On the evening of Friday 5 August at 7.45pm the tall ship La Malouine will be landing the contraband at Ballantrae Harbour.
After it has been transferred to small boats and landed on the beach, it will be loaded onto horses and carts before being spirited away through the village for onward transportation inland.
But organisers have heard a rumour that the Excisemen (Customs Officers) have been tipped off. They may try to disrupt plans when the contraband reaches Craigiemains!
If the weather conditions are favourable, you should be able to see her as she makes her way up and down the coast during the first week in August, delivering contraband and trying to evade the Revenue Cutters!
On the following evening - Saturday 6 August - at 6.30pm teams of two from the village and surrounding communities will compete to win the Ballantrae Smugglers “Strongman Challenge” in the Recreation Ground. There will be a children’s competition and an adult competition. Entry £5 for children’s teams and £10 for adult teams. Cash prizes of £20 and £50 respectively.
On Saturday 13 August at 7.30pm there will be a Smugglers’ Supper in the King’s Arms, Ballantrae. Tickets for a 3 course supper and entertainment are available from the King’s Arms (01465 831202) price £12.50.
Sunday 14 August is the day of “The Ballantrae Smugglers’ Chase” at 2pm in Ballantrae Bay with crews of smugglers in skiffs from the surrounding area and further afield competing for the locally crafted trophy.
Details of all four events can be found at www.ballantrae.org.uk/smugglers.