Cockleshell Heroes opening ceremony at Dunoon’s Castle House Museum

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The opening ceremony for the Cockleshell Heroes exhibition brings Operation Frankton to the heart of Dunoon’s Castle House Museum.

Considered the most daring of all the operations carried out by the then new Combined Operations – whose development was largely created in Argyll – this was an absolute  David and Goliath raid.

Ten men, paired in five flat-bottomed two-man canoes, launched from a submarine 1(Cachalot) is said to have been damaged as it came through the hatch of the submarine and so its crew did not participate in the operation.

The crews and their cockleshells worked up in Portsmouth Harbour for a raid on the German-occupied and important shipping port of Bordeaux.

Then they came to Argyll , completing their training in the Holy Loch. On 30th November 1942 the six canoes, each named after a fish or mammal  – Crayfish, Cachalot, Catfish, Conger, Cuttlefish and Coalfish – they embarked from the Holy Loch, not inappropriately – in the belly of HMS Tuna.

It took the two canoes which survived an appalling attrition rate on passage, five nights to reach Bordeaux, which they did on the night of 11th/12th December. Paddling by night, hiding the canoes in the reeds of the marsh land of the Gironde and sleeping by day, three of the five canoes were captured and their crews executed.

The two remaining canoes made it to Bordeaux and did what damage they could with the limpet mines they carried. Both crews actually got away after the raid and met up by chance on an island downriver – the Isle de Caseau. They made their way to Blaye de Bordeaux, burned the canoes to destroy evidence of their presence – and split,.

One crew was caught two days later, The other pair eventually made it home. One of them was the expedition leader – who also invented self-steering gear for yachts – the charismatic Major Blondie Hasler and Marine Bill Sparks.

Blondie Hasler lived in Argyll and his younger widow, Bridget, still does. Mrs Hasler is on holiday on 4th August when the opening ceremony takes place and would otherwise have been there. She has been delighted that the museum is hosting this expedition from World War II presentations and has asked to be told all about it when she gets back.

The opening ceremony

This really is a celebration. It runs from 10.30 to 13.30 on Saturday 4th August, featuring a rich variety of music and dance. The actual opening will be around 12.00 noon, with the usual admission arrangements to the museum applying.

  • Gordon Blair with Cowal Fiddle Workshop’s junior fiddlers
  • Craig Campbell and the Dunoon Grammar School Pipe Band – the pied pipers leading the way up the hill to the museum
  • Christina Cairns School of Highland dancing – with an act which has only recently been choreographed for these highland dancers – a weather dance. (Margaret McVicar from the museum told Christina that they did not want a rain dance.)

There will be short speeches, including from Adrian Hunt and David Neil of World War II Presentations who have created the exhibition.

Then there will be a welcome to descendants of the members of this epic raid, with teas, coffees and home baking in the High Kirk, beside the museum. Interestingly, two descendents – of Marine Bill Sparks, one of the two sole survivors if the expedition – are at Dunoon Grammar School. The organisers of the event at Castle House hope they will be there on 4th August.

Morag Smith, Depute Lieutenant for Argyll, will be attending.

There is already an imaginative display by Muriel Rand, with a ‘Dunoon at War’ theme related to the exhibition, in the window of Cowal Highland Gathering’s premises in Hillfoot Street – and it’s been attracting a lot of attention.

The display boards at the Museum will be set up to show photographs of the mother-ship ‘Forth’ and other original pictures taken in the Holy Loch for Ann Galliard’s book about. It is interesting to see where the convoys were held, around the lochs and at the ‘Tail o’ the Bank’ anchorage – before ‘disappearing’ overnight.

This exhibition in a way brings Operation Frankton back home to where it started and allows Dunoon the opportunity to celebrate another part of our national history that bears its fingerprints – and to honour the memory of the eight incredibly courageous men who left the Holy Loch that December evening in 1942 aboard HMS Tuna and never came back.

