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  • Lamont quits after role 'questioned'

    BBC News - Scotland
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont resigns saying senior party members had "questioned" her role amid the "serious challenges" faced by Labour in Scotland.
  • Day care visitors get in the swing at tea dance

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    People who attend Bell View Day Care facility in Belford got into the swing of things with their first tea dance last week.
  • Pensioner outfoxed and falling fowl of wildlife laws fined £865

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    A pensioner who accidentally snared a badger instead of the fox that was killing his prize chickens was fined £865 for wildlife crimes yesterday.
  • No excuse for poor mobile phone signal in Kintyre

    The Campbeltown Courier
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Pressure is being put on mobile phone companies to immediately improve their poor signal coverage in Kintyre. Extensive research by Mary Galbraith, Argyll and Bute Labour candidate for next year’s general election, has established how simple it would be for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to use the Airwave – the emergency services network – infrastructure. Read the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at
  • Tributes as Scottish rock star and Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies aged 71: He lives on in his music and forever in our hearts

    dailyrecord - News
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    BRUCE was born in Bishopbriggs and played bass guitar in rock supergroup Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • No excuse for poor mobile phone signal in Kintyre

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Pressure is being put on mobile phone companies to immediately improve their poor signal coverage in Kintyre. Extensive research by Mary Galbraith, Argyll and Bute Labour candidate for next year’s general election, has established how simple it would be for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to use the Airwave – the emergency services network – infrastructure. Read the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at
  • Campbeltown Courier at the Royal National Mod 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jumping for joy, Emma MacFarlane and Hannah Prill, from Tarbert, won a silver medal in the duet competition for 16 to 18-year-olds at the Royal National Mod in Inverness. Emma also took second place in the solo singing competition for the same age-group. For more Mod coverage and photos see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014. Also available online at
  • Kidney dialysis campaign must double its funding

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Kintyre Kidney Dialysis Campaign has learned it must double its original £35,000 fund-raising target to assist in the kidney dialysis unit being set up in Campbeltown. Campaign chairman Councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘I am confident we can raise the £70,000-plus figure’ For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also available online at
  • Campbeltown nursery manager says farewell

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Viv Campbell was living in Nottingham and looking for a change of scenery when she took a holiday in Kintyre. Suddenly, she found herself applying for the manager’s job at Campbeltown Nursery Centre. That was in October, 1991 – and now she has just retired after 23 years there. Read her story in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at
  • Grammar school keeps eye on Ebola epidemic

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    The Ebola virus epidemic which has killed thousands in West Africa and is threatening to spread into more countries is being watched very closely by pupils and staff at Campbeltown Grammar. The school is heavily involved in charity work in Gambia and a party of 14 pupils and four staff made a hugely successful aid trip there in February. Campbeltown Grammar’s Agnes Stewart, who is helping oversee the school’s continuing aid work with Gambia told the Courier: ‘We are keeping a very close eye on the situation.’ For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014,also…
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    The Orcadian Online

  • Scapa wind turbine approved

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    An application for a 20kW wind turbine at Upper Scapa Farm, St Ola, has been approved by Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee this afternoon. The meeting was preceded by a site visit earlier today. At a previous meeting committee members had decided to further assess the visual impact of the turbine on the area. Two [...]
  • Gathering for a weekend of storytelling

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    The 2014 Orkney Storytelling Festival is in full swing and playing host to three internationally renowned storytellers. Taking part in the four-day festival, which began last night, are Liz Weir, from Northern Ireland, Ian Stephen, from the Isle of Lewis, Norwegian storyteller Stina Fagertun. Organiser Fran Flett Hollinrake said: “It’s always so [...]
  • Replacement plaques arrive at Italian Chapel

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Three new hand-crafted plaques to replace the religious carvings stolen from the Italian Chapel in August were delivered today. The author of Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon, Philip Paris, was in Italy recently and collected the replacement artwork from chapel creator Domenico Chiocchetti’s daughter, Letizia. The original set [...]
  • Graemeshall road work gets under way

