Ardentinny Renewables Trust Membership Drive

It was reported at the current community council’s final meeting that Ardentinny Renewables Trust (ART) expects very soon to be in receipt of the first tranche of funds from the village’s two hydro energy projects.

ART secretary, Neil Robinson, said they anticipate receiving approximately £5,000 from Hydrover and £2,000 from Ross MacArthur’s project by the end of May, 2018 and that the Trust will be circulating a newsletter to all residents within the next two weeks in an effort to encourage and increase Trust membership.

Any Ardentinny resident with a community project may apply for funds from the Trust but must be a member to do so. Membership is free and how to apply for a grant will be explained at the upcoming ART AGM on 22 May 2018, to which all are welcome.


Ardentinny Community Council

[Update 27 April, 2018]

Ardentinny Community Council By-Election – change of dates for nominations.

The nomination period is now 9-24 May and nomination forms should be lodged with the Returning Officer by 4.00 p.m. on 24 May 2018. Anyone interested in standing for election should contact the election office at or telephone 01546 604331.

Community Council elections for all community councils within Argyll and Bute took place in March/April,2018, the results of which saw the majority in Cowal and Bute uncontested. However, in the case of Ardentinny, the community council remains inquorate. Consequently, a by-election will be held on 28 June with the nomination period running from 8 until 28 May closing date. It is hoped that a sufficient number of candidates will come forward to enable Ardentinny to continue to have a community council.
Contact for further information.


National Park Elections

Ardentinny residents, and therefore residents of the The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, will have received information on the Park’s upcoming election of new Board members. Candidates need not live within the Park but must be aged 21 or over and have the support of 10 people eligible to vote within the Ward they are standing.
If you are interested in standing as a candidate to become one of five locally-elected members, download a nomination pack from or pick one up from Argyll and Bute Council, Customer Services, 22 Hill Street Dunoon from 10 May 2018. Completed nomination packs should be returned to the Park by 4 p.m. on 31 May 2018.

In the event that more than one candidate stands in your Ward an election by postal ballot will take place. Ballot papers should arrive on or around 14 June and should be returned by post by 4 p.m. 5 July 2018.

Glenfinart Walled Garden Easter Fun Day 2018 – Highlights

Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Easter Fun Day marked a sunny and successful start to the Garden’s open season. The sunny weather may have been a contributing factor in attracting large numbers to the event but, once there, fun activities and attractions were in abundance.

The fun kicked off with an Easter egg hunt followed by egg and spoon races and an Easter Bonnet competition. In addition the kids enjoyed egg painting, seed planting and throwing a pot with resident ceramicist, Bill Williamson. Meanwhile the adults shopped at a variety of stalls, enjoyed a live performance by Clair Tierney and were nourished in the Tea Tent and Burger Bar all within the stunning surroundings of Glenfinart Walled Garden and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The day’s success was made possible by the tireless efforts of Ardentinny Community Trust, its energetic group of volunteers and generous donations by Cooperative Food, Morrisons and i-rent (Argyll First). The garden is once more open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4.30 pm. and at other times, by appointment. For enquiries or requests to visit the garden contact Anna on 01369 810238 or any other Trustee. Email and follow us on and at


Ready for the BIG day!

The stage is quite literally set for Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked hard over the past weeks to bring the garden back from its winter hibernation. Special thanks also to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park volunteers who gave up their Saturday to drive many miles to help out at the garden. A special mention also to the event sponsors.. Coop Food, Morrisons and i-rent (Argyll 1st). Thank you for your contributions. There’s lots to do for all the family plus some great music on the new stage!

Easter Fun Day kicks off at 1pm on Sunday at Glenfinart Walled Garden. We hope to be streaming the event live on the Facebook page.

Helpers and National Park volunteers on Saturday

This Sunday – Easter Fun Day @ Glenfinart Walled Garden

It’s free entry this weekend to Glenfinart Walled Garden as Ardentinny Community Trust host their popular Easter Fun Day. With lots for the family to do including Easter Egg Hunt, Egg & Spoon Races, Easter Bonnet Parade along with LIVE music, it’s a day not to be missed. The fun starts at 1pm on Sunday!


Stronvochlan B&B 1931

The photograph above was taken at “The Bothy” Stronvochlan, circa 1931. This appears to be the house that is now known as Ambleside Cottage, Ardentinny.

Ian MacPherson-Blane who kindly provided us with the photograph, describes the scene.. “The man in the doorway was the cook for the Bothy and looked after whoever was staying there, gamekeepers or forestry workers. The three children in their bare feet in front of him are my mother (Margaret MacPherson) and her brothers Donnie and Jackie. The three well dressed children with shoes are the holidaymakers who were staying at Seaview (now “Keeper’s Cottage”) where my mother’s mother would look after them. Probably the forerunner of the bed and breakfast industry”.