so magical, floating in the sky, especially on a sunny day with a bright blue backdrop. Our first morning in Florida, I opened our blinds to hot air balloons in the beautiful morning, hazy sun and it still is one of my favourite memories of the holiday.
In saying that, as much as a flight would maybe sneak onto my bucket list, I don’t think I would have the guts to fly in one, the thoughts of plummeting to the ground in a ball of flames puts me off a wee bit. I’ll watch from the ground, thanks.
You can find more about the festival here – www. strathavanballoonfestival.co.uk , it really is worth a visit. There’s lots to do for little ones and even teenagers. Plenty of food stalls and some lovely live bands. The town of Strathavan is worth a visit on its own, it’s so traditional and pretty.
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend,
Love Tammy x