District News, February 11 2022

Peat and Diesel's Tarbert gig is finally set to take place.
Peat and Diesel's Tarbert gig is finally set to take place.

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Tarbert

Peat and Diesel finally set to rock Tarbert

Peat and Diesel fans will be pleased to hear a sold-out Tarbert gig, postponed twice because of the Covid pandemic, is to go ahead next month.

Organisers West Kintyre Promotions have announced Stornoway sensations Innes, Uilly and Boydie, who play a mix of Scottish folk music and Celtic punk and were set to headline Tarbert Music Festival in September 2020, will now perform in the village hall on Friday March 4.

‘Original tickets are valid and there may be a few others available, so please give us a shout on Facebook if you want tickets for the show,’ said a West Kintyre Promotions spokesperson.

‘We have The Ronains and Anavrin providing support, so the whole night will retain the original festival vibe.

‘We thank everyone for their patience and look forward to welcoming everyone for what will be a unique opportunity to see Peat and Diesel in such an intimate setting.’

Islay

Islay image is VisitScotland’s top Instagram post of 2021

A photograph of the shimmering clear blue waters of Islay’s Machir Bay has been ranked as VisitScotland’s most popular Argyll and Isles social media post of 2021.

The photograph, by @theglobefromglasgow, was liked 68,114 times when it was shared on the national tourism agency’s Instagram account, making it the highest performing post of the region last year.

This photograph of Islay's Machir Bay, by @theglobefromglasgow, was VisitScotland's most popular Argyll and Isles Instagram post of 2021.
This photograph of Islay’s Machir Bay, by @theglobefromglasgow, was VisitScotland’s most popular Argyll and Isles Instagram post of 2021.

The Islay photograph came out ahead of the second most popular image, an image of the mysterious and striking hexagonal columns of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa by @wee_dusty, which attracted 57,000 likes.

In the year to January 2022, VisitScotland’s Instagram reached people more than 183 million times with 460 user-generated posts.

‘The rich history and vibrancy of Argyll and Isles and the stunning scenery and sights on offer are a fantastic source of inspiration for photographers,’ said VisitScotland regional director David Adams McGilp, ‘and these images have captured some of the many reasons visitors are drawn to the region.

‘VisitScotland’s social media channels have played a significant role in the last two years in continuing to keep Scotland front of mind and offering inspiration to our global audiences.’

Emma Clark, chairwoman of Explore Islay and Jura, added: ‘Our team is delighted to have Machir Bay on Islay noted as one of the most Instagramable spots.

‘Our island has the most amazing areas that enable you to capture the perfect picture and create the most magical memories.’

Island issues fixed

A Kintyre and Islands councillor has welcomed news that two Islay issues he reported to Argyll and Bute Council have been resolved.

Broken paving slabs in Bowmore Square, first raised by Councillor Alastair Redman in July 2021, have been repaired and seating outside Port Askaig Port Office that was reported as being corroded in November 2021 has now been cleaned and painted.

‘My constituents who use these seats will be very happy with this news, particularly those who are elderly,’ said Councillor Redman. ‘It took a few months, but we got it sorted in the end.

‘The news that the broken pavement slabs in Bowmore Square have finally been fixed is very welcome.

‘As well as the obvious aesthetic concerns, there were also justifiable worries about safety, particularly as many children play in the square.

‘I would encourage any of my constituents to contact myself with their pressing local concerns about our roads and other council matters. I will always work hard lobbying the council to get the job done.’