Some Marathon Events Held in Argyll in September
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Some Marathon Events Held in Argyll in September

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Argyll is great and beautiful place in Scotland. This place and areas around this are so perfect to spend holidays for several days, and even weeks. It is very possible to do some activities. In this September, Argyll has provided some great events for all people coming to Argyll. Those who love to explore the beauty of Argyll while doing exercises and soaked in sweat, they can join some marathons events held in several places in Argyll.

Kyle 100 Miles is one of the event. This event will be held in Secret Coast, Argyll. As its name, this coast has secret hidden and people can find its hidden beauty by joining the marathon or long urn event. This event is open for everyone who wants to join. They only need to register at and they will be able to take part in this great way of enjoying the Secret Coast in Argyll. This is open for veterans and newbies or novices. The track is absolutely great. Various landscape, beach, and woodland can be great things to enjoy and these will make them forget that they are running out of stamina.

Some Marathon Events Held in Argyll in September

Then, there is also Islay Marathon. As its name, this marathon will be held in Islay Island. Hebridean island of Islay is the great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. The marathon itself is famous for its awesome view all along the marathon routes. Participants of this marathon can get chance to enjoy the beautiful view. This will be started at 7.30 in the morning on 9th of September 2018. Its starting point is in Portnahaven and its finish line will be at Ramsay Hall, located in Port Ellen. This will be great experiences. There are also options for participants. If the full marathon may be too much, they can take some parts of the route only, so they do not need to force their body and stamina.

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Info about Tiree Ultramarathon
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Argyll is famous for its great place and panoramic views. There are many places to visit and explore in Argyll for people who love nature. In this September, actually there is also special event that can be chance to enjoy the beauty of Argyll, especially the area of Tiree. Island of Tiree is one of the great spots to explore since it has great beaches and panorama of the sea that is so beautiful to enjoy. People can spend hours and even days to stay in this island to see the beautiful panorama and experiences in this island. there is also clear blue sky to make the view more perfect to see.

People who want to have different way in experiencing special moment in this island can join the Tiree Ultramarathon. As its name, this is not just a common marathon. This marathon is dedicated for people who have great desire to explore this whole island. This is ultramarathon since participants of this marathon will enjoy the moment of running while exploring the whole area of this island. there are route as long as 35 miles. This is great chance to explore the island and get the great health and exercise experience.

The race will not be regular race. There will be great challenges to find in all along the road and rute. This race itself will be started at 8 in the morning and its starting point will be on Sorobaidh Beach. People will get the good starting point since this is also beautiful beach in this island. With this opportunity, participants can enjoy the great track of marathon while enjoying the panorama offered by this island. Of course, this is not just for local people. Participants from many places can join this ultramarathon as long as they have registered first. Surely, this can be great way to enjoy the beauty of Argyll, especially the Tiree Island.

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Mull Local Mod to Attend in This September
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Mull Local Mod to Attend in This September

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For all the lover of art, September can be great moment to visit Argyll and places around this region. There are some great events to attend and these are mostly about art performance. One of them is the Mull Mod. This will be special event held in 7th and 8th of September 2018. There will be many things to see and these will be great event for people who love the traditional arts coming from Argyll and Scotland.

One of the good thing about this event is about the Gaelic language. This language is important for Scottish and the development of tradition in this place, including also Argyll. Most of the ancient literary works are written in Gaelic, so it will be great chances to see many kinds of songs and poetry in Gaelic language.

For these days of event, the Gaelic language will be revived and the event will bring this language to the real world, where people are waiting for to the songs and poetries written in Gaelic. Even, the language is not only performed in those literary works. This language will also be used in regular conversation and this is like special event to celebrate and give special spots for this language. People from many countries can see how the local people speak in Gaelic language and this will be special moment to attend, so it is bad idea to skip this event.

