Marine firm’s plan to help Gaelic

THE FERRY firm behind Calmac has published a five year Gaelic strategy.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd’s (CMAL) second iteration of its Gaelic language plan runs to 2021.

Gaelic is widely spoken in the communities served by CMAL in the western Hebrides and the organisation is committed to ensuring Gaelic has a strong and sustainable future in Scotland.

CMAL’s plan includes increasing the amount of Gaelic multimedia content on the corporate website, strengthening the visibility of Gaelic in

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Birds need to be brought under control


Noise and mess causedby flocks of birds around Campbeltown have to finally be addressed, according to a councillor
and residents.

Several areas of the town, including residential schemes, have been affected by loud calls and droppings from crows and gulls.

Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 29 2015, also available online.

Campbeltown says ‘cheers’ to malt festival

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The second annual Campbeltown Malts Festival took place last week, with the town’s three distilleries working together to celebrate the quality whiskies the area has to offer.

Held from May 20 to May 22, the 2015 festival was the busiest yet, attracting visitors to the town and contributing to the local economy.

For more from the malts festival, see the Campbeltown Courier, May 29 2015, also available online.

Crowds pour into Campbeltown for MOK Run


A thousand-strong mob roamed Campbeltown on Sunday – but it was a procession of joy as the tenth Mull of Kintyre 10k and half-marathon races provided another magic weekend.

A wonderful, colourful mix began their miles of running, jogging and walking – in the name of charity, fun, and personal glory – from a windy Campbeltown Loch.

For more photos, the full report and results, see the Campbeltown Courier, May 29 2015. Also available online.

Clean up sees town ‘spring’ into life


A 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

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A 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

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Campbeltown’s magic malts come to life

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Whisky 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

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Kintyre 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

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A 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

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