Nithraid this year will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Nithraid is a community-led River Festival beside and on Dumfries’ River Nith. Starting off with a sailing race up river on the highest tide of the year, the race finish line is below the caul in the centre of Dumfries, where the Salty Coo awaits the arrival of the boats from the centre of the river Nith.
Scandinavia and all things Viking are one of the themes of the Nithraid this year; there will be a Viking encampment beside the river for the event, alongside our Nithraid village of family friendly activities, food, and music.

Interested in taking part in this years sailing race? Download the race form and details on this page.

This will be the fifth year that the Nithraid has been held. See some of our previous years here…



Useful Information


Carsethorn to Dumfries Whitesands

Nithraid is a celebration of the relationship between Dumfries and its river. It is created and produced by The Stove Network and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Creative Scotland, The Holywood Trust, Barfil Trust and local businesses.
Interested in taking part in this years sailing race? Download the race form and further details here:


Course Notes and Race Rules
Entry Form
Carsethorn Launch Map

On Sunday 10th September the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association will by hosting the Nithraid rowing Race, from Glencaple to Dumfries.

1pm: Be at Glencaple to watch the crews prepare and launch.
2pm: Race start, according to the tides.
Follow the rowers 6 miles upstream to the Caul.
The race finish is in the centre of Dumfries at the Nithraid Pontoons!

This is an international race, featuring teams from Holland, Ireland, England and Scotland.