News from the districts – week 21

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After a successful comeback in 2017 from a 13-year sabbatical, the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally will return next month.

The ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is heading to Dunoon for round four of the Scottish Rally Championship. Eight stages, offering 45 miles of competitive driving in the stunning Cowal countryside, are on offer for crews.

Organised by Mull Car Club and backed by Dunoon Presents, the event will see some of the best drivers in Scotland and beyond compete across historic forests tests, many of which have not been used for more than a decade.

The event will get going with a ceremonial start in Dunoon town centre at 8.45am on Saturday June 23.

After an action-packed day in the Cowal forests, crews will return to spray the champagne at around 4pm.


Glenaray and Inveraray Parish Church will hold a Bluebell Tea on Saturday May 26.

Everyone is welcome to go along to the church hall in Inveraray and enjoy a sandwich and cake.

Donations of home baking can be dropped off from 10am.

Isle of Bute

Rothesay-based charity Calum’s Cabin has been shortlisted for Charity of the Year at the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards 2018.

Calum’s Cabin provides a holiday retreat on the Isle of Bute for children suffering from cancer and their families.

The charity was founded in memory of Bute lad Calum Speirs, who died in February 2007 aged just 12.

Within three days of symptoms first being spotted when he was 11, Calum was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. He handled the brutal cancer treatment with courage, dignity and humour and the idea for Calum’s Cabin came from Calum himself.

The SCVO Scottish Charity Awards take place in Edinburgh on Thursday June 14.


Bookings are being taken for next month’s Kilmelford table top sale in the village hall.

The sale is in aid of Kilmelford and Kilninver Village Hall funds and will be held on Sunday June 3 between 11am and 3pm.

Teas, sandwiches and home baking will be available and table bookings (£10 each) can be made at Kilmelford village shop.


Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team was called out to an emergency on Sunday May 20.

The team was alerted at 4.50pm to help two walkers who had become disoriented in poor visibility on Beinn Narnain in the region known as the ‘Arrochar Alps’.

Mountain rescue team members searched the main paths and, after a brief search, found both walkers safe and well and escorted them off the hill.


The team was called out to search for missing walkers. no_a21ArrocharMountainRescue01