Strathaven Balloon Festival

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Launch Site Address

Strathaven Park, Glasgow Rd
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6LZ

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Balloon Rides from the Strathaven Balloon Festival


Witness the magic of a mass balloon launch at the festival. Imagine countless balloons lifting off together, painting the sky with vibrant colours as they drift serenely over South Lanarkshire. It’s a sight you’ll never forget.

🟢 Dates have been confirmed for the next Strathaven Balloon Festival.

Strathaven Balloon Festival Information

🎈 Will Virgin Balloon Flights be at Strathaven Balloon Festival this year?

No, we will not be at the Strathaven Balloon Festival. However, we are taking part in many hot air balloon festivals this year.

If you are keen to take to the skies with us at another balloon fiesta, or you're searching for ideas on the perfect family day out, check out our ultimate guide to UK hot air balloon festivals.

🗓️ When is the Strathaven Balloon Festival?

23rd - 25th August, 2024.

There will be a park & ride option available to gain entrance to the festival site. If you decide to park in any of the local streets, please check for parking restrictions. Please do not park on pavements or in front of entrances to homes or businesses. Ensure that if you park opposite another vehicle, that there is plenty of clearance left for emergency vehicles to pass.

Passengers need to be aware that the standard 40 to 60 minute flight time may not necessarily be the rule of thumb at this event, due to its vicinity to Glasgow and the hills. As this is a unique event, there is no back up launch site. However we will do our best for passengers to get the best experience possible.

Passengers also need to be aware that larger balloons are not able to fly in the same conditions as smaller balloons. The main factor being wind speeds and gusty conditions. With large crowds surrounding the launch field it can be deemed too high risk to try to inflate and take off in a balloon four times bigger than others when conditions are unstable. Smaller balloons however, may attempt to fly at the pilot's discretion.

Other Hot Air Balloon Festivals

If the dates for this festival don’t quite work for you and you're looking to plan the dates for a memorable balloon packed weekend outing, check out our quick guide to the UK balloon festival calendar and explore fiestas happening throughout the year.


From the M74, exit at Junction 8 and head West on the A71 signposted for Kilmarnock. Continue on this road into Strathaven and follow the signs for Short Stay Parking, going straight on at the mini roundabout and then taking the next right turn onto Wellbrae. As you come round the corner you will find yourself on the main street with car parking in the centre. Follow the road past the parking and continue for approximately 500 meters and the park will be on your right.

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