There will also be other events to make sure that Mull Mod will become the best event to anttend in this September. There will be some competitions. The competitions may also be opened for the tourists or visitors of this place. Then, there will also be concerts and ceilidh. Of course, when there is event and it is about traditional event, there will also be stands of foods and meals. It will not be impossible also to find many traditional and local food.

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Information about Kyle 10 Miles in Argyll
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Information about Kyle 10 Miles in Argyll

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Scotland becomes one of the great destinations for holidays. People who love get in touch with the nature can enjoy the beauty of this place. There are many panoramic views to explore and enjoy and Argyll becomes one of the great area to explore. In this case, Scotland and Argyll provide special way to enjoy the beauty of this place. Located on one of the best coast in Argyll, there will be a race. It is not a race of cars or bikes. This will be road run and this can be great way to explore and admire the beauty of Argyll.

The event is called Kyles 10 Miles. This road run will be held on 8th of September 2018 and this will take place on the Secret Coast, Argyll. The route of the road run is interesting for players. There will be different kinds of tracks and routes to explore. Its landscape is perfect to provide different kinds of challenge and experiences in running along the track. Of course, great sceneries are also provided all long the track or route of this running event.

This event will be available for all people. It not necessary to have experiences in running or marathon. Everyone is allowed to join and participate in this event. Whether they are veterans or novices, they are allowed to join as long as they have registered for this event.

They who have ever joined this event keep participating since the tracks and routes are never so boring. The vies are perfect and this can also be good experiences for novices. They may forget their stamina when they see the beautiful view of Clyde and other sceneries. Beaches, woodland, and other landscapes are offered by the route of this road run. There will also be barbeque party after the event. This will be more than enough to refuel the stamina and energy after the long run.

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Some Events of Art and Culture in Argyll and Scotland
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Some Events of Art and Culture in Argyll and Scotland

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Scotland is famous for its art and culture. This place has very rich heritages when it comes to the art and culture. Argyll, as one of the famous place in Scotland, also becomes the famous place to enjoy the beauty of nature and the heritages. Related to this, there will be some special events related to the arts and culture of Scotland in this September 2018. People can join and enjoy the event that will be held and opened for everyone who wants to come and participate.

The first event is Best of the West Festival. Some people may think that its title or name of the event may be a bit excessive. However, it is true that this will be best festival to have in Scotland. This festival will be the biggest boutique festival and there will be many things to enjoy. The festival itself will be held for three days. It is not only for the boutique, since there will also be musical art performances and there are two stages prepared for these performances. Then, there are also some stands of foods and drinks. It is also very possible to find some traditional foods of Argyll and Scotland for This event will be held starting from 7 September up to 9 September 2018.

Then, the second event is Mull Mod. This is also special event. This event is not boutique or musical art festival. This event is great to attend since it is the event where Gaelic language will be brought to life during the whole event. This event will show the songs and poetries written and performed in Gaelic language. People can attend to see the great language. There are also some quizzes and other events. People can also see this language used in daily conversation during the whole event. Surely, this can be great event to attend.

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News about Music Festival Held in Argyll in This September
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News about Music Festival Held in Argyll in This September

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Music has important roles in culture. Music has become entertainment for very long time. Event , in the ancient era, music has taken part in the culture and art. In this case, Scotland, that has great culture, also has great music as part of the traditional art.

In this September, people can get chances to enjoy the great musical performances and events held in Scotland, especially around Argyll. This region has become so famous for its natural panoramas, and it will be perfect to find some events also in this place.

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival is one of the music festival held in this September. This may not be part of the traditional music, but it is still interesting to see, especially for people who love jazz. This event will be held in Hebridean island of Islay and the whole area of this place can be like the spots to enjoy the jazz festival.

Islay is so beautiful for its view and that is why people love to come to this place. With this jazz festival, there will be bigger reasons to come to this place. This can be one fo the best and biggest jazz festival in Scotland in 2018, so it is worth to see.

