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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A graceful visitor in majestic Loch Fyne

Majestic Fred Olsen cruise ship ‘Boudicca’ made a welcome return to Loch Fyne, Argyll on the morning of May 9, 2017.

After a quick turnaround at Inveraray, it was back down the 40-mile-long sea loch to Tarbert, where the ship lay at anchor and passengers disembarked.

Here she is filmed from the Dalchenna shore just after 7.30am, cruising in calm conditions between St Catherines on one side and the Argyll Caravan Park on the other.


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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.

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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Tarbert gears up for Scottish Series


THE Scottish Series, Scotland’s premier sailing event, arrives in Tarbert over the weekend of May 27 – 30, and there will be a variety of races on Loch Fyne to suit different yachts and sailing enthusiasts.

And there is plenty of entertainment in the village for racers and spectators alike.

A great weekend is in prospect.

Full story in the May 27, 2016 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Loch Fyne food fest sets taste buds tingling

Fyne food festival

Food, crafts, music and mud proved the perfect ingredients for the 25th Loch Fyne food fair.

Despite heavy rain on the Saturday and Sunday turning the car park field into a quagmire, crowds packed the event to sample foods ranging from simple staples to exotic specialities.

For more photos from the event see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 22 2015, also available online.

Road show targets biker safety

biker safety

How to remove a helmet from an injured motorcyclist was just one thing people learned at unique event at  Loch Fyne on Sunday, April 12.

Bike Fyne was the first event of its kind in Argyll and Bute with the express aim of  cutting accidents and deaths on the A83 trunk road.

Read more about the safety day and see more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015. Also available online.

Parts of Ardrishaig mini railway sought

Ardrishaig mini railway

Lochgilphead man Bryan Passey is on a quest to find the parts of a miniature railway line which was once popular with children in Ardrishaig.

Originally run by a team of volunteers on the shores of Loch Fyne in the 1980s and 1990s, it was gifted to Campbeltown around 10 years ago.

To find out more see the Aryllshire Advertiser, February 20 2015, also available as a digital edition.

Bridge across Loch Fyne suggestion at Argyll population summit

Argyll and Bute economic summit 2014

One of  the most radical suggestions at the population summit was a proposal to build a new road between Lochgilphead and Dunoon.

Alex Paterson, chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said he was determined to support the county’s businesses and at last week’s economic summit, put forward a number of proposals to achieve these aims.

He told delegates that east to west travel is currently difficult in Argyll and Bute and was hampering the economy.

Mr Paterson suggested

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The Vikings are coming!

viking longship loch fyne festival

The countdown is on for the first ever Loch Fyne Viking Festival with the imminent completion of Mid Argyll’s first Viking longship.

Read more about the festival and the events planned in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 25, 2014 – also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

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