Kartli Winter Festival

From Gigha With Love

Isle of Gigha Winter Festival Ceilidh

Join us for the first Gigha Winter Festival on Saturday 16th/17th December. The festival's timing is to commemorate the sinking of the Russian factory ship, the Kartli, which sank off the west coast of Gigha in 1991. Last year the Russian Consul General requested that he and a party of guests visited Gigha to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster. This year, we have decided to make it a celebration of the friendship between Russia and Gigha. We hope to bring a chink of light in the winter dark and have organised a craft fair, guided walks in Achamore gardens and Grandfather Frost's grotto. There will be a church service and wreath laying ceremony at the Kartli memorial cairn on Sunday 17th December. We have a group of Russians, including the Russian Consul General and the BBC attending the event. 

The highlight of the festival is the evening ceilidh on Saturday 16th December featuring Lorne MacDougall - one of Scotland's most innovative traditional musicians; and Christine Kydd - an award-winning singer and recording artist who is best known for her treatment of traditional and contemporary songs . They will be joined by local musicians and the evening will involve storytelling, poetry, and more. There is a licensed bar and a simple meal is included in the ticket price. Book quickly as spaces are limited.

The schedule is as follows:


  • Guided walks in Achamore Gardens 11am and 2pm
  • Craft Fair 11am - 4pm
  • Piper 2:30 - 3pm with walk through to Grandfather Frost's Grotto
  • Singing workshop with Christine Kydd - time TBC
  • Ceilidh 7pm til late


  • Church service 11am
  • Wreath laying ceremony at the Kartli cairn 12pm
  • Lunch and carol singing from 1pm onwards at the Gigha Hotel

More information and tickets can purchased from the Trust Office. £12 Adults, £6 concessions, under 5's free. 


Contact Us

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust

Craft Workshop 1, Isle of Gigha, PA41 7AA

Telephone 01583 505390

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