Strathaven Balloon Festival, 2013

During the last weekend in August the small South Lanarkshire town of Strathaven (pronounced ‘Stray-ven’) hosts Scotland’s only balloon festival. The Festival was introduced in 1999 to boost the economy of this picturesque market town and to encourage visitors to the area.

As usual the event was well supported and the good weather allowed the balloons to fly. On Saturday night there was a ‘Night Glow’ when the burners of the balloons were lit and there was a spectacular display with the balloons ‘dancing’ to music.

Below are some photographs of the event on Saturday.

Putting hot air into a balloon
Testing the Burner
Balloon in Flight
Balloon in Flight
Balloon in Flight
Balloon taking off
Balloon in Flight
Balloon in Flight
Balloon in Flight
Balloon in Flight
Balloons in Flight
Night Glow
Night Glow

More of my photographs can be seen at:

Photographs of Strathaven Balloon Festival 2013

More Information 

Strathaven Balloon Festival 

Strathaven Town 

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