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Cowal

Long distance walk The Cowal Way has received almost £300,000 in grant funding from the latest round of Coastal Communities funding.

The new cash was announced by Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust. The 57-mile long way-marked route from Portavadie to Loch Lomond was one of eight successful applicants in the Highlands and Islands.

The funding will help to retain two full-time direct jobs, provide further infrastructure improvements to the path and help efforts to promote the tourism path and related businesses to a worldwide audience.

Ardfern

It will be no ordinary Sunday market in Ardfern this weekend.

There will, of course, be the usual stalls selling top-notch local produce – but it would be advisable to keep a weather eye open for interlopers.

There are strong rumours a band of pirates may attempt to storm the village. If you want to join the swash-buckling crew, muster at 11.30am at Craignish Village Hall, ready for a mid-day parade to the Galley of Lorne Inn, where the market is taking place.

The Sunday market itself will be open between 11am and 3pm on Sunday August 6.

Tighnabruaich

Shinty players from Lovat visited Tighnabruaich earlier this week as part of a charity cycle.

From Monday July 31 to Thursday August 3, members of Lovat Shinty Club took on a 400-mile cycle with a 16,000 foot climb around all this season’s premiership shinty clubs, including Kyles Athletic.

Proceeds from the marathon challenge will be split between Highland Hospice and Lovat Shinty Club’s new community clubhouse fund.

The first leg on Monday was an epic run from Glasgow to Oban via Tighnabruaich.

After a penalty shoot-out in the rain at Kyles on Monday, the lads headed for Oban and a similar penalty challenge at Mossfield Park. It was then onto Lochaber and all points north.

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The shinty cyclists contemplate the road to Tighnabruaich. no_a31lovatshinty01

Inveraray

Owners of classic cars will descend, or rather ascend, the Rest and be Thankful later this month.

The Cobra Drivers Club will set off on the last Sunday in August for its fifth annual rally from Doune before heading for the Rest via the Duke’s Pass.

After testing their trusty machines in the mountains, it will be down to the shores of Loch Fyne and Inveraray Castle for lunch.

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Gleaming metalwork will gather for a graceful rally at the Rest. a34Cobarally01no