Strathaven Hot Air Balloon Festival
Our annual hot air ballooning event is the only one of its kind in Scotland. Unlike many balloon gatherings, we combine the magnificent sight of hot air balloons with our Saturday and Sunday Fun Days, so that there?s something for all the family to enjoy in Strathaven and entry to the Festival is free.
On the Saturday evening of the festival, if the weather is fair, just after 9.00pm, spectators are treated to aspectacular extravaganza in the form of our Evening Glow.
As darkness falls, people begin to gather at the main arena. As they wait for the balloonists to take the field, an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation builds. Almost without warning, the balloonists begin the dramatic display by laying out and inflating their huge balloons, tethered to 4x4s. Then the music starts! The balloon crews burn, flicker and flash the burners of the tethered balloons, whose enormous, brightly-coloured envelopes glow, creating a magical scene of light and colour and illuminating the night sky