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Work to address coastal erosion issues at the Graemeshall Road, in Holm, got under way this week. Severe weather coupled with exceptionally high tides in December 2013 and early January this year led to a breach in the sea wall.  The road was closed for a number of days while temporary stabilising work was carried [...]
  • Scottish Water meeting in Kirkwall

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Scottish Water is hosting a public meeting in Kirkwall today to discuss the utility firm’s performance and their future plans in Orkney. The meeting will take place at 5.30pm at the Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. The company has said that much of the meeting will be a question and answer session, and so are looking to hear from [...]
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  • Ferry disruption

    Adam Guest
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Ferry services between Lerwick and Aberdeen this weekend have been cancelled due to bad weather. Serco NorthLink said today’s  northbound ferry the Hrossey will not sail to Shetland but leave Aberdeen for Kirkwall only, at 5pm. Tomorrow the Hjaltland is scheduled to leave Aberdeen for Kirkwall and Lerwick at 5pm. Southbound sailing of the Hjaltland is now due to leave at 4pm today. Tomorrow’s southbound sailing to Aberdeen is cancelled. Freight services are also affected, with the Hildasay‘s southbound sailing cancelled today. She is next scheduled to depart Lerwick…
  • Two injured in Black Gaet crash

    Shetland Times
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Two people were taken to hospital yesterday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash at the Black Gaet junction south of Lerwick. The crash, between a car and a 4×4 vehicle, happened at about 4.45pm and  police closed one lane of the road for a while. The man and woman taken to hospital were not seriously injured, according to police.
  • Ferry cancellations with disruptions also expected

    Rosalind Griffiths
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Serco NorthLink has cancelled some ferry services to and from Aberdeen due to bad weather, and is warning of delays and disruptions over the weekend. Tomorrow’s Northbound ferry the Hrossey will not sail to Shetland but leave Aberdeen for Kirkwall only, at 5pm. She will then return from Kirkwall sailing for Aberdeen on Sunday, at about 9.30pm. She is expected in Aberdeen at 7am on Monday. Final confirmation from Serco NorthLink will be given at about 9.30am tomorrow. On Sunday the Hjaltland is scheduled to leave Aberdeen for Kirkwall and Lerwick at 5pm. But due to predicted bad weather,…
  • Cracks appear in Living Lerwick

    Ryan Taylor
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Some retailers have withheld levies due to the organisation charged with rejuvenating the town centre claiming it has lost its focus and is of no benefit to businesses. One businessman has described the payments to Living Lerwick as “blatant robbery”, while another has accused the organisation set up to breathe new life into the street of losing its way. But Living Lerwick has fought back, insisting the levies are needed to help it attract £869,000 in funding. The body, which is appointing a new recruit to communicate with shopkeepers, has stressed the “onus” is on businesses to…

    Shetland Times
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Detached two storey property in a quiet location with fine views to the south-east towards Mousa, to the south over Sandwick Bay and round to the west. The accommodation is bright and spacious with two large reception rooms and an expansive kitchen and dining area. The five bedrooms make this property an ideal family home. Accommodation:- Porch, Hallway, Lounge, Kitchen/Dining Area, Sitting Room, Utility Room, Store, Office, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Garage and Workshop.
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  • Dumbarton v Rangers

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Unfortunately due to WordPress’s heavily sanctioned T’s & C’s they wont let us post the full article using a free wordpress domain, to read the full article please visit the articles individual post on our own website by clicking the articles direct link here: ( ) WATP!
  • Oaks and Pig Tales

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Down in the woods, autumn is breathing her frosts and mists across the leaves and grass. Bracken is turning orange, the beech trees are golden and copper leaves and nuts lie strewn across the forrest floor. But among the oaks, you would hardly notice her presence. Their leaves still flutter green in the light, and the grass around their roots is lush and soft. We wandered in the warm whispering breeze among the pools of shadows, becoming vaguely aware of a presence. A growing feeling of being watched was creeping up my back, and looking to either side of the path, hoping to see some glorious…
  • Going for coffee