Then, there is also Tarbert Music Festival. This has become one of the old music festival in Argyll. The festival has been held since 1988 and it still continues up to now. In September, this festival will be held, specifically on 14 September 2018 up to 16 September 2018. This event can be so interesting and special since it will be held on Tarbert in Kintyre. This is a fishing village of Argyll. This is a great event to attend while waiting for the autumn that is approaching. These two music festivals are great to enjoy in this September.

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One of the Best Festivals to See in Argyll
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One of the Best Festivals to See in Argyll

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Argyll is going to hold a special festival in this September. It is called as the Best of the West Festival. As what is found in the festivals, there are going to be many kinds of things to find. This festival is going to be held starting from 7th of September up to 9th of September 2018.

This festival will be held in the iconic and famous Inveraray Castle. This is one of the famous castles and this will be interesting festival. This festival is planned for three days, so there will be many things to see and these are great things to wait and see.

This will be the perfect week to visit Argyll and Scotland since this festival will one of the greatest festival in this year. There will be boutique festival where people can enjoy many kinds of performance. Of course, there will also be music and various foods found in this Scotland’s best festival for the boutique. People and agen sbobet will come and usually it is not only people from the Scotland and Argyll. People from many countries will come to enjoy the music, and food offered in this festival.

One of the things to wait for is the appearance of Gary Maclean. This person is the winner of Masterchef, so there will be interesting thing to wait for. There will also be Michelin Star Graeme Cheevers and this will be perfect combination with the winner of the Masterchef. For three days, there will be stages for musical performance.

It will not be just a common concert, but these stages will be spot for musical art performers to show their great quality of music. There are more than 21 musical art performances to wait for in these three-days event. Of course, there are also many other activities to enjoy during this great festival in Scotland. Surely, it is worth to wait for.

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Some of the Best Travel Spots to Find in Argyll
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Some of the Best Travel Spots to Find in Argyll

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There are not many people who have heard about the travel spots in Argyll. That is because Argyll is just an isle that you can find on the western part of Scotland. Even though, this place turned out to be one nice place to visit. That is because the area of Argyll is quite vast and there are also some nice travel spots that you can find in Argyll. If you are interested in spending some of your days in Argyll, here are some of the best travel spots that you might want to visit during your travel to Argyll.

The first one is Barcaldine Castle. This is the place for those who want to see the ancient castle that you can find in Argyll. For your information, Argyll used to be a country itself so that it is quite common for you to find an ancient castle in Argyll. However, this ancient castle is quite unique because even though most parts of the castles are considered as something ancient, there are also some parts of the castle with the proper accommodations too. That means will not need to worry about finding a place to sleep at night because this castle already offers you one. As an addition to that, you can also get the breakfast there.

The next one is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The name is quite hard to spell, but that does not mean that this national park has few visitors. For your information, this national park is considered as one of the best national parks that you can find in Scotland. There are a lot of reasons why this national park is quite famous, but the best of all if because of the beauty of the ecosystem on this national park.

Yes, there are a lot of people who are amazed by the beauty of this national park. As an addition to that, the contrast that you can find on this national park is also something nice to find. That is because you can find the high mountains as well as the deep-water parts on this national park. That is why many people love to spend days on this national park. Those are some of the best travel spots that you can find in Argyll. If you have visited those places mentioned above and you want to try something new, you can always try to explore Argyll.

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Traveling to Argyll in Scotland on Your Own
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There are a lot of people who think that traveling alone is not something nice to do because of many reasons. However, that is not something fully correct. That is because there are some nice things that you can do if you are traveling alone, especially if you are traveling to Argyll that is located in western part of Scotland.

For your information, Argyll used to be an independent country many years ago, but now this country is one part of Scotland. Because of that reason, there are some nice travel spots that you can visit alone in Argyll. If you are interested, here are some of those places that you can visit in Argyll as a solo traveler.

