Leader, April 30 2021

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Get your kicks on K66

Kintyre’s breathtaking scenery and unspoiled coastlines are no secret to those of us who live or were born here, but with the area being a bit off the beaten track it is something of a hidden gem.

With the ‘staycation’ market set to boom this year, the launch of the Kintyre 66 route – and a chance to tell the world all about our little slice of heaven – couldn’t come at a better time.

After more than a year of disruptions, being forced to close and alter the services they offer, it is no wonder Kintyre’s hospitality and tourism business owners are welcoming the campaign’s launch.

With similar routes in countries across the world cementing destinations’ places on the tourist map, this could be the start of something big for the place most of us are lucky enough to call home.

Please take care at the beach

It is no surprise that Campbeltown RNLI’s first call-out of the year coincided with lockdown restrictions easing.

People are understandably desperate to hit the beach, with weeks of good weather only making the draw stronger, but the last thing we want is a tragedy.

The incident off Arran must have been very frightening for the youngster who was swept out to sea on an inflatable, but it provides a valuable lesson for us all.