FAQ

EDF IS A FESTIVAL OPEN TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
 
FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES
FRIDAY, JUL 24
SATURDAY, JUL 25

SET TIMES

These will be announced in due course.

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

How do I get to Benbecula?

 

Bus Links

Regular bus services connect with the ferry arrival and departure times.

The main coach operator from Central Scotland is Scottish Citylink Coaches, for all connections telephone 08705 505050 or visit their website: www.citylink.co.uk.

 

Tickets must be booked in advance to ensure a seat on the bus.

 

Train Links

Uig - Lochmaddy Ferry service:

 

Train services run to Kyle Of Lochalsh, a bus must then be taken to Uig.

 

Train services run directly to Mallaig.

 

Please check connections with bus/ train with ferry.


Further details from 08457 48049050 or book online through www.scotrail.co.uk.

 

Flying 

Loganair fly from Glasgow to Benbecula. www.Loganair.co.uk

 

For more information on all of the travel options please follow the appropriate link.

 

What are the ferry times?

Caledonian MacBrayne run a direct car and passenger ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy and also from Mallaig to Lochboisdale. Inter-island services also operate between Ardmhor in Barra and Eriskay in South Uist and also from Berneray in North Uist to Leverburgh and Harris.

 

The summer timetable will be operating during the festival which will be operating extra sailings to Uist compared to the winter timetable. Pre bookings must be made for all vehicles. Tickets may be bought up to 5 months in advance.

 

Telephone 0800 066 5000 or log on to their website to view ferry timetables: www.calmac.co.uk

 

Do we need to book in advance? 

If you intend to bring a car or any vehicles, then this must be booked in advance.

 

Do foot passengers need to book? 

As a foot passenger you cannot book in advance. However EDF and CalMac advise all foot passengers to arrive at the ferry terminal at least 1hr in advance of sailings, as it is extremely busy over the festival weekend.

You will need to buy a ticket and also make sure you pick up a boarding pass.

 

How far is the festival site from the ferry terminal?

If you arrive in Lochmaddy, the festival site in Liniclate is approximately 21 miles away.

If you arrive in Berneray, the festival site in Liniclate is approximately 31 miles away.

If you arrive in Lochboisdale, the festival site in Liniclate is approximately 22 miles away.

If you arrive in Eriskay, the festival site in Liniclate is approximately 28 miles away.
 

And how far is it from the airport? 

The airport is approximately 6 miles away from the festival site.

 

How do we get transport to the festival?

Shuttle buses will be travelling from the ferries to the festival drop off site each day BUT MUST BE PRE BOOKED.  The drop off point is a short distance to the festival site. This is to allow the buses to turn and not cause congestion on the road. You will be walking on the main road to the festival, so please be aware of traffic.

Our official buses will be provided by Lindsay's Coaches and MacVicars Coaches.  **BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL**

MacVicars coaches will also operate buses heading North as well as shuttle buses from Balivanich. **BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL**

Please book your bus place on 01870 603197 or by email by clicking here

Lindsay's Coaches will operate buses heading South. Please book your seat on the bus by calling AJ on 07780 548779.

Is there a campsite available?

There are five campsites available. Early booking is advised.

 

Shellbay Caravan Park
Liniclate 
Benbecula
Hebrides  
HS7 5PJ

 

Allan Buchanan
Tel: 01870 602447 
This site is less than a mile from the festival site. (Suitable for Motorhomes)

Liniclate Temporary Campsite

Liniclate

Benbecula

Hebrides

HS7 5PJ

Donald MacPherson

Tel: 07887 707609

This site is less than a mile from the festival site. (Perfect for tents) *BOOKING ESSENTIAL*

 

Moorcroft Campsite

17 Carinish
North Uist
Hebrides
HS6 5HN

 

Iain & Catriona Morrison
Tel: 01876 580305

E-Mail: morrisons17@hotmail.com

 

Balranald Hebridean Holidays
Hougharry
North Uist
Outer Hebrides
HS6 5DL

Tel: 01876510304
Mobile: 07748267996

E-Mail: info@balranaldhebrideanholidays.com

 

Kilbride Campsite
Cille Bhrighde 
South Uist
Hebrides   
HS8 5TT  

 

DJ MacIsaac                                  
Tel: 01878 700568

 

Is there any public transport or taxis?