The first one is camping in Crinan Canal. This place is a great tranquil with the amazing sceneries around it. This is one of the best places to camp in Argyll. For members information, Crinan Canal is also quite famous as one of the best places in Scotland that offers you the amazing views and sceneries around.

Therefore, you should not miss this place even if you are traveling alone in Argyll. The second one is Kilmartin Glen. This place is the one that you need to visit if you love the ancient things. That is because there are a lot of ancient sites that will give you the thrill. Fortunately, you will not need to worry about visiting this place alone. That is because this travel site is quite famous so that there are people who visited this place every single day. You will not die of loneliness even if you travel alone to this place in Argyll.

The next one is Bowmore Village. This is the place where you can find the best local drinks. If you love to have a bit of local taste whiskey, this is the place that you have to visit. That is because Bowmore Village is quite famous for its distillery named Bowman Distillery.

This is the place where you will be able to find the famous Single Malt Whiskey. You can be sure that you will drink the whiskey until morning. Those are some of the best places that you can visit if you are traveling alone in Argyll. For your final consideration, if you love to travel alone, there are also some nice islands that you can find in Argyll since Argyll is an aisle.

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Traveling with Your Family in Argyll Scotland
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Traveling with Your Family in Argyll Scotland

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Family travel is something that many families in this world are looking for. That is because the family travel is one thing that will help you have the better bond between all of the family members. If you are living in UK region and you are looking for a nice place to spend your family travel time, you might want to simply consider traveling to Argyll. This place used to be a country of its own, but now Argyll is a part of Scotland. This place is considered as one nice place to spend your family travel because of these simple reasons below.

The first one is because Argyll offers you the beauty of nature from the islands that you can find there. You need to know that Argyll is an aisle and that means there are some islands that you can find in this area. This is a great thing because you can simply travel from one island to another to spend your family travel there since all of those islands offer you the amazing beauty that you might have never seen before. This is something that you should not miss. The second reason is because there are a lot of unique places that you can find in Argyll. It is true that the islands are considered as the main attraction in Argyll, but that does not mean there is nothing else to find there. That is because there are a lot of other unique things to find in Argyll such as the ancient castle with the hotel facilities where you can spend your nights and also the vast national park with the complete ecosystem that will amaze you.

Traveling with Your Family in Argyll Scotland

The last but not least, it is because Argyll is not that populated. There are a lot of people who are looking for the comfortable family travel spot, but unfortunately, not all of those people are able to find one because of the crowd. However, that is not something that you can find in because the population density of Argyll can be considered as the lowest in Scotland. That means you will not be bothered by the crowd when you are traveling to Argyll. However, you can still enjoy the family travel time that you are going to have in Argyll. In conclusion, if you are looking for a nice place to travel with your family, Argyll is the place that you need to visit.

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Things to Consider before You are Going to Argyll for Traveling
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Things to Consider before You are Going to Argyll for Traveling

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There are a lot of UK people who visited Argyll even though this place is not that famous. One of the most common reason is because there are a lot of nice spots that you can find in Argyll, especially for those who love the beauty of islands in Argyll. If you are thinking about going to Argyll and some of your days there, there are some simple things that you might want to simply consider before going there. The first one is the season. You need to know that Argyll is an aisle. That means you need to take a ferry to get through all of those islands. In some seasons, the weather is good so that ferry will not be a problem. However, in some other seasons, the weather might not be good so that you might not want to visit Argyll in those not-too-good seasons.

The second thing is the money or the cash. If you come from the UK region, that might not be a problem because you are using Euro as your currency. However, if you come from another region where you use different currency, you need to get the Euro first. That is because Argyll is not a big place where you can simply find a place to change your money. Even though this place is quite big in term of size, there are not many moneychanger services that you can find in Argyll and most of the locals will only take Euro there. Therefore, make sure that you have enough cash to spend in Argyll.

