Palnackie World Flounder Tramping Championship

Where: Palnackie, Dumfries & Galloway in the water off the Glen Isle Peninsula
When: Formerly Last Saturday in July now late August/early September (but not every year!)
Time: At Low Tide.


The Flounder is a flat fish inhabiting the waters of the Solway Firth and Trampers attempt to catch it by walking barefoot in the water – the technique involves standing on the fish then pulling it from the depths by hand. Prizes are awarded for the best specimens caught and two- to three-hundred Trampers take part each time. The art is an ancient one and the competition dates from the early 1970s.

Helpful Hints

The event was cancelled for health and safety reasons in 2013 but returned in 2014, though the date had shifted to August/September (from July). In  2015 it was on Saturday 5th September – in 2016 it took a rest and in 2017 I can find no evidence that it’s taking place. If you know any different please get in touch!

Palnackie is a small settlement in the parish of Buittle near Castle Douglas.

Click here for the local pub’s Facebook page which has details of the event: