Plenty of posies and warm welcome for Argyll’s royal visitor

ON A rearranged trip to the region, The Princess Royal was given a warm welcome in Argyll.

After a planned visit was called off last year due to ill health, the Princess enjoyed a tour on Wednesday May 23 of the Riverside complex, visiting Riverside Rascals Nursery, Mid Argyll Community Pool and the Citizens Advice offices.

Speaking as patron of Citizens Advice Scotland, Her Royal Highness praised the efforts of staff and volunteers in a ‘tricky’

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Winning start for pipe band champions

THE 2016 Grade One champion of champions pipe band, Inveraray and District, made a winning start to the new season with victory at Gourock Games on May 14, 2017.

They were pushed all the way, though, by Scottish Power.

Full story in the May 19, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

And they’re off…

Runners set off from Inveraray Jail for the annual Jail Break hill race on Sunday May 14. The course took runners to the top of Dun Na Cuaiche and back to the finish line at Inveraray Castle.

Read all about the 2017 Inveraray Jail Break in the May 19, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Food, glorious food – and magnificent music

OYSTERS, cupcakes, beer, venison burgers and smoked halibut.

Not a bad start, but there was plenty more than these local delicacies to enjoy at Argyll’s festival of food, music and great craic – set in stunning surroundings.

Read all about the 2017 Loch Fyne Food Fair in the May 19, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

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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No Tarbert Flower Show as interest wilts


NO TARBERT Flower Show will be held this year after just two members of the public turned up to a crunch meeting on the show’s future.

The meeting was called in a last-ditch effort to raise volunteers and committee members – both of which are desperately needed to keep the show alive.

The existing Tarbert Flower and Vegetable Show committee members felt that they could no longer continue, mainly due to a combination advancing years and ill health.

At the public meeting on April 20, while

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Argyll town set for building boom


MAJOR plans for 180 new houses in Inveraray, including 45 affordable homes, have been approved by Argyll and Bute Council – after eight years in the pipeline.

‘We are planning for growth,’ head of planning Angus Gilmour told the last meeting of this council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee on Wednesday April 26: ‘We see Inveraray as a growth point, because of its central location and transport links.’

The report put before councillors stated the Local

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Traffic lights for tourist route ahead of holiday weekend

The A83 Rest and be Thankful

The A83 Rest and be Thankful

TRAFFIC lights will be in place at the Rest and be Thankful as the May bank holiday beckons.

Temporary lights have been installed on a short stretch of the A83 at the Rest to allow teams to inspect the embankment at the edge of the road in safety.

The lights, approximately 500m south of the viewpoint car park on the major Argyll tourist route, will allow specialist contractors to carry out ground investigations in the area of the westbound lane.

Eddie Ross, of trunk road management company BEAR Scotland

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Need for love spells danger for badgers


A WILDLIFE charity has blamed the mild winter and the need to find a mate for a higher than normal number of badger deaths on Argyll roads over recent weeks.

Andy Riches, a trustee of Scottish Badgers, an independent conservation charity, said: ‘The situation with road casualties is very unfortunate.

Thousands of badgers are killed on roads each year. Scottish Badgers keeps records of every road death we are notified of and this information helps with various aspects of our work as well

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Join Stephen’s egg-cellent adventure for sick kids


AN EASTER parade with a difference is all set to leave Lochgilphead for the big city.

And bike enthusiast Stephen McCormick is looking for plenty of locals to join him and his trusty Honda Pan-European 1300 bike on one of the biggest motorbike runs in Scotland – for a cause close to his heart.

The annual Easter Egg Run is held in support of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, a cause which Stephen has been part of for many years.

‘Along with a few pals I’ve been doing the bike ride

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