Things to Consider before You are Going to Argyll for TravelingThings to Consider before You are Going to Argyll for TravelingThe last but not least is planning your travel to Argyll properly. You need to realize that there are a lot of nice travel spots that you can find in Argyll. That is the main reason why you might need to have the proper schedule that will let you enjoy this place to the fullest. Or else, you will not be able to find the best from this place. Argyll has the amazing scene of the mountains as well as the beaches. Argyll also offers you the natural ancient ruins with a lot of sites that the players can visit. The last but not least, Argyll also has one of the best whiskeys in Scotland as well as the big chocolate factory where you can find the local taste of the chocolate. There are just so many places that you can visit in Argyll.

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Some Unique Facts about Argyll as Small Country in Scotland
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Some Unique Facts about Argyll as Small Country in Scotland

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Argyll used to be a small country that is located on the western side of Scotland. However, because of many things happened in the past, this small country is known as one part of Scotland nowadays. That is a unique fact that not many people have known about. If you are curious, there are still a lot of other unique facts about Argyll that you might want to know. The first one is the number of population in Argyll is quite small. Since nowadays Argyll is considered as one part of Scotland, many surveys were comparing the population of Argyll with the other parts of Scotland. For your information, the population density of Argyll can be considered as the smallest of all. That is because the population density of Argyll is only about 0.13 percents compared with the average population density of Scotland that reaches 0.70 percents.

The second one is the number of people who live on the islands in Argyll. For your information, there are about 20 percents of the Argyll population who lives on the islands in Argyll. However, even though one fifth of them live on the islands, there are still tens of islands that are inhabitant. That can be seen from the survey data taken in 2012 with the total of 23 islands that were inhabitant in Argyll. The third unique fact is the gross income of the workers in Argyll. Many people think that the gross income of the workers in Argyll is not as big as the ones that you can get in Scotland. However, that is not a correct thing. That is because if you want to simply compare the gross weekly income of the workers, the ones who work in Argyll get the average of 488 Euros a week while the ones in Scotland get about 493 Euros a week. That is not a big difference.

Some Unique Facts about Argyll as Small Country in Scotland

The last but not least, people travel mostly using the ferry. This one is not a secret anymore because when you are living in an aisle, you will need the ferry service and the transport to move from one island to another island. That is why this service is becoming one of the most famous transportation in Argyll. However, on the land, people prefer the train because there are tens of train stations provided by the local government that you can find in Argyll.

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Traveling Tips for Those Who are Going to Argyll
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Traveling Tips for Those Who are Going to Argyll

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The name of Argyll might not be that famous as one nice travel spots that you can find in the world. However, if you are living in UK, the name of Argyll might be quite common to hear. That is because the place that you can find on the western part of Scotland is quite famous as one nice travel spots for those who want to have a nice traveling with a lot of island views in Argyll. If you are thinking about spending some of your days in Argyll, there are some simple tips that you might want to try for the first time traveler.

For the start, you might want to simply visit Argyll from Spring to Fall. This one is quite important to highlight because the weather in Argyll is quite extreme. That means if you want to have the best travel to Argyll, you might want to try some of those seasons mentioned above. Actually, it is not a problem if you are going to Argyll in Winter, but it is not recommended since there are not man events held in Winter. As an addition to that, the weather is not that good for sailing. The second tip is preparing yourself for the adventure in nature. If you are looking for the fancy travel spots such as Disney Land or some other amusement parks, there is nothing like that in Argyll. However, you will find a lot of nice islands in here as well as the beautiful white sand beaches. You will never want to miss this kind of natural beauty that offers.

Traveling Tips for Those Who are Going to ArgyllThe last tip that you might want to consider is bring yourself some Euros. You need to realize that Argyll is now part of Scotland. That means if you want to buy something or some services in Argyll, you need to use their currency, Euro. That is because Argyll is not a big place where you can simply use American dollars there. You might need to trade your dollar with euro first so that you can spend your money for something in Argyll. Because of that reason, you need to make sure that you have your Euros to spend in Argyll. Those are some of the traveling tips that you can try if you are going to Argyll that is located on the western part of Scotland. For your final consideration, Argyll is also a good place for the family travel.

