Tourists swell Campbeltown

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A double festival week, in sparkling spring sunshine, combining the Malts Festival and MOK Run has brought tourists from every corner of the globe.

Many accents and languages are to be heard on the streets and Campbeltown feels cosmopolitan. At the Whiskyopolis opening on Monday, there were visitors from Lichfield in Staffordshire and Australia.

The first whisky dinner of the week at Ardshiel, on Tuesday, was full with 70 diners including a large group from London.

The changeable weather has caught some out. It is still May and on cooler evenings the old proverb – ‘Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot’ – has never proved more true.

On Tuesday evening a group of three Germans, from a small town near Mainz in the Rhine valley, strolling on the Esplanade, said they were used to cool May evenings but they had met some Italians who were complaining of the cold.

By Wednesday afternoon, at Glen Scotia’s open day, the mercury rose to 22°C, and it seemed hotter in the sheltered courtyard.

Ice-cream seller Don Dennis was expecting a bumper afternoon.