Weaving Home ~ Traditional Plaid Made In Tarbert

Right in the heart of  Tarbert the traditional art of weaving is taking place here in the hills of Kintyre.

Weaving Home creates Plaids, Shawls, Scarves, Decorative throws for the sofa or bed  as well as other items with colours inspired by natural landscapes surrounding their home.

Weaving home logo
Weaving Home Logo  Illustration by Fiona Mary Graham


Jonathan Arnot (AKA Jonty) tells how Parkinsons forced him to change his work and move to weaving on his Etsy Profile Page

Parkinson’s disease forced retraining as a weaver – my workshop is at the back of my house set within the bounds of the ancient Tarbert castle in mid Kintyre Scotland.
I really enjoy being creative and get a great amount of satisfaction from creating beautiful shawls inspired by local scenery and colour.
Formerly an engineer I have modified traditional weaving tools to help overcome hand tremors.
I hope you enjoy my shawls as much as I enjoyed making them.

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On the Weaving Home Facebook Page there are regular updates and photos showing the Weaving Home Products from thread strand to creation.

Jontys engineering skills are never far away and often appear during the creation process.

JC Rennie yarns, Weaving Home, tarbert, Traditional Craft
JC Rennie Yarns Custom Storage by Jonty


Yarn by J.C. Rennie, Scotland. Supersoft 2/11.3 and Shetland 2/9 weaving yarns are used and characterised by Scotland’s weather.
Natural crabbing and fat yarns will blend with use and add to the unique character of each individual Scottish hand woven garment. Made within the bounds of Robert the Bruce’s Castle, Tarbert.
The shawls and scarves will soften with use.
Washing instructions are included.

Weaving Home has featured on the news, here the Press Reader Campbeltown Courier Tells how it all began.

Since then Weaving Home continues to grow and has sold products to many other countries!

How does Jonty cope with Parkinsons while working?

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As you can see, he does it with a fantastic sense of humour and a positive attitude!

To order, arrange a visit or for more information contact Jonty and Catriona at Weaving Home
Telephone 01880 820341

TT100-Please Bring Our Boys Back Home Song Release 5th March

A host of Tarbert musicians and song writers have come together to produce a single dedicated to the Nancy Glen campaign.

The single, recorded at the Templar Hall in Tarbert on Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11, will be released with the title ‘#TT100 Bring Our Boys Back Home.

Edited to add song is now available to purchase on itunes or here

Visit The Argyllshire Advertiser for more on this story.

Press Release by Silvio Gigante 

The musicians from the Local Fishing Community of Tarbert-Kintrye Scotland, have pulled together to produce this timeless classic.

TT100-Please Bring Our Boys Back Home. A song written and produced by Silvio Gigante and Simon Greatbatch with support from various Local Musicians (Loch Fyne Pipe Band) and the beautiful vocals of Beatrice Catherine, Tarbert Academy Choir and Beth Atkinson.

The song is a tribute to remember Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk who sadly lost their lives on the 18th of January 2018 in a fishing boat tragedy.

All sales from this record will go to the families and their memorial of choice. We understand that no amount of money can replace the lives of those lost, but hope they can see that they are not alone.

This is a tribute to the Nancy Glen and Kintyre in Scotland as a whole. So please support this record by purchasing and downloading a copy of the single or as many as you wish. All sales will be going to Clyde Fishermen’s Association. Who have been Amazing so far.

The community have raised nearly £250k+ in a crowd funding effort. The community have been AMAZING and you should all be proud.

The Song will be released on Itunes “Please Bring Our Boys Back home”. On the 5th of March and is available for pre order from today- link to follow. We have support from Deacon Blue, Alex Salmond and Argyll FM. We are also pushing for other media avenues- so will keep you posted.

If you require a CD please ask someone who can purchase a copy on your behalf (As a download) and on receipt of purchase we can arrange a CD for you. You will need to have proof of purchase from iTunes/Spotify and such please.

We would appreciate all public/community support by buying a copy of this beautiful song. Please share, like and spread the word on all multi media platforms. This is your opportunity to create an everlasting legacy and tribute for the families affected by such tragedies.

