Today’s travel updates

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
24th May 2015: 00.01 Weather. Roads. Ferries. Information sources.

Day 2 round-up: Silver’s Marine Scottish Series 2015

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Scottish Series Day 2 copy After a great second day of sailing, there’s still everything to play for in Silvers Marine Scottish Series.

New destructive action taken by controversial Helensburgh developers at protected Cumberland Avenue site

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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MD of SAMS Research Services invited to join Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
tracy pic copy 2 The Scottish Government has asked a marine scientist based at Oban’s Scottish Association for Marine Science [SAMS]

ARTBEG – Exhibition of 200 years of Islay’s ‘untameable single malt’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Ardbeg Distillery from the pier copy 200 years of Ardbeg whisky are to be celebrated in an exhibition they describe as ' capturing the untamed spirit

QM2 moored off Oban

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
IMG_0713 The cruise ship, Queen Mary 2 left Greenock last night - later than planned, following a celebratory fireworks display.

War and peace at Caol Ruadh 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
FaceWeave-urchin_P1010056_web copy 2015 is the fourth annual exhibition at Scotland's only commercial outdoor sculpture park - at the good-for-the-soul Caol Ruadh Scottish Sculpture Park

Mary’s Meals crosses the one million threshold of children fed daily

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Marita in Malawi copy Mary’s Meals – the Argyll-born global charity which began by feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002 – has, on Wednesday 20th May,  announced that it is now providing one million

Afternoon tea in Wonderland raises money for Nepal

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
IMG_0598 copy The Loch Fyneside village of Furnace, south of Inveraray, hosted an afternoon tea party with Alice in Wonderland

Land Reform Bill: landowners owners keen to grasp ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to prove public benefit they create

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
David Johnstone (2) copy The news came today that the Scottish Government is aiming to put its new Land Reform Bill on the statute book before

First Social Enterprise Summit for the Highlands

May 24th, 2015
More than 200 delegates from three continents will gather in Inverness next month - 10th and 11th June -

The Trident Whistleblower incident

May 24th, 2015
On a bank holiday weekend, everyone has the time to read through the original report that William McNeilly submitted to Wikileaks.

Campbell Cameron: Budapest Cafe Orchestra at Benderloch Victory Hall

May 24th, 2015
With a sell out show last time in Benderoch, the Budapest Cafe Orchestra will  be welcomed back big time

Landowners emphasise track record and commitment to working with communities for public benefit

May 23rd, 2015
Private landowners are ‘wholly committed’ to working with communities to drive forward rural development across Scotland.

Queen Mary 2 now on passage to LIverpool

May 23rd, 2015
The Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 left Oban just before 21.00 last night and is on passage to Liverpool.

Fred Flintstone owns up to stone age politics

May 22nd, 2015
Former Secretary of State of Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, the last Liberal Democrat MP left standing in Scotland,

Jackie Baillie leads debate on inequality in school education

May 22nd, 2015
Local MSP, Jackie Baillie, challenged the SNP Government to take immediate and  strong action to halt rising inequality in education,

SNP to Chair Scottish Affairs and Energy and Climate Change Select Committees

May 22nd, 2015
The Scottish National Party is, as expected, to chair two House of Commons select committees.

Salmond campaigning to be SNP’s representative on Intelligence & Security Committee?

May 22nd, 2015
Media sources have indicated to us that Alex Salmond MP is campaigning to be the SNP representative on the House of Commons

Argyll & Bute planning applications for week to 22nd May 2015

May 22nd, 2015
Argyll and Bute planning applications

Colin Prior FRPS, landscape photographer par excellence, giving illustrated talk in Edinburgh

May 22nd, 2015
There can be no better person to give an illustrated presentation to the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland than the landscape photographer

Charity plant sale and coffee morning at Lochgair

May 22nd, 2015
The Lochgair Association is hosting a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th May - in aid of

Inaugural Great Carradale Canter now open for entries

May 22nd, 2015
Carradale Harbour Enterprises Ltd has announce that the inaugural Great Carradale Canter - 5 K &10 K event -

Salmond off piste already – briefing the media on SNP debate and strategy on defence issues

May 21st, 2015
The SNP just cannot keep Il Magnifico in his box. They sit on the lid and he bursts out

Type 26 contract for BAE has ensured good news for both BAE Clyde yards

May 21st, 2015
BAS Systems have announced that they are to invest on the continuation of both of their shipyards

Campbeltown Picture House gets Heritage Lottery Fund green light to start regeneration project delivery. Now vote to help.

May 21st, 2015
Campbeltown Community Company is excited to be able to report that they have been given the green light

Not getting the government we vote for? Unpack the mantras.

May 21st, 2015
'We don't get the government we vote for' has been the mantra of the SNP in Scotland for the last couple of years.

60 years of Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust records show dramatic and unexpected changes in bird migration

May 21st, 2015
The first results of a major survey of bird migration have revealed dramatic and unexpected changes in the numbers and timing

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service facing huge funding gap

May 21st, 2015
According to official figures released by Audit Scotland [full report linked below], the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is facing a multi-million

Progress of new Asbestos Bill paused to allow talks sought by Insurance industry

May 21st, 2015
Campaigners and politicians behind proposed legislation to make the insurance industry pay back to the NHS

Audit Scotland says Scotland has no consistent approach to tracking pupils’ educational performance

May 21st, 2015
The Scottish Government is failing to track the educational performance of pupils, despite monitoring tools

Fire extinguished on oil vessel at Peterhead this morning

May 20th, 2015
Following a fire  -the cause of which remains unknown, 84 crew members were evacuated from an offshore vessel -

Shell CEO says oil demand will rise to 80 times current North Sea production by 2040

May 20th, 2015
Speaking today, 20th May, at Royal Dutch Shell's AGM at The Hague, Shell's  CEO Ben van Beurden has warned

Initial sectoral response to Scottish government’s consultation paper on wild fishieries reform

May 20th, 2015
The Association of Scottish Fishery Boards [ASFB] and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland [RAFTS] have made their initial response

Gigha ferry now suspended on technical issues

May 19th, 2015
As of just before 18.00 today, Tuesday 19th May, the Tayinloan -Isle of Gigha inshore ferry service

Ground-breaking event for Glasgow tomorrow on radicalisation and child sexual exploitation

May 19th, 2015
roshni, the national charity at the forefront of addressing key issues affecting Scotland’s minority ethnic population, will, for the first time ever, host

Forestry Commission’s Loch Lomond campsite now open for season

May 19th, 2015
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Sallochy campsite on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond has opened

Inverbeg Holiday Park offering free paddleboarding lessons with early bookings

May 19th, 2015
Everyone booking a July holiday at the five-star Inverbeg Holiday Park on the shores of Loch Lomond by

Transport Scotland on corporate ownership of the new Twin Otters

May 18th, 2015
The two new Twin Otter DHC6-400 aircraft bought by the Scottish government from Canada's Vancouver-based Viking

Local IT businesses pitch ‘Argyll can do it’ to local SMP and MP

May 18th, 2015
Last Friday, 15th May, forward thinking local marketing agency, Marketing Argyll, welcomed Argyll and Bute's