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Going for coffee? Go by bike
  • Campsite Review - Applecross Campsite

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
      In a nutshell Where: Applecross Campsite, Strathcarron, Ross-Shire IV54 8ND. Web:       Tel: 01520 744268 E-mail: Cost: £9 per adult. £4.50 per child.  Campervans/motorhomes/caravans £2.  Electric hook-up £4.50.  All prices per night during high season (2014). Facilities: Good location overlooking the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye.  Two, flat camping fields accommodating up to 60 tents, motorhomes and touring caravans.  Heated camping huts and (discrete) static caravans available.  No allocated…
  • House of Bruar and whiskey flavoured tea.

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Having posted loads of my photos and stories from snapchat I thought it was about time to actually make a post with actual text……………. well some text.  This is the place, a shop that sells things that are so amazing and expensive it makes you cry. It’s basically the Scottish version of house of fraser.  Full of Hunter/Scottish styles,  some of it amazing but most of I it utterly ridiculous. Strange tartan shirts for £70, small dog beds for £100+ I love ties,  and some of the styles there were awesome.  I can justify spending £30 on a nice tie most of…
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  • Crossing the Borders by the Grey Mare’s Tail

    Keith Savage
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    I hope you’ve enjoyed the last several months of coverage of my travels through Dumfries & Galloway. Southwest Scotland is littered with impeccable ruins, swaths of deserted wilderland, and old market towns brimming with character. Today, I move eastward across the M74 into the land known as the Scottish Borders, a rural and hilly region shot through by the famous River Tweed. The Borders shares a rich history with Dumfries & Galloway, but it was this region that saw the fiercest fighting with the English during the Wars of Independence. Here you’ll find plenty of ruined…
  • Scotland Itinerary Ideas: Dumfries & Galloway

    Keith Savage
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Late last year I rolled out a series of Itinerary Ideas articles that each highlighted a different section of Scotland. When I’d written as many as I could, I couldn’t help but notice there were still glaring holes on the map, little wastelands of knowledge here on my site. It was this process that kickstarted the planning of my next trip – I needed to dig into and explore these areas that didn’t have their own articles, and so I hit the road this past spring to ferret out some of the great visitor experiences of southern Scotland. Coming up next – Scotland…
  • Picture This: The Glens of Moniaive

    Keith Savage
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    The high moors of Nithsdale bend the evening light into the narrow glens leading to Moniaive. A thousand years of history nestle in this crease of the southern uplands, the slow green slopes around town protecting it like inverted earthen ramparts. The stones released from the ground have become the battlements of sheep, and yet here and there a lone tree still stands against the pinkening sky. The wind speaks in my ears but the language escapes me. On first blush, this feels like a forgotten place, but after three nights there can be no doubt the memory of Moniaive is strong with those…
  • Caerlaverock Castle’s Ruinous Allure

    Keith Savage
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    The south of Scotland gets horrendously short shrift by the vast majority of visitors. Even Scots tend to go north, perhaps in an attempt to avoid the English pouring over the border (history repeats itself?). I am, of course, kidding – about the English, that is. The south is summarily dismissed by all but the most time-rich and curious travelers. More’s the pity, for, as the scene of many long-remembered battles for Scottish Independence, the south is littered with the ruins of stout fortifications and victimized places of worship. For a history buff like me, the south ranks…
  • State of the Savage: September 2014

    Keith Savage
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Just last week, one of the most important moments in Scottish history, the independence referendum, came and went. I followed along from my home in Wisconsin by streaming BBC coverage and denting a couple bottles of whisky with friends. As the night wore on and the results came back for each voting area, it became clear that the Scottish people had voted against independence. My friends and I turned down the volume, focused on the Scotch, made plans for future weekends, had a pipe – that sort of thing. It didn’t really hit me until later. Stirlingshire came back against…
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