We need to sell as many copies of the song in order to chart it and what a legacy this would be if achieved. This is your chance to make history and let this beautiful song be the SOUND OF KINTYRE.

This song is a beautiful tribute using the best of Scottish musicality with all the classic melodies of a cultured POP song.

It would be Amazing if we could hit the charts but WE NEED EVERYONE ON BOARD. When the link has been shared please share and show your love and support this song. Lets make this go viral!!!

This truly has been an inspirational effort from all local musicians, singers and WELL DONE!. I hope you enjoy the song and feel the energy, love and passion within this song.

With respect and love to the communities of Argyll, Kintyre, Scotland and the World. Please support this fantastic song and give the families and children of the families, a beautiful legacy that they will never forget!

Further details and links to buy a copy will follow soon

Queensgate 3 Bedroom Victorian Holiday Villa

Amidst a stunning backdrop, this spacious Victorian first floor holiday villa sits only yards from the Loch Fyne shoreline and boasts panoramic views over Loch Fyne and the Cowal Peninsula.

Tarbert, the gateway to Kintyre, offers local shops, pubs and restaurants and local events include the  Scottish Series yacht race, Tarbert Music Festival and Tarbert Fair.

The Kintyre Peninsula is renowned for its rugged beauty and beautiful beaches with The Kintyre Way.

Along 100 miles over 4-7 days you can discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, woods & forests, castles & fishing villages and an abundance of wildlife. Stretching from Tarbert in the North to Machrihanish in the South, the seven graded & way-marked sections offer a variety of walking terrain from serious hiking to gentle rambles.

It is in an ideal location to explore the local area, including the villages of Skipness with its castle and seafood shack, Carradale, Campbeltown, Machrihanish with its world-famous golf course and the Mull of Kintyre. Ferries to the islands of Islay, Gigha, Jura and Arran are easily accessed as is the ferry to Ireland from Campbeltown.

Wildlife is abundant with red squirrels, sika and roe deer, feral goats and a large variety of birdlife, including red grouse, hen harriers, buzzards and Eagles.

Machrihanish is also home to the Sea Bird and Wildlife Observatory. Seals and otters are seen regularly, and whale watching tours are available from Campbeltown in the summer months. There are also many golf courses nearby, including the links course at Machrihanish. Beach 20 yards. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

For further details and to book online click here!

QUEENSGATE, Tarbert: Holiday cottage for rent. View 17 photos, book online with traveller protection with the manager – 3573930

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Cnochachanach Cottage The Blissfully Peaceful Break

A perfectly peaceful retreat. Just 10 miles from the heart of Tarbert is the very small and secluded village, Ardpatrick,

The village is built along the north western shore of West Loch Tarbert.

Ardpatrick Point forms a headland at the north of West Loch Tarbert and looks south west to the island of Gigha.

Ardpatrick is as beautiful as it is peaceful with miles of forests and country walks, pretty little secluded beaches and sandy bays.

An ideal getaway for a romantic break.

Cnocachanach Cottage, is a cosy, detached cottage located in the remote village Ardpatrick, near to Tarbert.

The cottage consists of one double bedroom with an ensuite shower, basin and WC, and can sleep two people.

The rest of the cottage is made up of an open plan living space with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a woodburning stove.

To the outside off the cottage is off road parking for two cars and an enclosed garden with a decking area. Located in a stunning part of Scotland, Cnocachanach Cottage is the perfect tranquil getaway all year round.

CNOCACHANACH COTTAGE, with open fire in Tarbert, Ref 958924. Holiday cottage for rent with the added security of our fraud protection. 8366589

Source: CNOCACHANACH COTTAGE, with open fire in Tarbert,

Part 8, The Nancy Glen Campaign Continues

A coffee morning was held at Templar Arts And Leisure Centre, at the time of going to press they had raised £13,000!

Nancy Glen’ coffee afternoon in the Templars Hall, Tarbert.
Nancy Glen coffee afternoon in the Templar Hall, Tarbert.

An incredible amount from such a small village!

TALC Coffee morning, fundraiser. Photo from Argyllshire advertiser

On the 3rd of February a candle was was switched on by Mathew Ramsay of the Fishermen’s Mission at the harbour and will stay on until the men are returned to their families.

