Leader, July 31 2020

Westport was packed with visitors, both on the beach and in the water, on Sunday.

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Westport is wonderful

Westport beach is one of Kintyre’s biggest assets. Its miles of white, sandy shores attract people from near and far.

It is a place of great renown, drawing surfers from around the world to ride the waves which crash onto the shore having come uninterrupted from North America.

It is, however, also a dangerous place for those who are unfamiliar with the sea. Even those who are regular wild swimmers may be taken unawares by the dangerous rip currents often present in the area.

The warning signs which are soon to be erected are long overdue. How are people to know of the dangers if there is nothing in place to tell them?

For many, Westport is a place of peaceful tranquility. It would be an awful shame if an avoidable tragedy was to take place there.

Following procedures

The reaction to the Ardshiel Hotel’s announcement a guest had tested positive for Covid-19 after their stay in Campbeltown has shown people appreciate honesty.

The fact the risk was minimised by the Ardshiel’s preventative measures shows the importance of following guidelines and putting thought into how best to operate under the current challenging circumstances.

The outpouring of support from the community along with the understanding of the hotel’s customers has been a comfort to the Ardshiel’s staff who are a doing a brilliant job at what is a very hard time for everyone in the hospitality sector.