Mountain mystery in a Jura bottle

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Beach cleaners on the shores of Loch Fyne turned up a message from two mysterious mountain-dwellers.

Hidden among the usual debris of industrial plastic, old bits of rope, polystyrene and plastic bottles was a glass bottle. And no ordinary glass bottle – this was a malt whisky bottle, corked, and with two pieces of paper inside.

The small pieces of notebook paper carried messages from two boys, Angus and Rory, who said they ‘live on the mountains’. The notes are dated January 22, 2017, and it was on this precise date two years later that beach cleaning volunteer Hazel Gray found the bottle near Furnace.

Hazel takes up the story: ‘I found the letters in a 10-year-old corked Jura whisky bottle. They were sadly water damaged but clearly written by two little boys, Angus and Rory, two years ago, in 2017.

In his message, (then) seven-year-old Rory said: ‘I like going on adventures on the mountains. I like playing on my X-Box and my favourite game is Star Wars.’

Do you know Rory, who will now be nine, and Angus, who by this time will be six?

Hazel said: ‘It would be good to let them know their letters arrived safely on shore.’

If you can help track down the boys and their family, contact the Argyllshire Advertiser by email on or call 01546 602345. Alternatively, you can send a direct message via the Argyllshire Advertiser Facebook page.

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