Argyllshire Advertiser leader column – June 4, 2021

Kilmartin Glen.Rock art carving representing a deer. Dunchraigaig Cairn. Kilmartin Glen

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Much-needed attention

Few would disagree with the Councillor John Armour’s view that the transformation is ‘incredible’ in Campbeltown.

There is not so much cash in the pot for Lochgilphead, but we have an experienced CARS officer in James Lafferty who knows what he’s doing.

The trick is to maximise every opportunity, and we would encourage town centre property owners to engage with the spirit of the regeneration scheme and together help lift the town.

We have said it many times before but with the front green scheme, Colchester Square/Argyll Street improvements, the CARS scheme and other initiatives around the area, this is a time when Lochgilphead is the focus for much-needed investment.

As the centre of local government, it is a shame it has been neglected over the years – but at least there is some ambition now for the town.

Redrawing prehistory

We’ve always known Kilmartin Glen was a special place.

Far from the isolated spot it seems today, in the past it was a centre – a place of importance for all kinds of reasons.

The discovery of animal carvings – the first of their kind in the UK – might suggest that people travelled here from far-flung places, taking their culture with them.

And it strengthens the case for the glen to be classified as a world heritage site.

Just in time for Kilmartin Museum to reopen in a couple of years time.