Park trainees show MSP the plan

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Loch Lomond

On the shores of Loch Lubnaig, a cabinet MSP met with new trainees at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to learn about the park authority’s five-year plan.

Cabinet secretary for the environment, climate change and land reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP visited Loch Lomond to learn about some of the priority projects in the proposed new National Park Partnership Plan 2018-2023.

The plan sets out a broad-ranging vision for how the park authority, along with its partners, propose to tackle priorities including youth employment, climate change, outdoor recreation, health and wellbeing and investment in towns and villages.

The politician’s visit marks the end of the three month consultation inviting the public to have their say on the five year plan. Its aim is to widen the social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Kintyre

New recruits wanted for Tarbert coastguard crew

Tarbert Coastguard Rescue Team are looking for some hardy volunteers to join their ranks. The team are looking to recruit people from the Tarbert area who are up for a new challenge.

Volunteers need to be 18 years old or over, hold a UK driving licence and be able to pass a basic medical. Experience is not necessary as all prospective team members will be given all training required, but a passion for the outdoors and the coast is a must.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable life skills and transferable experience while having fun, meeting new people and keeping our community safe all at the same time. If you would like to apply or want more information about what we do, please e mail:  david.graham@mcga.gov.uk.

And remember, for a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Islay

Island distilleries continue to thrive

Whisky tourism on Islay has enjoyed another boom year with more visitors than ever before making the pilgrimage to distilleries across Scotland.

According to new figures released by Diageo last week, the company’s two distilleries on Islay have seen a dramatic increase in visitor numbers in the last few years.

In the last year alone, the number of visitors to Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries have increased 20 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.

Looking at the bigger picture, visitor numbers have increased by 10,000 at Caol Ila and more than 18,000 at Lagavulin in the last 10 years.

Leigh Aitken, visitor centre manager at Lagavulin and Caol Ila distilleries on Islay, said: ‘It’s been another great year for tourism on Islay generally and we are delighted to have played a part in that with both our distilleries having record-breaking years.

‘Whisky tourism continues to grow in popularity and Islay is the most famous whisky island in the world. We had a particularly good year last year because it was the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin and our celebrations for that were a real magnet for visitors to the distillery.’

Inveraray

Charity hosts sale for Gambia

A MID Argyll charity aimed at providing first aid equipment and support to communities in Gambia is holding a car boot sale this weekend raise funds.

The sale, hosted by First Aid 4 Gambia, will take place at the entrance to Inveraray Castle, near the Winterton playing field on Sunday July 23 between 11am and 3pm.

Stallholders need to bring their own table and be setup for 10am. The cost is £10 a pitch but entry is free for the public.