Returning in 2018 for our second year we're once again bringing a huge mix of boaty activity to the shores of the Clyde. Expect chances to get on the water in canoes; it's trying your hand at traditional skills; it's listening to fiddles choons with a pint while boats play on the water or strolling through our market looking at all the products hand made in Glasgow. There will be boat launches and rowing races, steam bending and story telling, sea shanties and beer. It'll be bright, colourful and surprising. It'll be unexpected, and it'll be really quite boaty! 

The Festival runs from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday and is totally FREE except for the Afterparty

We're based around the plaza of the Riverside Museum with good car parking and easy transport links to the city centre. 


We'll have loads happening over the weekend so read on for a sense of what's going on! 

  photo: Leanne Fischler

photo: Leanne Fischler


On the shore we'll be building a village of marquees and tents and filling them with things! Come along down to see it all. Everything is open and active 10-5 all weekend. 

  • Asgard will be blacksmithing all weekend, creating noise and sparks with a mobile forge 
  • Backwood Survival will be back to show us the best in wilderness survival skills
  • Haundanee will be bringing their own take on boaty craft as they offer free model boat making for kids!
  • Our makers market will be happening all weekend with craft makers from around Glasgow and further afield. 
  • We'll have four delicious street food vendors and top notch coffee too!
 Photo: Steven Landles

Photo: Steven Landles


In the workshop all our amazing partner organisations will be showing of their skills, project and boat. Open all weekend 10-5 the workshop will feature

  • Tall Ship demonstrating wire splicing 
  • GalGael doing carving demos and fibre craft
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum talking about their amazing restoration of the mighty Reaper
  • Scottish Maritime Museum's boats

Tall Ship

On board the mighty Glenlee we'll have yet more happenings from 11-3:

  • Face Painting - Get in the spirit of the thing! 
  • Pirate hat making - Make and decorate your own pirate hat.
  • Morse code demonstration from Tall Ship volunteers
  • Photo Booth
  • Friends of Glenlee stall
  • Storytelling with Beth Godfrey
  • Sea Shanty Workshop 

Bar Marquee

If you've had enough crafty learning and want to relax with a drink head on down to the bar marquee. We'll have bands on all weekend for your enjoyment!


  • 12-2 Ukelele Orchestras of Loch Lomond and Loch Winnoch

  • 2-3 Muldoon's Picnic Sea Shanties

  • 3-4 Arkansas Ramblers
  • 4.15 Castle to Crane Prizegiving
  • 4.45 - 5.45 Malin Lewis
 Photo: Brendan MacNeill

Photo: Brendan MacNeill


  • 12-1 Annie Lennox 
  • 1-2 Brass Aye?
  • 2-3 Voice Male
  • 3-4 Lewis McLaughlin



On the Water

On Saturday have our huge Castle to Crane race - we hope to have 76 boats this year! The race kicks off at Dumbarton at 10:45 and they'll all be crossing the finish line at the Finnieston Crane between 1 and 3 pm. If you'd like to spectate you can see the race from

  • Dumbarton Castle - Great for seeing the start. 
  • Bowling Harbour where our pals at the BHive at Scottish Canals are putting on a shebang to help cheer the boats on. 
  • Glasgow itself - we race up past the Tall Ship and the Festival Site before finishing at the Finnieston Crane. You get a great view from Bells' and Millenium bridges! 

Around the festival Site we'll have boats playing and coming and going as well as free have-a-go sessions in canoes from Metro Outdoors available all weekend! On the pontoons you'll also find the Tall Ship La Malouine that you can have a tour of.


  photo: Leanne Fischler

photo: Leanne Fischler



This year we've organised an amazing after party at the new Argyll Street Arches in the centre of the city. We've got the Jigger Ceilidh band and the mighty Trongate Rum Riots coming to play rousing tunes to party the night away. 

Tickets are still on sale - so get yours today! 

Festival Site

Riverside Museum Plaza

100 Pointhouse Road


G3 8RS



How to Get Here

By Car

The Riverside Museum is easy to drive to. Right off the A814 express way. Just follow signs for the Museum or use the postcode G3 8RS. Parking is metered and not very cheap - you might want to park elsewhere and get public transport to us. 

By Bus

The 100 Bus runs regularly between the City Centre and the Riverside Museum. You can see a timetable here 

By Rail

Trains from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Helensburgh stop at Partick Train Station. It's a ten minute walk from there to the Museum

By Subway

Subway from around Glasgow will stop at Partick if you shout 'Boats' really loudly when approaching the stop. 

By Boat

The Govan Ferry will be running through the festival. It runs from 10-6 back and forward all the time. If you're coming from the south consider getting to Govan and coming over by boat to get in the spirit. Or you can always row to the site if you have your own boat and want to join in! 



Contact Us

If you'd like to get in touch for any reason please use the form below or by the methods to the right. 

CASTLE TO CRANE: If you have specific questions about the race please read the Frequently Asked Questions before emailing. We're happy to answer any and every question you may have if it helps you come take part in the event, but it really helps us if you can check there before getting in touch. 

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Contact: Ben Wilde


Tel:     0141 357 3699

All website photography by Steven Landles, Brendan MacNeill, Leanne Fischler and Hana Wilde