Cairndow author at Lochgilphead bookshop

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One of Argyll’s most dynamic social entrepreneurs has drawn on her Cairndow upbringing to write a truly fascinating book – and she will shortly be signing copies in Lochgilphead.

Christina Noble used notes from her father’s journal and estate records, blending these with the recollections of the people of the estate to create Ardkinglas – the biography of a Highland estate.

The book is a tale of the people, places and stories on Ardkinglas Estate since 1905, when Christina’s great grandfather, industrialist Sir Andrew Noble, purchased the 45,000-acre property.

Speaking at the book’s official launch in 2018, she said: ‘Ardkinglas is a place that is very dear to me, and the place and the people have contributed to making me who I am today. It feels like home.’

Christina, though, is never one to dwell too long on the past. In this book she has more than one eye on the future, asking pertinent questions about the potential for land use and communities as Scotland’s looks ahead.

Having been one of the driving forces behind the creation of the ‘Here We Are’ community enterprise at Clachan, Cairndow, she practices what she preaches. Now a store for a wealth of local memory and knowledge, Here We Are – situated beside the Tree Shop – hosts a post office and much more besides. It wasn’t long before Here We Are spawned  Our Power, a community energy business selling dried woodchip and with a stake in the Merk Hydro scheme in Glen Fyne. It is all about helping forge a sustainable future for rural communities.

Saturday February 9 offers the chance to meet and have a chat with the author as she visits the Argyll Book Centre in Lochgilphead for a book signing between 2pm and 3pm.

Refreshments will be available as you come along and have your copy signed.


Christina Noble with a copy of her book. 06_a32ChristinaBook04