Harbour Inn wins third Gold Star
The Harbour Inn & Restaurant will once again be offering a warm welcome to visitors and locals having re-opened on 21st January, following a comprehensive refurbishment of the popular Schooner Bar and guest bedrooms. Owners Neil and Carol Scott said; â€œ Weâ€™ve kept the special feel of the bar, but given it a more modern and local twist, that will make it even more inviting for our guests â€œ The Bowmore business has also won its third consecutive Gold Star from Visitscotland - awarded to businesses "offering exceptional levels of hospitality and customer service.â€ The gold rating marks the hotel out as one of Scotlandâ€™s best places to stay.
Neil and Carol said â€œ We always strive to go that extra mile for our guests and customers and are delighted to have been awarded Visitscotlandâ€™s Gold Award for the third year running." Following the re-opening, Neil and Carolâ€™s son James and his fiancÃ© Sian have taken over the day to day management of the hotel, allowing Neil and Carol to focus their attention on other aspects of this well established business. Continue reading....
Marketing Group aid for Ellaâ€™s Dancers trip to Montreal
Ella Edgar Highland Dancers have received a cheque for Â£500 towards the costs of attending the Canadian Inter Provincial Championships in Montreal in July 2013 kindly given by the Islay & Jura Tourism & Marketing Group. Around twenty young dancers aged between five and seventeen from Islay are expected to make the trip to the historic Canadian city next summer.
An excited Ella said that she was delighted to accept this very generous donation from IJMG as part of their fundraising towards this once in a lifetime chance of attending this world class prestigious event. Paul Graham, retiring chair of IJMG was pleased to assist the Ella Edgar dancers and thanked them for their support at various events over the years on Islay & Jura and hoped this would continue into the future.
Port Charlotte street signs
In 1954 a Mr Ian McTaggart asked a meeting of Argyll County Council in Dunoon if permission could be sought to erect Gaelic street signs in the village of Port Charlotte. This permission was granted and Port Charlotte became the first village in Scotland to have all the street signs in Gaelic only. The signs were paid for by the Gaelic Society of Scotland and erected by local joiner, Gilbert Clark. Recently some of the signs have become detached from the buildings and this has concerned local Councillor, Robin Currie who has now identified monies from Argyll and Bute Council to have them reinstated.
Cllr. Currie said, â€œPort Charlotte is unique with its all Gaelic street signs and I feel strongly that those signs that are missing should be reinstated. I have asked officers of the Council to approach householders if they would have any objections to the signs being put back up on their properties and if permission is given, then the Gaelic signs will be replaced as soon as possible.â€ An extract from the â€œOban Timesâ€ of April 1954 said, â€œPort Charlotte made Friday night a night of fete to celebrate the display of the street and road names of the town in Gaelic. It has thus achieved the proud distinction of being the first town in Scotland to have an all-Gaelic street nomenclatureâ€
The snippets are published with kind permission of the Ileach local newspaper.