The Pine Marten

Dougie Menzies of Ardenfield was quick with his camera this week capturing this excellent shot of a hungry Pine Marten at the squirrel food. Iona Lister who runs an excellent website dedicated to Pine Martens informs us that she thinks it’s unusual for a Pine Marten to be moving around in open space during daylight, therefore it may be feeding young ones or else possibly there are few predators locally. Any Pine Marten experts out there who would like to comment?

Useful Links:
Pine Marten on Wikipedia

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Ardentinny to Carrick Castle walk

The walking group at Carrick Castle

The Ardentinny walkers at Carrick Castle

At the invitation of the Lochgoilhead Community Council, 29 intrepid walkers from Ardentinny walked the 7-mile route from the village to Carrick Castle on Sunday 9 May to celebrate the opening of the new forest path.

On arrival, they were treated regally to a champagne reception at Carrick Castle and then transported to Lochgoilhead for lunch in a local hotel. There Leslie Cuthbertson on behalf of the Lochgolihead community, thanked them for their participation as well as Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park for the major funding as well as Argyll & Islands Leader for the balance of the funding. Leslie went on to thank landowners Duncan McPhail and Donald Ferguson for their cooperation in allowing the use of parts of their land for the path, as well as Carrick Castle Amenities for organising the welcome reception.

In turn, Ardentinny Community Council Convener, Val Kennedy thanked the hosts for their kind hospitality and invited a reciprocal visit later in the year. It is now thought that this will take place in September with a barbecue and ceilidh after the walk.

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Ardentinny to Carrick Castle walk – LIVE coverage this Sunday!

Phone signal permitting, we’ll be covering live Sunday’s community walk from Ardentinny to Carrick Castle. For those folks unable to join us, we’ll hopefully be uploading images from the 7-mile walk as it happens.  We understand that there has been a great response from our community. If you would like to take part, it starts from the car park at Sandy Beach at 10 am. The newly opened route should take around two and a half hours to complete. Lunch will be available at Lochgoilhead as well as transport back to Ardentinny.

We look forward to welcoming you all on Sunday either as a participant or as a lurker at!

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Ardentinny leads by example with high voter turnout

Ardentinny votes at Village Hall

As of 21.45 hrs. 6 May 2010. 82% of those eligible to vote today at Ardentinny’s local polling station, had cast their vote. There were another potential 40 postal votes, for which we have no cast votes statistics. It is estimated that it will be tomorrow lunchtime before we have the final results for Argyll and Bute.


Ardentinny ammunition story carried by national press

Our Ardentinny ammunition story published on Wednesday has been picked up by a number of national news organisations including:

BBC Scotland, Daily Record, The Herald, London Wired News, Hamilton Advertiser, Stirling Observer, ForArgyll, Scotsman, Press & Journal,  Press Association, Google News,  Dumfries & Galloway Standard,, Big News,  Public News Network. Photographs were supplied by


National Park Members Election 2010 – Update

The Park Authority is  looking for people to stand for election to the National Park board. Five members will be elected by the residents of five wards:
  1. Cowal and North Loch Lomond
  2. Breadalbane and the Trossachs
  3. Callander
  4. East Loch Lomond and Port of Menteith
  5. West Loch Lomond and Balloch.
Stirling Council is organising the election on behalf of the Park Authority and their Chief Executive, Bob Jack, is the Returning Officer.
For more detail about the role follow the link below. If you are interested, then you need to complete a nomination pack – you don’t need to live in the Park, but you will need to have the support of residents.
The nomination packs and full details of the election, with detailed maps showing the wards, are on Stirling Council’s website.
If you would prefer to pick up a nomination pack they are also available at several local offices and libraries.
The postal ballot will take place at the end of June and votes will be counted at Carrochan, National Park HQ, on 1 July.

For an application form to vote by post (other than where registered) click here.

