Today’s travel updates

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
[1st February 2015: 00.01] Weather. Roads.  Ferries. Information sources.

Campbell Cameron: Skerryvore Decade anniversary concert for Oban

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
wp_20150130_22_57_17_pro copy Celebrating 10 years of success, live gigs and music, internationally acclaimed Tiree band Skerryvore have announced they’ll mark

Scottish Secretary welcomes Coastal Communities grant to Campbeltown Picture House

Friday, January 30th, 2015
IMG_8789 This week has seen the futures of coastal towns and villages across Scotland boosted from £9.58m

Hebridean sightings leap for harbour porpoises but dive for basking sharks

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
(small) Sailing by St Kilda- Kerry Froud HWDT Harbour porpoise sightings off Scotland’s west coast increased by 25% in 2014 compared to the previous year;

Local Trust delighted at Coastal Communities grant for Cowal Way

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
http://i0.wp.com/cowalway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cairn.l.West_.jpg?resize=402%2C302 Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust (CGDT) has just received the welcome news that its funding application

Robert Kroeger finds truth in The Secrets of Islay

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Author photo copy Robert Kroeger's latest book, The Secrets of Islay, appears to have answered the ultimate philosophical question,

5 Argyll communities shortlisted in Vodafone’s National Rural Not Spot 3G mobile coverage

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
image001-11 copy Five of Argyll's rural communities have just been named as amongst the 100 rural communities across the UK to be shortlisted

Help SNH develop future management plan for spectacular Taynish National Nature Reserve

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
IMG_2597 copy The Taynish National Nature Reserve Team will be hosting a Consultation Event on 6th February 2015 at Tayvallich Village Hall and a Guided Walk

Council Planning Committee meeting on 21st January promises to be lively – as 2 MSPs call for postponement

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Michael Russell and Stuart McMillan copy The Ministry of Defence's planning application to build a Nuclear Support Hub at Faslane on the Gare Loch

Wandering Star – a well travelled Common Skate

Monday, January 19th, 2015
compfish copy big The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) has seen some amazing results during its 6 years off tagging sharks.

Local business support as Arran Community Land Initiative goes crowdfunding for farmland project

January 31st, 2015
Arran Community Land Initiative, a registered charity on the Isle of Arran, has just launched a crowdfunding campaign

Tayvallich Burns Supper

January 31st, 2015
February 7th  at 6.30-for-7.00pm at Tayvallich Village Hall is the scene

8,747 sign petition for acceptance of SCCDC’s Castle Toward offer – as move to call special meeting of council accelerates

January 31st, 2015
As of this morning, 31st January, 8,747 have signed a petition for Argyll and Bute Council to accept

Another medevac for Oban lifeboat last night

January 30th, 2015
The Oban RNLI Lifeboat, Mora Edith MacDonald, was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard last night,

Argyll & Bute planning applications for week to 30th January 2015

January 30th, 2015
Argyll & Bute planning applications for week

Salmond cuts loose again – Sturgeon nowhere in his Buzzfeed vision of the future

January 30th, 2015
The ego has landed again, carelessly delivering  yet more collateral damage to Scotland's new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's

Castle Toward deadline: council chipping away to the very last

January 30th, 2015
[Updated below] Generosity of spirit - or even the will to form constructive relations with the communities it exists to serve - seems to be beyond

Galbraith in Dunoon tomorrow with petition for local ante-natal scanning

January 30th, 2015
The absence of local ante-natal scanning remains high on the agenda right across Argyll & Bute.

Convenor of South Cowal Community Council puts last ditch case to all councillors

January 30th, 2015
With the deadline of today for the Castle Toward community buy out negotiations - unless it is extended, the community company

Requests to Council Leader for action – now – on new community company offer for Castle Toward

January 30th, 2015
This morning, 30th January, following the South Cowal Community Development Company's [SCCDC] new offer

Campbell Cameron: Bunkered in the snow

January 30th, 2015
Spoke too soon re the snow having gone last night. Just as the daily dream concluded at 5pm the white stuff

Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development

January 29th, 2015
It would seem that once-bitten is more twice-bitten than twice shy in Oban.

Ed Miliband does Alan Reid the ultimate favour – cripples the Labour candidate for Argyll & Bute

January 29th, 2015
Ed Miliband, speaking in a visit to Scotland earlier today, 29th January, refused yet again to rule out

University of West of Scotland considering most serious academic devaluation possible

January 29th, 2015
[New material added below] In an action that questions its institutional intelligence, the University of the West of Scotland [UWS] has announced

So what has damaged MV Loch Seaforth been up to?

January 29th, 2015
[Updated below 14.30] Reports from across the water this morning indicate that CMAL's new superferry, MV Loch Seaforth, is in the dock

Area Committee ‘Evening Surgery’ for Oban and Lorn

January 29th, 2015
Argyll and Bute Council's Area Committee for Oban Lorn and the Isles is holding an Evening Surgery [open heart?]

New Scottish Welfare Fund statistics show level of applications from Argyll

January 29th, 2015
628 applications for welfare assistance were made in Argyll & Bute in the last quarter, according to

Planning appeal dismissal finds threat to wild fish from sea lice around salmon farms

January 29th, 2015
The Salmon &Trout Association [Scotland] has welcomed the dismissal of an appeal

And Councillor Dance now resigns from administration over Castle Toward

January 28th, 2015
[29th January - updated below] Helensburgh Councillor, Vivien Dance - who literally stole the show by taking over the lectern during question time

Scottish Labour commits to using Smith powers to ban ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

January 28th, 2015
Shadow Finance Secretary and Local MSP, Jackie Baillie, says that Scottish Labour is committed to use the powers

Communities Secretary on prompt to intervene with revaluation of Castle Toward

January 28th, 2015
We reported earlier today that Communities Secretary, Alex Neil, has asked Argyll & Bute Council

Valentine’s Day discount in Silvers Marine’s second sponsorship of Scottish Series regatta

January 28th, 2015
The Scottish Series Regatta, internationally renowned and traditionally held in Tarbert on Loch Fyne, sees four days

Has Sturgeon ‘red line’ forced MoD evaluation of Pembrokeshire as Trident submarine base?

January 28th, 2015
The Scottish Daily Mail has today run a story that the Ministry of Defence is examining the viability of Milford Haven

Russell secures government intervention in council sale of Castle Toward

January 28th, 2015
Local MSP Michael Russell saw Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice and Communities this morning,

How not to sell oil

January 28th, 2015
A tanker, the United Kalavryta, is today on her way, 28th January 2o15, from the Gulf of Mexico to Gibraltar,

Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry

January 27th, 2015
In a light-hearted burst of serendipity, a Stornoway guesthouse owner , Ali Maclennan, is

BEAR Scotland’s plans for coming snowfalls and low temperatures

January 27th, 2015
BEAR Scotland has been preparing its winter fleet this evening ahead of the forthcoming snowfall expected to start

Breslin gets no confidence motion in Walsh and McQueen on Area Committee agenda

January 27th, 2015
Councillor Michael Breslin has had an emergency motion of no confidence accepted for the agenda

Marine tourism business concerns in Crown Estate devolution

January 27th, 2015
An alert Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands MSP, has raised the concerns of marine tourism businesses

Police Scotland Lochgilphead: police reports for week to 26 January 2015

January 27th, 2015
Careless Driving At 6.20pm on 19th January a two vehicle road accident occurred on the A83 near to Loch Fyne Oysters,