The many routes of travel to KNOCKENGORROCH!

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Knock Bus

For a hassle free way to travel direct from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle or Dumfries straight to the site see the Knock Bus page.

There are several car share schemes operating in Scotland, including Liftshare


Please note that the festival site is 4 miles from the A713 to the east and not on the A713.

From outside Dumfries and Galloway or Scotland the best route is to get to Glasgow, from Glasgow to Ayr by bus or train, then bus to Dalmellington.

Boyds Taxis, a local taxi firm, tel 01292 551 223 are providing a shuttle service for festival attendees from Dalmellington to the festival.

Taxi Prices [very competitive if sharing]:

Car – £10 to road end [4 miles from fest site] or £20 to bridge/box office [1/2 mile to fest site]

8-seater – £20 road end or £30 bridge/box office

Boyds Taxis are also available for other journeys.

Alternatively, you can also get to New Cumnock by train and then a bus to Dalmellington.

Bus 520 from Dalmellington Square to festival road end [4 miles from fest site] leaves 10.20am and 2.20pm see below

Bus times from New Cumnock to/from Dalmellington

New Cumnock to Dalmellington: Mon-Sat – 7.25, 13.10, 15.08, 17.25, 19.33, 21.33 – NO Sunday service

Dalmellington to New Cumnock: Mon-Sat – 8.11, 9.55, noon, 13.54, 15.52, 18.14, 20.19

Cross road after leaving New Cumnock station and turn right, 3 minute walk from station to nearest bus stop. Bus no 356.


Cheap train return tickets can be obtained to New Cumnock, Glasgow Central or Ayr (via Glasgow Central) from London or anywhere en route if you book early enough.

National rail enquiries can provide info on ALL train journeys: 08457 48 49 50, as can Trainline.

Air Travel

Glasgow Prestwick airport is the closest airport-approx 35 miles from Knockengorroch. Tel 0871 223 0700. Car hire is available at the airport – book in advance.

The travel info desk at the airport can advise on public transport to Ayr from the airport, from Ayr proceed as above.

Knockengorroch festival site is around 55 miles from Dumfries.

If you want to reach Knockengorroch from Dumfries, you need to get a bus to Castle Douglas, and from Castle Douglas a bus to Dalmellington (bus no 520) which runs twice daily from Castle Douglas (no service on Sunday). Ask to be let off at Meadowhead or Lamford, and you are then at the ‘road end’ and 4 miles by road from the festival, the closest you can reach Knockengorroch using public transport.

Castle Douglas to Dalmellington/Ayr: leaves Castle Douglas at 12.58pm, 14.05 and 16.26.
Meadowhead and Lamford are approx 10 min before bus reaches Dalmellington.
Ask to be let off at Meadowhead or Lamford and you are then at the ‘road end’ and 4 miles by road from the festival.

Dalmellington to Castle Douglas: leaves Dalmellington 10.20AM AND 2.20PM, arriving Castle Douglas 11.33 AM AND 3.33 PM.
You need to be at road end by 10.20 OR 2.20 to be sure of catching the bus which needs flagging down.


Traveline has full details of ALL public transport journeys: 0871 200 22 33

We advise checking all journey info before starting out.

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle bus times will be confirmed in due course, please check back nearer to the event.

Shuttle Bus

1pm to 11pm hourly or as required from Carsphairn village to festival site.

11am to 11pm hourly or as required from Carsphairn village to festival site.

Sunday and Monday
10am to 10pm hourly or as required from the festival site to Carsphairn village

If you need to get back to your car urgently outwith these times please talk to us to arrange.


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