Royal Bank of Scotland quits

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Workmen wasted no time: as soon as Campbeltown’s Royal Bank of Scotland closed on Tuesday afternoon, the dismantling process began.

Despite desperate pleas from politicians and businesses trying to get the majority state-owned bank to pull back from the brink, RBS bosses pressed ahead with their plans.

The financial crash a decade ago caused untold suffering to many people. Yet RBS was bailed out of its difficulties with taxpayers’ money.

It has rewarded the public by shutting branches and will soon close 162 in England and cut 800 jobs.

It is not the only institution abandoning the town. Although the bank’s demise is much more important, VisitScotland also announced last year it is pulling out.

With the huge influx of whisky tourists and MOK runners, in the current heatwave, VisitScotland’s iCentre was busier than ever providing information.

Walkers and cyclists this week gained a new council-produced map of Kintyre routes and shortly there will be a guide to the 200-mile Caledonia Way from Campbeltown to Inverness.