Scottish Highland Dancing Competition

Join us on Saturday 9th July 2022 at Minnigaff Playing Fields from 10am for a day of Scottish Highland Dancing competition, overseen by judges from the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. This will be the third year of competition after a fantastic year of competition in 2019 with local dancers doing us proud so please come along again and show your support for dancers from Dumfries & Galloway.

The Primary, Beginners and Novice sections begin at 10:30am with the Intermediate and Premier sections starting at 1:30pm.

There will be 12 different dances, across all sections, accompanied by live traditional Scottish bagpipes and all under the watchful eye of Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) judges.

It's a terrific opportunity for dancers from Dumfries & Galloway to compete at a home competition, demonstrating and celebrating the wonderful local talent that we have and we would like to wish them all well as they compete against some of the best in the UK & Ireland.

Dancers will compete on stage in the dance marquee which will be open on three sides to allow easy spectating whilst providing cover should the weather not be kind to us!

As well as the dance marquee, pipes and dancers there will be catering available on site along with stalls and bouncy castles to keep everyone entertained.

Register Online

You can register and pay online by selecting the section/s you require from the list below.

Register Offline

If you prefer pen/paper then simply click the link/icon below to open/print a registration form (PDF format). You will need to complete a seperate form for each dancer you're registering.


Stall Holders

We have steel-framed covered market stalls available at £20.00 per stall or if you have your own gazebo/unit just £15.00 per pitch, which are available to crafters / local produce / traders. You'll be sited directly opposite the highland dancing marquee and stage area giving you a full view of the dancers and pipers with easy access for spectators to browse your stall, products and services.

Please call 01671 404924 or e-mail to book your place today.


Minnigaff Park is located just north of the B7079 New Galloway Road which runs from the A712 and A75, to the West, over the Creebridge to meet the A714 which runs directly, north/south, through Newton Stewart.

If you're travelling from the West, take a right turn off the A75 onto the A712 and then an immediate left onto the B7079 towards Minnigaff & Newton Stewart. Take the second right off the B7079 into McGregor Drive and then an immediate left into Bruce Place. Continue along Bruce Place and around onto Kirroughtree Avenue. Minnigaff Park is on your left.

If you're travelling from the South, through Newton Stewart on the A714, take a right, or a left if you're travelling from the North, directly over the Cree bridge, which becomes the B7079. Take, what is effectively, the 4th left once you've crossed the Cree bridge into Bruce Place.

Access & Parking

Vehicle access to the park will be via a clockwise one-way system around Bruce Place, Kirroughtree Avenue and McGregor Drive in Minnigaff. This will be in place to reduce traffic congestion and will be in operation from 9am - 5:30pm on the day. Stall holder access will be available from 8:00am

The event will be well signposted and there is plenty of parking at the site or within a short walking distance should the available parking reach capacity.

Supported by:
  • Kilgallioch Community Fund Logo
  • The Holywood Trust Logo
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8th annual music festival

The 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 8th-10th July 2022 and plans are already underway for a HUGE comeback event featuring, as ever, the very best in traditional music. We're delighted that the Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band, Sarah Markey Band and Gráinne Brady are already confirmed and thrilled to also announce Irish fiddler player Megan Nic Fhionnghaile! It's going to be an incredible weekend, not to be missed.

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