Election Timetable

On or before Wednesday 5th May 2010
Publication of Notice of Election

From Thursday 6 May to 4.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Delivery of nomination papers

From Thursday 6 May to 4.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Delivery of notices of withdrawal of candidature

By 5.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Absent voters must apply to Electoral Registration Officer by this date

By 4.00pm on Thursday 27 May 2010
Publication of statement of persons nominated

Thursday 10 June 2010
Ballot papers to be sent out

By Thursday 24 June 2010
Notice of appointment of counting agents to be given by the candidate to the Returning Officer by this date

Thursday 1 July 2010
Date of Poll
(Ballot papers to be returned by 4.00pm, Count in the evening)


Ammunition found near Ardentinny [ exclusive]

The 120 blank cartridges

A green sealed plastic bag marked “BAE Systems” was found by an Ardentinny resident on Tuesday afternoon near the path from Carrick Castle to Ardentinny. The resident said “We were following the newly reopened walk from Carrick Castle to Ardentinny in advance of the organised community walk next weekend. We noticed the plastic bag near the path and assumed that it was probably a food pack left over from an exercise”.

Closer inspection revealed that the bag contained 6 boxes of unused blank 5.56mm cartridges, a total of 120 cartridges. Each box showed the following marking: RORG 24-04-07 20CARTS 5.56mm BLANK L18A1. The find was reported to Dunoon Police who have now collected the cartridges.

Over the summer months, more people are going to be using the Carrick Castle to Ardentinny path and local residents are rightly concerned that other ordnance could be in the area.

A Strathclyde Police spokesperson said “It was reported to police that a package was found, police will contact Faslane and police will dispose of the package accordingly”.


Ardentinny Gents Invitation Triples

Gents Invitation Triples
Robinson Cup

Sponsored by Western Ferries

Sunday 2nd May saw 48 bowlers descend on Ardentinny to compete for the Robinson Cup.

After a short welcoming speech by Ardentinny B.C. Pres. G.Smith, competition commenced with the first prize winner of the day being Curly Black of Colintraive achieving the first toucher. Unfortunately he was sorely disappointed when he discovered the prize wasn’t encased in glass.

The day progressed with varying standards of bowling, accompanied by varying degrees of success but whatever level was attained everyone enjoyed the day and competed in a friendly and sporting manner.

The weather was a bit more benign than usual, although cold with a mix of sunhine and showers, one of which was torrential.

Semi finalists were as follows: J.Adamson (skip), A.Marshall, D.Menzies. Ardentinny B.C. v D.Beattie (skip), A.Kennedy, S.McNab. Upper Cowal B.C. and P.Good (skip), A.Campbell, J.Smith. Pollockshaws B.C. V M.Martin (skip), J.Gilchrist, D.Reynolds. Rothesay B.C., with the teams from Pollockshaws and Upper Cowal making it through to the final.

In a competitive and hard fought final the triple from Upper Cowal retained the Trophy, which was no mean feat considering the standard of bowls that were being played, and they had even less money than that other team that won two in a row!

Margaret Robinson presented the Cup and prizes to the recipients.

Alex Kennedy then gave a short speech of appreciation in which he thanked the Umpire and Score keeper Lettie Dempster and the ladies for all the hard work they had put into preparing and serving the morning coffee,tea and toast, the excellent lunch and for the provision of the afternoon tea and last but not least the overworked drinks dispenser.

Despite making a quick exit back to the wilds of Lochgoil the triple of A.Hammond (skip) D.Mclaughlan, R.Fletcher WILL be getting the booby prizes they so richly deserve sent to them.

The Committee would like to thank the following, WESTERN FERRIES OUR SPONSORS, All the bowlers from kindred clubs who travel from far and wide to participate in the competition IN ALL SORTS OF WEATHER. Also, members who assisted in the preparation of the green and surrounds, members and non members who worked so hard throughout the day. It is greatly appreciated.

A heartfelt thanks to all,without your input the day would not happen.

J.Robinson (sec).

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