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Thing Many People Missed from Argyll in Scotland
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Thing Many People Missed from Argyll in Scotland

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Many people might have known the name of Argyll, the isle in Scotland. That is because this place has a lot of nice spots where many people can simply travel and enjoy all of the nice things that Argyll offers. Unfortunately, there are simple facts about this place that many people have missed. Here are some of those things. For the start, there are not many people who realized that Argyll used to be an independence and stand-alone country. It is true that nowadays Argyll is known as one part of Scotland, but in the past, Argyll was a country of its own. The history of this country was quite complicated so that only few people who understand the real history of this small country on the western part of Scotland.

The second thing is that more than two third of the population of Argyll lives near the coastal line, at least less than a mile from the coast. It is true that Argyll has a quite nice and long coastline, but the fact that up to 73 percents of its population lives less than one kilometer is something quite unique. It is like most of those people prefer to have that kind of condition rather than the busy street and city as their place to live. The next one is that the number of inhabited islands in Argyll is quite high. Since Argyll is an aisle, there are quite a lot of islands that you can find in Argyll. For your information, the latest data that was taken in 2012 said that Argyll has more than 20 islands that are inhabited even though the size of the island is quite big, not that small so that people will not want to live in there.

Thing Many People Missed from Argyll in ScotlandThe last one is the fact that there are a lot of train stations in Argyll but the most favorite transportation is the ferry. This one is surely one thing affected by the fact that Argyll is an aisle. That means ferry is quite important mass transportation. However, the fact that there are 14 railway stations in Argyll supposed to help to spread the focus of the mass transportation even better. However, there are more people who prefer to have the ferry as their main transportation rather than the trains that the government offered. So, have you known all of those information about mentioned above?

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BBC ALBA documentary on Scottish working horses
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On Monday 30th July – from 8.30 to 9.00pm, BBC ALBA is airing a documentafry on the lives of working horses in Scotland: Dileas – Working Horses.

Traditionally, Scotland has relied on iconic breeds such as Clydesdales and Shetland ponies – indispensable to generations of farmers.

BBC ALBA’s programming is a compelling and informative new three-part documentary series on the lives and roles of working horses in Scotland today.

Episode One of Dìleas – Working Horses sees presenter Angela MacKay visit Jackton Farm in Ayrshire, meeting the Steel family, who breed Clydesdales and demonstrate the work involved in preparing them for annual driving competitions.

Allan Steel Stallion Show

‘A hobby that’s got out of hand’, they say.

From the largest Scottish breed to the smallest, this episode also visits the Shetland Isles where the island’s breeders are taking measures to ensure the quality of the breed is maintained to a high standard – and are also promoting their use as ridden ponies.

Davie Robertson pony breeder

Episode Two follows National le TREC Champion Lianna Bourne and her horse Holly as they train and compete in a winter series competition, learning about the special trust required to become a good team in equestrian sport.  Lianna and Holly have an unbreakable bond. She says: ‘To build a good relationship with your horse, it really does take time’.

The programme also follows professional eventer Olivia Wilmot and her horse, Axil, at the Blair Atholl Horse Trials, showing the work involved in competing at the highest levels of Eventing.

Finally, the series focuses on the work carried out by horses in modern methods of therapy.

Riding therapy class

Episode Three visits the Glasgow group of the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) and discovers what is required of a riding therapy horse in carrying out their vital roles in improving the lives of disabled riders. There are personal statements from riders with cerebral palsy.

This episode also looks into Equine Assisted Therapy and visits Castle Craig hospital in the Scottish Borders where therapist Aureol Gillan reveals how the unique temperament of the horse helps addicts through the process of rehabilitation.

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