Clean up sees town ‘spring’ into life

cleanupA group of volunteers swept through Campbeltown Sunday ahead of a bustling week for the town. Fifteen hardy volunteers
took part, collecting eight bags of rubbish, numerous sandbags, traffic cones, and even a fridge in a bid to clean up the town just days before the Campbeltown Malts Festival and week before the 10th annual Mull of Kintyre Run.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.


Brass bell discovered in Campbeltown town hall

Site manager Graham Sopp

Site manager Graham Sopp

AN 18th-century bell proved a huge surprise for workmen during the restoration of Campbeltown Town Hall.

Eric Spence, Campbeltown Town Hall project coordinator, said: ‘During the renovation of the spire, we found a  magnificent old brass bell, turned green with verdigris caused by exposure to air.’

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 15 2015, also available online from the same date.

Longrow rubbish bins are unsightly

Longrow bins campbeltownA bed and breakfast owner has renewed calls to have a big row of recycling bins removed from outside the Co-op in Longrow, Campbeltown.

‘It is not much of a view for my guests or other visitors to the town,’ said Angela Cassidy of Feorlin B&B.

‘It is even more unsightly when bags of rubbish burst and there is litter everywhere.’

For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, May 15 2015

also available online.

Campbeltown’s magic malts come to life

whisky tastingWhisky connoisseurs will find plenty to tempt their taste buds at Campbeltown’s Malts Festival next week.

Tastings and tours celebrating malts and the art of distilling begin with Glen Scotia’s first open day on May 20 and finishes on Friday, May 22.

For the second year Campbeltown’s three distilleries will work together to celebrate the malts produced at each.

For more details,  see the Campbeltown Courier, May 15 2015, also available online from the same date.

Dialysis will be available in Campbeltown by August

campbeltown kidney dialysisKintyre patients who are forced to endure nightmare journeys for lifesaving dialysis treatment will be able to get treatment at Campbeltown within three months instead.

A meeting organised by Kintyre Kidney Dialysis Campaign heard the NHS Highland’s pledge the town’s hospital would be able to deliver dialysis care by August.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 8 2015, also available online.

Kintyre launches spaceport bid

spaceport for machrihanishA bid to bring space travel to Kintyre officially took off on Thursday, April 30, with Kintyre company Discover Space UK launching its bid for Machrihanish airbase to host the country’s first spaceport.

The site, purchased by Machrihanish Airbase Community Company in 2012, is one of five sites shortlisted by the UK Government to become the country’s first operational spaceport from 2018.

Find out what the aliens were doing in Campbeltown in this week’s Campbeltown Courier, May 8 2015, also online

Last pint pulled at White Hart Hotel

White Hart Hotel CampbeltownAn iconic Campbeltown hotel closed its doors on Monday night with the loss of 12 jobs.

The White Hart in Castlehill has been managed for the past six years by tenant David Eaton.

For more details, see the Campbeltown Courier, May 1 2015. Also available online.

Work on Kintyre dialysis unit to start

Campbeltown Hospital 2013A Tarbert building firm will begin work on the new dialysis unit within Campbeltown Hospital on May 11.

Duncan Macgregor Joiners and Builders are expected to complete the alterations by July with patients able to start receiving dialysis shortly afterwards.

See the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, May 1 2015, also available online.

Campbeltown runners claim Puffer race

crinan pufferA pair of Campbeltown runners were separated by an Irishman in the top three slots of Sunday’s 8.5-mile Mid  Argyll Crinan Puffer race.

Campbeltown running club’s Matthew Turner won with a time of 45:39, which will go down as a new course record.

For the first time, this year the race was run in the opposite direction, from Crinan Basin back to Ardrishaig, so the old course record of 45:52 still stands.

For more from the race and more sport see the Campbeltown Courier, May 1 2015.

Also available online.

First Ardrossan-Campbeltown ferry sailing of year cancelled

c19ferryupdate01noThe maiden voyage between Ardrossan and Campbeltown this year, due to run this evening (Thursday, April 30), has been cancelled as the boat operating the route is unfit for service.

MV Isle of Arran, part of operator Caledonian MacBrayne’s fleet, is in dry dock undergoing repairs and is unlikely to be ready to sail for the rest of the weekend.

A CalMac spokesman said: ‘MV Isle of Arran has had to go into dry dock to undergo propellor repairs. It is unclear whether she will be ready to sail on Sunday but we are ruling out Friday travel this weekend.

‘We have been contacting all pre-booked passengers to make alternative arrangements with them for travel.

‘Passengers are advised to check our website for regularly updated information at ‘

For more news from Kintyre see the Campbeltown Courier every Friday, also available online


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