Phemie’s surprise birthday visit at soup group

phemie 90 Tarbert soup groupA LIEFLINE group for older people this week helped with a surprise reunion of a Tarbert family, whilst hosting a birthday party for a Dooker marking her 90th year.

Phemie Law was stunned when her daughter and son-in-law travelled all the way from South Africa to Tarbert Soup Group to attend the celebrations.

See the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, November 21 2014, also online at

Tarbert to Portavadie hybrid ferry is ‘dog’s breakfast’

t44lochinvar1noMaritime experts have branded the Scottish Government’s new Tarbert to Portavadie Ferry as costly and ‘a dog’s breakfast’.

Introduced earlier this year, MV Lochinvar is a dual fuel ferry, which runs with 10 to 15 tonnes of battery on board.

Professor Alf Baird of Edinburgh Napier University has criticised the Scottish government for procuring the hybrid ferries.

He said: ‘There are 10 to 15 tonnes of battery on these ferries. For ships designed to carry such small numbers that is a lot of deadweight’.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 31 2014, also available online at

Tarbert harbour £1m revamp revealed

Tarbert harbour improvementsA £1 million redevelopment of Tarbert harbour could be complete by 2016 as the authority outlines plans for state of the art facilities.

Tarbert Harbour Authority has revealed plans for two new buildings at the amenity area: A new office and chandlery shop will be built on the land where the authority’s current offices are situated in a portable building, while the existing washrooms will be demolished and replaced with a modern, larger building.

For more on the plans see the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 10 2014 – also online at

Dave paddles his way to £1,000

Dave mcBride kayak majikA father has raised in excess of £1,000 for a ‘little gym’ in Tarbert after taking part in a mammoth kayaking challenge earlier this summer.

Find out more about Dave McBride’s feat in the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 8 2014. Also on line at

Dookers don their running shoes

tarbert 10kAfter the success of the first Tarbert 10km race dozens of Dookers are donning their running shoes in preparation for this year’s event.

In fact the number of runners in the race and in the Tarbert jogscotland club have doubled in the last 12 months, during which time the race has been named the second best running event in the UK in a running magazine.

To find out more about the event see the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 1 2014. Also available online at

Vikings land in Mid Argyll!

viking festival tarbertMid Argyll’s Viking Festival was a huge success with people of all ages getting involved not only with the rowing of a replic longship but in the spirit of the ‘raids’ on villages around Loch Fyne as well as celebrations and a parade in Tarbert.

See more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, July 4 2014. Also available on line at

Magic kayaker to conjure up funds for Tarbert ‘little gym’

Dave mcBride kayak majikA father is to claim ‘the island’ of Kintyre as his own and raise funds for a community project when he kayaks his way around the peninsula – including dragging his vessel overland in the process.

Dave McBride, of Kayak Majik, will paddle the 100 miles around the Kintyre Peninsula on June 25 to coincide with the start of the first ever Loch Fyne Fest.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, also on line at


The Vikings are coming!

viking longship loch fyne festivalThe 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

Outrage as Whitehouse wind farm decision overturned

freasdail wind farmThe Scottish Government’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial wind farm – originally rejected by Argyll and Bute Council – has left people questioning the democratic process.

Government ministers gave the go-ahead to the proposed Freasdail Wind Farm, near Whitehouse, despite it being rejected by councillors and vehemently opposed by the local community.

To read more about the decision and reaction, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 18 2014, also available on line at

Eight new affordable homes for Tarbert

tarbert harbourPlans to tackle Tarbert’s social housing crisis have taken a step forward as a £1.1 million housing scheme gets the go ahead.

The development will see eight new flats built in the village within the year, but a Tarbert councillor has said more still needs to be done to provide good quality family homes.

Read more about the development and the village’s housing needs in the Argyllshire Advertiser, also available on line at

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