Tourist information troubles

Want to read more?

We value our content  and access to our full site is  only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards

Already a subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Although VisitScotland’s former tourist information centre (TIC) would not be open in February, it is not too hard to imagine one consequence of its closure following events on Sunday.

A group of tourists who walked across the dhorlin to Davaar island became stuck after misreading the tide times posted online.

Disaster was only averted with swift action from the lifeboat called out by a local who recognised the visitors’ perilous position.

Following extensive publicity this year about Archibald McKinnon’s cave painting, always one of Campbeltown’s big tourist draws, there is bound to be increased interest in crossing the dhorlin.

At the former TIC, manager Tommy Millar made sure tide times were prominently displayed.

In addition, he was always free with advice to anyone contemplating a trip to see the cave painting.

He will have patiently explained the safe times to walk on hundreds of occasions over the years.

This year there will be no reliable source of this information.

Tide tables are available at Keith’s and The Old Bookshelf but a visitor is unlikely to know that.