Today’s travel updates

Monday, November 24th, 2014
[Update 00.45] Weather. Roads.  Ferries. Information sources.

HMS Argyll in high-speed night time chase for third cocaine bust in the Caribbean

Monday, November 24th, 2014
CN Ops 13 Nov 14 The UK Warship, HMS Argyll, has seized over 850 Kg of cocaine with a wholesale value in the UK of £36 million. The Type 23 Frigate

Scale Model to ‘anchor’ at Loch Katrine, bringing £1,000 donation to Helensburgh RNLI

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Model SSWS copy A handcrafted model of the historic steamship which plies Loch Katrine, in the Trossachs and literally above Loch Lomond, has been gifted

Perfect fit in new partnership marketing initiative for Cowal’s Creggans Inn

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
IMAG1924 copy An imaginative marketing partnership has been brokered between Cowal's famous Creggans Inn at Strachur

RIP Hamish of the Trossachs Woollen Mill

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
SONY DSC The autumnal hue of Hamish, the second oldest bull in the world and the star at the roadside Trossachs Woollen Mill

Martin Briscoe: the Skipness bombing range

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
15788147736_383617ae45_z A recent article about Skipness got me thinking about the Bombing Range arrow and quadrant tower there.

Helensburgh’s Hill House raising last phase of funding to keep Mackintosh treasures

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Armchair in The Drawing Room, C.R.M. With the recovery work from the devastating fire At Glasgow School of Art very much the topic of the moment, two stunning pieces of furniture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the National Trust for Scotland’s Hill House

Leading filmmaker from Mull backs bid to transform derelict bothy into wilderness base

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Gordon_Buchanan A leading wildlife filmmaker is backing a bid by Trees for Life to transform an iconic but derelict mountain bothy into

Major leap for Dunans Bridge Bicentenary Restoration

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
old-n-recent copy Today sees the launch of an IndieGogo Crowdfund Campaign to accelerate the restoration of  the A-­listed, Thomas­ Telford­

Motorsport: Kintyre’s MACH 1 Stages Rally 2015 date released

Monday, November 17th, 2014
IMG_6171-copy Following the success of last year’s inaugural MACH 1 Stages Rally at Machrihanish Air Base in Kintyre, the event’s organisers have announced new and exciting plans

‘And how much would this have cost an independent Scotland?’

November 24th, 2014
For Argyll was in the midst of preparing an article on this subject when a quick-witted business figure emailed us

Jackie Baillie responds to report on Vale Of Leven Hospital Inquiry

November 24th, 2014
The report from the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry  has, at last, been published [here] at 2pm this afternoon.

Welcome initiative from Smith Commission on votes for 16 and 17 year olds

November 24th, 2014
The Smith Commission is reported to be minded to recommend retaining the vote for 16 and 17 year olds, following

Public consultation for Tarbert on pedestrian facilities for A83 through the town

November 24th, 2014
Residents and businesses in Tarbert are being asked to contribute to a public consultation on proposals

As he moves to Cabinet, former Transport Minister tells McGrigor options for the A83 ‘will be kept under review’

November 24th, 2014
The outgoing Scottish Transport Minister, Keith Brown - recently promoted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to Cabinet Secretary

Support for 7 west coast local economies in Local Management Agreements with Crown Estate

November 24th, 2014
Tarbert on the Isle of Harris is the latest community to work with The Crown Estate to develop marine tourism facilities

Campbell Cameron: come to the Grassroots Skipinnish launch party & ceilidh

November 23rd, 2014
The idea of a grassroots cafe came out of the Referendum campaign where many of us thought

Gigha community ownership on brink of failure

November 23rd, 2014
For Argyll warned some time ago - during the work of the Land Reform Review Group and during the rampant politicisation

ARRAN’s COAST wins Nature of Scotland Marine Conservation Award – and takes opportunity to pressure government

November 23rd, 2014
Recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust [COAST]

Gordon Brown to stand down from Westminster at General Election

November 22nd, 2014
Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Labour's Gordon Brown, is to stand down as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

SAMS launches Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea

November 22nd, 2014
On 20th November 2014, the Scottish Association for Marine Science [SAMS] at Dunstaffnage near Oban, launched a new research centre

Scotland rugby team on song

November 22nd, 2014
With a virtually unchallenged 37-12 win against Tonga this afternoon at Kilmarnock, Scotland expunged the memory

Open minded new Transport Minister offers hope to Coastguard SOS campaign

November 22nd, 2014
After beating their heads and laying their evidence out before a series of uninterested short-stay Shipping Ministers,

Hazard warning lights on A83 for Rest and Be Thankful

November 22nd, 2014
With prolonged rain during the night and more this morning, the Wig-Wag signs are on

Rene Descartes on manoeuvres in Sound of Jura

November 22nd, 2014
The cable layer, Rene Descartes, which has become a familiar sight in waters around Argyll, has been behaving

Welcome for movement on the Oban CHORD project money

November 21st, 2014
Oban is now set to benefit from over £2million of public realm improvements - along Stafford Street and into parts of

Michael Russell’s message to Argyll

November 21st, 2014
No longer in government following today's reshuffle by new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,  Michael Russell, Argyll & Bute's MSP,

With her government team completed, how will Nicola Sturgeon’s set do the job?

November 21st, 2014
Completing her first administration with the announcement of thirteen and a half

Russell gazumps new First Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle announcement

November 21st, 2014
[Updated 12.30 - emerging reshuffle detail and cabinet portfolios.] In advance of new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's imminent announcement of her reshuffled government team,

Question on inconsistent compensation for service disruption highlights strange situation at Argyll Ferries

November 21st, 2014
Jamie McGrigor MSP recently raised the issue of the odd disparity in the disruption compensation offered by CalMac

Young first time voters being surveyed on the experience

November 21st, 2014
16 and 17 year old who were eligible to vote in this year’s referendum on independence and who used their votes

Argyll & Bute planning applications for week to 21st November 2014

November 21st, 2014
Argyll and Bute planning applications

McGrigor asks why Western Isles travellers are missing out on Wemyss Bay-Rothesay disruption discount

November 20th, 2014
In a typically alert question, Highlands and Islands MSP, McGrigor, is asking why his constituents - who will face inconvenience

Latest statistics on Scotland’s terrestrial breeding birds

November 20th, 2014
Scottish Natural Heritage [SNH] has today, 20th November, released the latest figures tracking the abundance

Make your mark on Dunoon Burgh Hall before it closes for renovation

November 19th, 2014
There is a very special - and fun - invitation to everyone interested in being part of the communal send off of Dunoon Burgh Hall

Oban lifeboat on Mull medevac

November 19th, 2014
Shortly before midnight last night, 18th November, Oban RNLI lifeboat carried out a medical evacuation

Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood

November 19th, 2014
An early wrong note from Scotland's new First Minister as her accession is accompanied by a fawning press release from the SNP's

Ferry schedule for Ullapool during harbour upgrade works with enhanced services to come

November 19th, 2014
Ferry operator CalMac has published details of its services from Stornoway during the period when the Ullapool linkspan will be closed to vehicle traffic

Retiral at the first fence – Salmond will not challenge Danny Alexander

November 19th, 2014
Former First Minister, Alex Salmond, let it be made known - for a week or so with no denial - that he was considering standing against

Sunart Community Hydro for Strontian close to realising funding target

November 18th, 2014
Sunart Community Hydro, which launched its share offer in October, intends to create a community-run hydroelectric scheme