Dog Friendly Festivals: Doune the Rabbit Hole

Ahead of the festival season, we’re taking a closer look at dog friendly festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole…

Date
April 13th 2017
Doune the Rabbit Hole is a truly unique festival which focuses on new and interesting music from around the globe - it has grown remarkably over the years. With the help of Doune the Rabbit Hole Director, Jamie – we find out a little more about this family and dog friendly festival and what his top Barbour essentials are for the festival season.
 
 
We at Barbour love that Doune the Rabbit Hole is dog friendly, what made you want to open the festival up to canine guests?
We're all dog-lovers at Doune HQ, and many of the organisers have our own merry four-legged friends who we want to bring along to the festival too - dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome - we just request that they're kept on a lead and picked up after, of course!
 
Doune the Rabbit Hole will be held amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate again this year – how did you pick that location and are there plenty of things for dogs to get up to during the festival?
Cardross Estate is a very special place indeed! The festival lies within the grounds of Cardross House itself; perched on parkland filled with giant, ancient "specimen trees", it overlooks a beautiful valley which holds Stirling Castle at one end and Loch Lomond at the other & Doune the Rabbit Hole sits between the two.
 
 
We’re very proud of our Scottish heritage – why do you think Scotland makes for the perfect location for the festival?
The scenery is absolutely beautiful, and not just the immediate location around the festival site - the drive on the way is gorgeous too - no matter whether you come from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or even London - the journey to Doune the Rabbit Hole is always spectacular and exciting!
 
Doune the Rabbit Hole is a very intimate festival in comparison to others of its kind – what made you want to keep it this way rather than expanding in size?
Having a great atmosphere is a very important, if not essential, part of Doune the Rabbit Hole. We believe this is aided by the small scale nature of the festival. At DTRH, you can meet someone in the bar or on the dance floor one night, and recognise them lounging in the sun by their tent next morning!
 
 
Find out Jamie’s essential Barbour products this festival season…
 
Barbour Biker Wellington Boots
‘We are actually very lucky at Doune the Rabbit Hole as we don't get that much mud at Cardross Estate, so a full welly is usually not required, but better to be safe than sorry with these biker wellington boots.’
 
Barbour Classic Beaufort Wax Jacket
‘No trip to a Scottish estate would be complete without a classic waxed jacket. You can walk under the 300 year old oak trees and pretend that you are in Monarch of the Glen.’
 
Barbour Monty Slippers
‘Slippers at a music festival? Yes....really. We have some incredible glamping options as we have a range of luxury yurts and you can't go glamping without your slippers.’
 
 
Barbour Quilted Dog Bed
‘You're taking your slippers to the festival to wear around your luxury yurt whilst drinking champagne before slipping them off to climb into your double bed but what about the dog? Unfortunately we don't provide dog beds so make sure you bring your own.’
 
Barbour Wax Dog Coat
‘Some of the UK's best dressed dogs attend our festival and so there is a lot of competition to look one's best. The classic waxed Barbour doesn't just look good on you, it's looks even better on your best friend.’
 
Be sure to grab your tickets for this year’s Doune the Rabbit Hole.
 
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