The candle is housed in a case which features photographs of the missing men, thought to be still aboard the wreck, and the Nancy Glen itself.

Robert Macleod thanked everyone for coming in the Tarbert Facebook group.

Thank you all for coming tonight.

As I said this evening [Tarbert] you are a remarkable village and people! Every day since the 18th January 2018, when the Nancy Glen sunk in the waters of Lochfyne ‘All Things Tarbert’ reminds me and others of your heart and generosity.

Thank you for turning out tonight because it communicates your continuing compassion, sympathy and solidarity to Gosia, Dawn and their children as well as the extended MacDougal family that you are with them, thinking of them, feeling for them and living with the same hope as them – that we will be able to bring the boys home.

We gathered tonight to do something very symbolic! Light a candle – a candle that will remain lit until that moment of the boys return becomes a reality.

Candles do not talk but they speak! They have a variety of spiritual and symbolic meanings: adoration, love, sacrifice, joy, hope and mourning to name but a few – and without using words they speak. When Mathew Ramsay, Fishermen’s Mission representative lit the candle on the quay tonight it spoke to many hurting hearts. Doubtless, it will continue to speak to our community until the boys are home.
Again, our thanks to Catriona Hood and Kenny MacNab for their contributions – most of all our thanks to you for coming along on a cold winter’s night. May what we did tonight be the first and last time we have to do so!

The Loch Fyne Pipe Band have posted a cryptic message on their page, so keep an eye on their page for further details of the project!

On the official Nancy Glen Fundraising Facebook Page, one kind fellow fisherman has offered his car as a raffle prize, so do buy a ticket!

There is also an auction for you to bid on a luxurious break at  La Casa De Abajo Villa, Costa del Sol

The Lodge Loch Fyne 754 raised over £1000 with their coffee morning this morning!

Scottish Canals are holding a fundraising raffle!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Donate whatever you can on the Just Giving Site here 
  2. Send a screen shot as proof of entry that has your name and the amount you’ve donated with the text “Scottish Canals raffle” to Helen.Cunningham@scottishcanals.co.uk
  3. You’ll then receive one raffle number by email for every £10 donated
  4. We’ll hold the draw on the 01/04/2018 electronically using a random picker
  5. Winners notified by email


  1. A 2 week licence for use on any Scottish Canal.
  2. Crinan Canal return transit
  3. Trip for 4 on the Falkirk Wheel including lunch to a value of £40
  4. Free entry for 4 to the Kelpies
  5. Others to be announced

To be continued

If you are fundraising for the Nancy Glen Campaign and I have not yet covered your event you can leave a message below or contact me direct.

I still have many more to add so bookmark Tarbert Online and check back soon.

Part 7 Of The Nancy Glen Campaign

Gayle Campbell, Alfie, Busking, Fundraising, Tarbert, Fishermen, Nancy Glen TT100
Alfie Busking by Gayle Campbell

Almost a month has passed since the Nancy Glen sank with two crew members aboard.

So many people have thrown themselves into fundraisers to help raise funds to bring the boys home.

I plan to cover them all, as every effort is appreciated.

I hadn’t thought for a moment what a huge task keeping track of them all would be, so many fantastic people, thank you, each and every one.

Above is Alfie, Busking outside Lochgilphead Co-Op and managed to raise £194.49 for the Nancy Glen Campaign!

The Carradale Scouts sent messages of love and sympathy.

Robert Macleod‎,Carradale Scouts, Messages,
Messages of support from the Carradale Scouts

While at Tarbert Academy, they organised a non uniform day and raised over £400 and raised over £100 more with a collection bucket at the Argyll and Bute awards at Helensburgh.

There will also be another fundraising event by Tarbert Academy in March.

Mirrin and Sophie both just 8 years old, walked from Westport Beach to Macrihanish and raised over £2500!

