Today’s travel updates

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
[Update 00.01] Weather. Roads.  Ferries. Information sources.

Campbeltown Picture House planning for spectacular return

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
TPH with signage Amongst its magnificently consistent built heritage, with 150 listed buildings, Campbeltown's A-listed Picture House

New award for MotoScotland – a model for specialist activity tourism

Monday, September 1st, 2014
SONY DSC Inveraray-based MotoScotland is Scotland’s first and only specialist off-road motorbike training centre, offering all-in-training, skills development - and

Final day of Cowal Games sees Inveraray take Grade 1 Pipe Band contest and world’s biggest Highland dancing contest

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
DSC_0859 copy Thousands of people from across the world gathered in Dunoon yesterday for the final day of the spectacular 2014 Cowal Highland Gathering.

Oban lifeboat on a shout to yet another grounding

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
3-J M Briscoe08_08_201414_47_35EOS 6D00004606 copy At 14:37 today, 30th August, Oban Lifeboat was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to assist a sailing ship  - the Flying Dutchman - which had gone aground

2014 Cowal Highland Gathering opened to sun and spectacular Highland dancing

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
DSC_0137 copy Today, 20th August, is the last chance to take advantage of the spectacular programme of the 2014 Cowal Games.  On Thursday, with no fewer than 361 dancers competing

Ardbeg space comms: ‘Ground control to major dram, Supernova on the way’

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Ardbeg's Dr Bill Lumsden toasts the space experiment copy You have to laugh out loud at the insouciance and sheer fun of Islay's Ardbeg distilllery's latest press release from Weber Shandwick.

Local funding sees 50 year old Lochaline Village Hall in spick fettle

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Calum Finnigan, committee member and also a Scottish Sea Farms employee, helps with the painting of Lochaline Village Hall Lochaline Village Hall was built 50 years ago on land gifted to the Community of Morvern by the local Ardtornish Estate.

Auld acquaintances of Scottish art discovered at Glasgow’s Leiper Gallery

Monday, August 25th, 2014
IMG_6720 When Ewan Kennedy, then a practising Glasgow lawyer, bought 117 West George Street in 2003 he knew that he was buying

The Auld Acquaintance – Leiper Gallery exhibition of independence cartoons

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Steve Bright (Brighty) This is a totally winning event. Whatever side you're on, they both take pelters. Lovers of cartoons, caricatures and politics are in for an absolute treat

Wrong issue highlighted as ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ indy campaigns use new North Sea projections to validate their positions

September 2nd, 2014
Professor Alexander Kemp and Linda Stephen are arguably the most authoritative academic experts on the North Sea

#indyref: 36 questions which helped me decide which way to vote

September 2nd, 2014
If you are havering over which way to vote, or if you've decided but want to reassure yourself you are voting the right way,

Police Scotland Lochgilphead: police reports for week to 2nd September

September 2nd, 2014
Attempted Break-in Between 6.00pm on Monday 25th August and 8.30am on Tuesday 26th August, an attempt was made to break in

2014 Clachan Smallholders’ Gathering

September 1st, 2014
Nestling below Loup Hill, the site of the last battle fought in Kintyre - on 16th May 1689,

Concern in Lochaber and Fort William on fate of successful marketing brand

September 1st, 2014
Interests in Lochaber and Fort William have expressed concern on

Cybernats savage Paul MacCartney for ‘Let’s stay together’ plea

August 31st, 2014
[Photo update below] Given the way things are here, it was inevitable. Like JK Rowling before him, the Cybernats and IndyTrolls have lit upon

On nationalism

August 31st, 2014
Whatever else it is, nationalism is about belonging.

Lively arts focus for BBC ALBA’s programme for second week in September

August 31st, 2014
The heart of Gaelic television channel, BBC ALBA's programming for 6th to 12th September is a lively cluster

Highland Archaeology Festival 27th September to 12th October

August 31st, 2014
The annual Highland Archaeology Festival was established to celebrates archaeology and heritage

Sunday Times commissioned study on indy setup costs

August 31st, 2014
The Sunday Times commissioned an independent and politically neutral study of the likely setup costs for an independent Scotland

Issues of judgment in pro-union television advertisements and in those licensed to sign them off

August 30th, 2014
Two feeble pro-union television advertisements have done the pro-union campaign no favours, with the worst the recent insulting presentation

Councillors Breslin and Marshall at Cowal Gathering to champion Revive The Clyde campaign

August 30th, 2014
Revive the Clyde is a campaign to encourage the Scottish Government to manage the Firth of Clyde marine environment and its fishery

Scottish National Party selects candidate for by-election in Oban North and Lorn

August 30th, 2014
With candidates already selected by the Conservative and Labour parties for the by-election in Ward 5, Oban North and Lorn,

Thuggish Yes campaign benefits from media’s artificial ‘balance’ as Murphy forced to suspend campaign tour

August 29th, 2014
The national media, whether by intimidation or endemic fearfulness, has presented a dangerously distorted view of the campaigns

Dalmally Grow Wild Community Orchard hosts Beechgrove Garden

August 29th, 2014
This week, the Glenorchy & Innishail Community Orchard near Dalmally played host to the ever-popular BBC2 gardening programme,

Scottish Government Reporter rejects wind farm scheme on widely applicable grounds

August 29th, 2014
Michael Cunliffe, a Scottish Government Reporter at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals, a few days ago

Argyll and Bute planning applications for week to 29th August 2014

August 29th, 2014
Argyll & Bute planning applications

Indyref postal votes put up on ebay

August 29th, 2014
But forget it if you think Colin and Chris Weir can step in, buy up a shedload of them and vote them for independence.

Wildlife photographer, Doug Allan, to give keynote speech at SAMS 2014 graduation

August 28th, 2014
The celebrated wildlife photographer and documentary cameraman, Doug Allan, will give the keynote address

Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy

August 28th, 2014
Labour's former Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy MP, was hit very messily on his back by eggs during

Biggest fringe programme in 122 years announced for 2014 Royal National Mod

August 28th, 2014
Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail [the Royal National Mòd], Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, has announced

Solar Dyeing Workshop at Kilmartin

August 28th, 2014
Get to Kilmartin Museum on Sunday 26th October and you can learn about this astonishing technique

Have state guardians been consulted on contraceptive administration to minors?

August 28th, 2014
The Scottish Government's unconsulted decision to appoint state Guardians for every Scottish child from birth to

Cameron to address Scottish CBI as Tory MP quits for UKIP

August 28th, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron should have learned long ago that he is not the man to speak to Scotland about the Union.

BBC Scotland news suggests RBS has signed pro-indy letter

August 28th, 2014
During  its news coverage at 12.30 today, 28th August, of the letter published today by 200 business leaders supporting

Wingin’ it at the Victory Hall

August 27th, 2014
Wingin' It..... 'descriptive - as if no rehearsal had taken place - by the skin of the teeth.'

Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy

August 27th, 2014
[Updated below 23.55 27th August] Without the Bank of England as lender of last resort, whatever the banks did in an independent Scotland - stay or go -

Greenock Telegraph persists with FoI to reveal cost to Calmac of repairing crashed Coruisk

August 26th, 2014
At the end of its pilot winter service over 2013-14, supposedly to supplement the Argyll Ferries passenger fleet

Sturgeon hits the floating voter in a Q&A session to Shetland on MV Hrossey

August 26th, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon is hitting floating voters in the Independence Referendum in a Question & Answer session this evening,

Council and local community landowners in one day conference in Stornoway

August 26th, 2014
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Western Isles Council, is a long-time supporter of land reform and community land ownership.