Sizzling start for Scottish Series

Photo: Marc Turner / CCC

Photo: Marc Turner / CCC

THE heat was on as the 43rd Scottish Series got underway in Tarbert.

Sponsored by Silvers Marine for the third year, the famous regatta on the waters of Loch Fyne started got going in searing temperatures on Friday May 26.

The mercury may have hit 30 degrees in Tarbert, but competition on the water was even hotter.

There was plenty of action in the Silvers Fleet and the Crewsaver Fleet. These results are almost certainly subject to protest as it was very competitive in most classes, no more so than

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Investigation underway after two killed in Kintyre plane crash

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AN INVESTIGATION is underway after two men died in a light aircraft crash in the Kilbrannan Sound, two miles off Skipness in Argyll.

The alarm was raised after the plane failed to arrive at its Carlisle destination on the afternoon of Thursday May 25 after taking off from Oban airport at 11.30am.

The plane was reported missing at 3.45pm and an extensive search of the water launched involving Police Scotland, HM Coastuard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick along with Tarbert and Campbeltown

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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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Political winds turn air a shade of blue in Argyll and Bute

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THE SUN shone on Argyll and Bute for the council election on Thursday May 4 – but it was the Scottish Conservatives and SNP with a rosy glow after the votes were tallied the following day.

Along with the LibDems, each increased their numbers around the council chamber.

After a hard day of counting at Lochgilphead Joint Campus, the final overall make-up of Argyll and Bute Council is now (with numbers in previous council in brackets) SNP: 11 (8), Independents: 10 (18), Scottish Conservatives

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Give ticks a flea in their ear

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VETS had the dog and cat owners scratching their heads at a talk on parasites.

Nothing to do with the quality of presentation led by Lochgilphead vet Justine Armstrong of Dalriada Veterinary Practice – but all to do with the subject matter of fleas.

Plenty of tips were offered on how to deal with external parasite such as fleas and ticks, as well as internal nasties like tapeworm and roundworms.

Read the full story in the May 5, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Quiet start to polling day in Mid Argyll

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A QUICK tour round some Mid Argyll polling stations suggests a quiet start to voting in the 2017 council elections on Thursday May 4.

Not a single rosette-sporting party supporter or candidate was seen near the sun-drenched polling stations visited by the Argyllshire Advertiser on the morning of polling day – and very few voters – but there is still time before polls close at 10pm.

Counting will start at breakfast time on Friday May 5, with results available on this website as they

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