Mirrin And Sophie, nancy Glen Fundraiser
Mirrin And Sophie Walked From Westport Beach to Macrihanish

Robert Crumlish posted in all things Tarbert from Mull

Hello folks. We had a fundraising weekend raising money for the Nancy Glen fund. Lots of people in Mull got involved including the schools. They raised an amazing £971 collectively. We had a raffle with some brilliant prizes kindly donated by people across Mull and beyond. We are very pleased to announce that the total raised so far is £5110. Also a cheque from Calmac for £100 which we will send on tomorrow along with the transfer of the other funds. We plan on holding more events soon to add some much needed funds to the pot. On behalf of myself, JohnLindsay and Johnny, I would like to thank everyone who has helped us reach this amazing target. Much love from one fishing community to another. Xx

A friend in Helensburgh sent me this photo Players, coaches, family and friends of HelensburghFC are walking round Helensburgh on a sponsored 2 mile walk to raise money for the families of the Nancy GlenHelensbu On Sunday 4th February

Families and friends of Helensburgh FC plan to do a 2 mile walk in memory of the Nancy Glen fishing Boat and to raise funds to help the families of those affected.

The Nancy Glen fishing boat of Tarbert was tragically taken by the West Coast of Scotland waters it fished. One fisherman survived, sadly the two other crew Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk have not been found although it’s thought they were on the vessel which now lies on the seabed.

The families wish to retrieve their loved ones as soon as possible,which will take great resource. In addition the fishermen have left wives and young children behind. Helensburgh FC have forged strong links with both the football and also wider community of Tarbert and we want to help do all we can to assist these families at this time and in the future. We ask for support in this task. Please give generously so that these families may lay their men to rest and that their children are supported through the tough times ahead.

I would ask that as many of you as possible donate anything you can and join us on the walk through Helensburgh.


Continue to part 8

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae Showing In Tarbert

Andy Paterson will be performing at the Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert

Willie MacRae died in 1985, in mysterious circumstances that have never been resolved. A Scot, he was an officer in the Royal Navy, a lawyer, academic, anti-nuclear SNP activist and politician. His work creating a legal maritime framework for Israel and as an academic in Haifa led to the title of the play.

MacRae is remembered for his mysterious death, in which his car crashed in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands and he was found to be fatally shot in the head by a revolver that was found some distance away. The official verdict was undetermined.

Andy Paterson is an actor, playwright and musician – 3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae was premiered in Edinburgh at the Festival Fringe in 2011 and was last performed there in 2016.

Willie  MacRae, Andy Paterson, Actor, Performing, Tarbert
Andy Paterson Performs 3000 Trees, the death of Willie MacRae

The Nancy Glen Campaign Continues (Part 6)

Ardminish Stores and Yurt Experience on the Isle Of Gigha set up a raffle for their very rare Bottle No. 180 Spirit of Gigha Whisky,

Thank you to everyone whom has taken a number so far. There are 18 tickets left, each one a chance to take home a very rare piece of community history, Bottle No. 180 Spirit of Gigha Whisky, and support the families of the tragic Nancy Glen. This Whisky cannot be bought on the open market and so is a very rare bottle and a rare opportunity to own!!

PLEASE PLEASE visit Ardminish Stores & Yurt Experience Facebook Page and buy one of the remaining 18 numbers for your chance to win Bottle No. 180 of Limited Edition Spirit of Gigha Whisky

Thank you 💙

Loch Fyne Pipe Band Have donated their weekly subscription and are asking you to get in touch if they can help with any fundraising events.

The Corner House, Tarbert are having a fun quiz night this Saturday, all money taken at the till is going to the Nancy Glen Fund

Continue to part 7

There are many more yet to be added to this series, if you haven’t seen your fundraiser for the Nancy Glen Families please send me a message with your details either in the comments below or via email

The Nancy Glen Campaign Continues (Part 5)

Clachan Village Hall have organised a coffee evening, with baking, raffles all funds raised dedicated to the crew and families of the Nancy Glen.


