Police probe bonfire as spark for forest blaze

An Argyll village had a close shave as a major fire raged in the hills nearby – and police believe it may have started with a garden bonfire.

The fire broke out above the Loch Fyne-side village of Furnace on Saturday May 6 on the slopes of Dun Leacainn, which dominates the local landscape.

By 3.30pm it was spreading west and north through more than 60 acres of forested land towards the A83 trunk road, which was closed by the police for a

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Tasty competition for Mid Argyll rural ladies

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A DAY of keen competition for Mid Argyll SWI institutes was accompanied by some delicious home baking, served up by some cheery volunteers.

Read the full story in the March 10, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Inveraray basks as thousands flock to games


THEY came out in their thousands to enjoy the spectacle of Inveraray Highland Games.

The promise of a hot, dry day pulled in visitors from far and wide on Tuesday July 19 – and the entertainment has not disappointed.

Much more in the July 22, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Big time wrestling heading for Tarbert


‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey. Pic: @mrdavidjwilson

AN ACTION-packed evening is guaranteed when big time wrestling comes to Tarbert.

Tickets are selling fast, and organisers have scored a major coup as ‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey adds his name to the ‘Road to Battlezone’ card at Tarbert Village Hall in October.

Organiser Lesley Norris said: ‘If you watch or have ever watched wrestling, whether you are nine or 90, you won’t want to miss this.’

Read the full story in the July 8, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Armed Forces Day parade shines in Lochgilphead


VETERANS, serving personnel, cadets and many others connected to the armed forces in Argyll gathered in Lochgilphead on Saturday June 18.

As the sun shone, the crowds celebrated Armed Forces Day 2016 on the town’s front green, with plenty of attractions for all the family.

Read the full story in the June 24, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Sun suits golfers to a tee


Tarbert Golf Club

THERE was action galore as the sun shone on the region’s golf courses in the last week.

At Lochgilphead Golf Club, the gents teed off the latest competitions at with a team scramble.

Held on Saturday May 28, it was a well attended event with lots of friendly banter. The winning team was captained by Ryan McGlynn, who had Keith ‘Awesome’ Cowan and assistant match secretary, Colin Penman, on hand to romp home as easy winners with a nett 52.6.

The ladies also took to the course the same day to

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West coast memories – then and now


IN THE second photograph to feature in the Argyllshire Advertiser’s new column entitled ‘West Coast Memories’, a coastal town takes centre stage.

But where is it?

Don’t miss the latest instalment of West Coast Memories in the June 3, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Londis bags boost bus fund


A DRIVE to raise funds for a community minibus has received a cash boost from the owners of Inveraray’s Londis store.

Full story in the June 3, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

First day’s action from the Scottish Series

Miss Behavin : A Lennox, G Simpson, HSC, Sigma 33. Photo: Marc Turner/CCC

THE 42nd Silvers Marine Scottish Series got underway, with Tarbert as its base, on Friday May 27, with over 110 boats taking to Loch Fyne to battle it out over four days of fierce competition. At the end of day one, it was Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore in Eala of Rhu who topped the IRC Class 1 table.

IRC Class 1 is one of the most competitive classes in the regatta and the class didn’t disappoint with some very tight racing across the day.  But it was a great start for Silvers Marine Scottish

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You’d be quackers to miss it


ORGANISED by Inveraray branch of the British Legion, 500 ducks are set to be released into the River Aray at 1pm on Saturday May 28, with kind permission of Argyll Estates.

But conservationists needn’t get their feathers ruffled – they are artificial ducks.

The competition, though, is real.

In aid of legion funds, you can enter for £1 per duck, with a chance of winning cash prizes.

Entry sheets available in various shops in town and the Argyll Caravan Park – or contact Ian

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