There is limited public transport on the island, but a few taxi firms.

Shuttle buses will be running from the festival site to the campsite areas throughout the weekend, please see noticeboards on site for more information.

 

LEAVING BENBECULA & THE FESTIVAL SITE

Please ensure that you leave the campsite and surrounding areas as you found them. Dispose of all rubbish and litter (bin bags can be given out at the main office). Please do not abandon tents or belongings.

 

When do I have to leave the island?

Stay for as long as you like! :)
 

When do the shuttle buses start? 

Shuttle buses will be running from 4pm on the Friday from the campsites to the drop off point. If you are travelling to the island on the ferry, shuttle buses MUST BE PRE-BOOKED.

 

 

IDENTIFICATION & UNDER 18s

EDF follows the Challenge 25 policy (http://www.challenge25.org) If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over on arrival. If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol.

We would strongly advise all festival goers to ensure they bring identification, we accept the following:

  • Passport

  • Driving license

  • Young Scot Card

  • Citizen Card

  • Or any other photo ID that has a PASS Logo

If you can’t prove proof of age then you will be issued with an under 18 band, and ONLY if you are accompanied by an adult.

Concession ticket holders must also remember to bring proof of concession.

 

I am under 18, can I come to EDF? 

EDF is open to everyone. Under 18 tickets are only available to buy with an adult ticket. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is over the age of 18. 1 adult can be responsible for a maximum of 4 under 18s and must be present at registration.  Any Under 18’s who arrive at the gate without their responsible adult will not be permitted to enter EDF.

All under 18s will also be asked to write a contact telephone number on their wrist band in case of emergency.

 

 

TICKETING

All tickets will be scanned prior to entry and a wristband issued. No wristband means no entry so please take care of your tickets. No replacement can be made for lost tickets.

 

TICKET AVAILABILITY ON SITE

There will be no tickets available on the day, please purchase your ticket through the ticket links on the site prior to arrival.

 

WRISTBANDS

Different wristbands will be issued in accordance to the ticket purchased. These will be issued when your ticket is scanned. DO NOT LOSE YOUR WRISTBAND, no wristband means no entry to the arena.

 

 

ENTRY & SECURITY

There will be trained security staff patrolling the venue at all times, anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the festival arena. Entry is STRICTLY by ticket only and everyone attending the event will be subject to a search. A drugs dog will also be present.

 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Is there a licensed bar at the festival?

Yes. There is a bar located in the main arena. Opening times will be advertised in due course.

 

Can you bring your dog to the festival?

Pet dogs are not permitted within the festival arena or any other fields in and around the festival site. The only exception to this are guide dogs. Please be aware that livestock will be in surrounding fields so extra care of pets is essential. Pets must be kept on a lead at all times within the campsites.

 

Is there a car park? 

Yes.

 

Is there Wi-Fi access at the festival?

No. The area has 4G on the EE network.

 

Is there disabled access at the festival?

Yes, and there is a special disabled viewing area within the arena. Please make yourself aware to a member of the team on arrival.
 

DO YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE? 

Please let us know if you require wheelchair access as the disabled viewing area is limited in number. Click here to let us know of your requirements. Click here if you require access to the disabled viewing area. We also have a family viewing area for people with young children, ear defenders are available upon request for babies and young children within the main arena.

 

WEATHER

The weather in Scotland, even in July can be challenging. If the weather is so extreme that we have to cancel or postpone the event, there will be contingencies and processes in place to deal with this. We do advise that you bring clothing and essentials for all types of Scottish weather!​

 

THESE ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED

No glass is permitted on the festival site and will be confiscated.  Any under 18’s found to be attempting to bring alcohol into the site will have it confiscated and they will be asked to leave the site.

 

All bags will be searched on arrival.

 

You cannot take any liquids into the main arena.

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