Coffee Evening Clachan Village Hall, Fundraiser, nancy Glen, Families and crew
Coffee Evening Clachan Village Hall


A post by Helen Gilchrist was also shared to the All Things Tarbert facebook group;

The Amazing amount of £5600 was raised for The Nancy Glen ,between the quiz at Stronvaar & the squares we sold on Friday at the coop & also all the many donations ,There’s to many names to thank everyone & I would hate to miss out anyone..So a huge thank you to every one of you who gave so willingly..its a great wee toon…Our Thoughts are with Tarbert..💕

Campbeltown Grammar School made a donations box to keep in the foyer

Donations, Campbeltown Grammar Scholl, Nancy Glen Campaign
After thoughtful suggestions by pupils, there will be a collection in aid of the Nancy Glen Fund in the school foyer all this week.

Clachan Calamities are  Fund raising for NANCY GLEN fund

We hope to be able to emulate some of the fantastic work that has been done so far. Well done !

Tarbert’s own “MRS BROWN” says,


A proportion of ticket sales will be donated to #bringourboyshome

BOTANICA RESTAURANT with ROOMS are hosting a fundraising lunch.

Nancy Glen Fundraiser Lunch @ Botanica
Saturday 3rd of February from 11am till 2.30pm

Our wonderful suppliers will donate food which we will cook and serve, 100% of the takings from the lunch will be donated to the fund .
Menu won’t have prices – you just pay what you want. 
Please join us and help raise the funds that are desperately needed for our neighbours in Tarbert .
We would like to help, as a family, as business, as local people, as parents, we really hope everyone on Saturday can come and support

The Brow Clinic Argyll also organised a fundraiser;

I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered the competitions I ran for the Nancy Glen campaign.

I have been working in Tarbert for a while now and have a lovely client base there, I am so pleased to have been able to help and give something back.

I am sure I speak for a lot of people when I say this awful tragedy has touched many people and I can only give my heart felt condolences to the families affected.

I am pleased to say I have managed to raise £520 and I will be donating it to the just giving page later today.

Again thank you to everyone who entered and my apologies to the people who didn’t get a number.

I will hopefully be doing a live video on here later today for the winners of the competitions so please keep an eye out.

Good luck


Continue to part 6

The Nancy Glen Campaign Continues (Part 4)

Laura McConnachie posted in the All Things Tarbert Facebook group

“#TT100Bringourboyshome Botanist Lucky Squares

As some of my friends will know and some may not but I come from Tarbert, the village that was left devastated by a fishing tragedy on Thursday 18th January. I have been posting and sharing lots for the Nancy Glen #TT100Bringourboyshome campaign to help support our friends who have lots their husbands and children’s daddies.

To understand a little more, I have attached a short video on the events that unfolded.

We as a family have purchased a case of ‘The Botanist’ (Gin) which has been personalised for the campaign.

500 lucky squares are available at £20 per square. Once all 500 squares have been purchased I will have a live draw selecting the winner. Payment can be made to myself in person or via the justgiving link below. Please post or pm justgiving payment confirmation to show you have made the donation.


Please only comment on the original post to secure your lucky square number. I will update regularly with free numbers. You name and contact number is required.

Please like and share.

Thank you so much in advance for your support.

Aty, Margaret, Allan, Anna, Peter, Laura & Family xx”


Created by Caitlin is running a facebook auction for her  picture of the Nancy Glen TT100, burnt on basswood canvas,

Allan Blair is running a raffle to raise funds

#tt100 update raffle prize list
Prizes thus far as follows although may be more to come:
1. Painting by Stuart herd
2. 6 bottles of wine
3. Ladies watch & bracelet set
4. Litre of blue label vodka
5. Bottle blue label vodka
6. Bottle vodka
7. Bottle whisky
8. Bottle of Bacardi
9. Bottle of dark rum
10. Bottle of champagne
11. 2x bottles of white wine
12. Bottle of cava with 2 boxes raffaello chocs
13. Prosecco & candle holder set
14. Toiletries set & bag of hair products
15. Tin of biscuits & sweets
16. Ladies dolce & gabbana blue perfume
17. Mr Burberry eau de parfum
18. Issey miyake limited edition eau de toilette
19. Laithwaites wine & champagne boxes gift set
20. TOP PRIZE – golf flag from one of the pins at the 2014 Ryder cup signed by Curtis strange!

The latest prize hopefully appeals to all golf fans out there!

A quick look on the just giving page shows so far at least £200,00 has been raised!

Continue to part 5