LEADER, August 23 2019

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Good times and bad

The Courier is honoured to deliver news to the community – during the good times and the bad.

This week we were delighted to share the news that Campbeltown now boasts the ‘whisky bar of the year’, according to judges at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 2019, who bestowed the title to the Ardshiel Hotel.

Since buying the hotel more than a decade ago, Flora Grant and Marion MacKinnon have more than tripled the number of whiskies on offer, turning the hotel into something of a tourist attraction in itself.

However, we also revealed that nine jobs have been lost at Campbeltown Creamery.

While it is still hoped that a take-over by local farmers is the future for the site, it is terrible for the individuals who have lost their jobs, some after many, many years.

We know there is a market for Campbeltown cheese, and while the number of farms supplying the creamery has fallen over the years, there are still almost 30.

Here’s hoping the future is bright for both Campbeltown’s whiskies and cheeses.