Bealach Fiddle Retreats

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Bealach fiddle retreat

Friday 5th – Monday 8th June 2020

Based at Kilcreggan House 

Bealach (n):  a mountain pass, gateway

Two fiddles

Join Ros Gasson and Kirstie McLanaghan for a weekend of musical immersion. We’ll provide a beautiful idyllic setting, good food, tuition, inspiration, fun and laughter. Just bring yourself, your fiddle and an open mind. We’d particularly like to welcome players who have never been to a residential weekend before.

This will be an intimate weekend of sharing, resulting in new friendships, a full head and most definitely a full heart.

This retreat is now full. If you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please contact Ros

Fiddle tuition

Over the weekend there will be an opportunity to learn:

  • A selection of Scottish fiddle tunes in various styles
  • Regional fiddle styles
  • Technique
  • Bowing
  • Tension-free playing
  • Tune writing
  • How to make the most of your practice time

We’ll be planning fiddle-related activities in the evenings, alongside plenty of opportunities to play together in sessions. We’ll also offer the opportunity for participants to opt in to 1:1 ‘troubleshooting’ sessions with either tutor.

We’re both passionate about playing the fiddle and Scottish music, and with more than 65 years of playing experience between us we are extremely excited to share this fiddle retreat with you.

The weekend is open to adults who are able to learn tunes by ear.


Kilcreggan House is a newly opened venue west of Helensburgh, on the Roseneath peninsula. The house has been renovated specifically to provide a great venue for music workshops, with space to sleep over 20 people, and 3 large spaces where we can teach, and play together in the evenings.

Kilkreggan house, on the Roseneath peninsula
Kilcreggan House

Kilcreggan House
Argyll Road
Argyll & Bute
G84 0JT

Dogs are not allowed in the venue



bedroom at Kilcreggan house
Bedroom at Kilcreggan house

The house has 7 bedrooms and beside it there are six studios in the grounds which each have their own bathroom. All bedrooms are either single, double, twin or three-bedded.





All meals from our evening meal on Friday evening to lunch on Monday are included. We’ll ask about any dietary requirements when you register.


This retreat is now full. If you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please contact Ros


Prices per person:

Twin room/double £310
Triple room (3 single beds) £285
Single room £340
Camping £230

This includes accommodation (you must bring your own tent, bedding etc if camping), all meals from dinner on the Friday evening to lunch on the Monday, and all fiddle tuition over the weekend.

We will ask for a £100 deposit when you book your place. The balance will be payable by 31st March 2020. Read our cancellation policy


Ros & kirstie playing fiddle in the hall at Kilcreggan