Today’s travel updates

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
[Update 09.00] Weather. Roads.  Ferries. Information sources.

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

Still no news of Jamie Taggart in North Vietnam: MSP’s intervention gets some Diplomatic Service action

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
taggart It is almost ten months since Cove 's Jamie Taggart, was last seen, in a remote mountainous region of North Vietnam, near Lào Cai

Pirates lead braving of gales in £3,500 support for Tobermory Lifeboat Day

Monday, August 18th, 2014
_MG_4540 copy Hundreds of locals and visitors braved winds of up to Force 8 to support Tobermory’s annual Lifeboat Day – and raised more than £3500

Stramash lay on activities for fun day out at Inverawe Country Park

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
e9afc0f5-7bf8-4678-a18e-03c77237f84e The success of last year’s event has encouraged Argyll's outdoor adventure and outdoor nursery specialist, Stramash, to do it again -

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.

Police Scotland Lochgilphead: Police reports for week to 26th August 2014

August 26th, 2014
Damage to vehicle Between 5.35am and 4.30pm on 20 August damage was caused to a Vauxhall Astra motor car parked on Lochnell Street

Mario Draghi and Carwyn Jones point to financial policy and currency issues

August 26th, 2014
With the French economy flatlining for the past two years, with the country today facing its second dissolution

BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit

August 25th, 2014
[Updated below 26th August] The BBC has had the last debate between the campaigns contesting the Referendum on Scottish Independence, between

Airprox Board report reveals ‘potentially disastrous’ near miss off Gigha

August 25th, 2014
A report from the United Kingdom Airprox Board has described as 'potentially disaster' a near miss on

Oban lifeboat on shout to another grounded yacht

August 24th, 2014
Oban Lifeboat was tasked at 11:34am today, Sunday 24th August, by Stornoway Coastguard - to assist a yacht

19th September and after

August 24th, 2014
Alex Bell, Alex Salmond's  former Head of Policy, has recently said that the SNP's planned response if it lost

Ardfern’s Galley of Lorne Inn offers late summer deal

August 23rd, 2014
The popular Galley of Lorne Inn at Ardfern, with its unforgettable views onto Loch Craignish has just offered a late

Conservative candidate for Ward 5 by-election first to be declared

August 23rd, 2014
Following the shockingly sudden loss of the dynamo that was John MacGregor, the Independent candidate

New award series shortlists CalMac for 2014 Business of the Year

August 23rd, 2014
New kid on the awards junket block, Scottish Business Honours, has short listed west coast ferry operator. Caledonian

Differences on early imposition of new and contradictory planning controls on hill tracks

August 23rd, 2014
The Scottish Government has announced the introduction of new planning controls to require advance notification