Scotland Sailings Aboard Paddle Steamer Waverley

WAVERLEY SPRING & WESTERN ISLES 2018
Waverley’s 2018 Spring & Western Isles timetable is online now! Please visit http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/plan-your-trip/scotland/ for more information and to book at 2017 prices.

Scotland Sailings – Paddle Steamer Waverley. Western Isles, Clyde, Glasgow, Waverley Excursions Ltd. Discover the Lochs and Islands. Boat, tours, cruises.

Source: Scotland sailings aboard Paddle Steamer Waverley

Winter Is Coming!

The first dusting of snow arrived yesterday, below is a stunning photograph of the  Ballymeanoch Standing Stones inspiring the Kilmartin Museum Winter images series. 

The two alignments at Ballymeanoch are the most visible part of a concentration of ancient monuments in the immediate area.

If you are in the area you must visit Kilmartin Glen, the Kilmartin Museum Cafe is open until Dec 23rd this year, so you can warm up with some tasty soup and do some Christmas shopping while you are there!

If you cannot visit just yet you can enjoy the series of winter images Kilmartin Museum are sharing on their Facebook page.
Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. With over 800 historic monuments, cairns, standing stones, stone circles and rock art dating back over 5000 years!

Archaeology

http://www.kilmartin.org/events/

 

Etching History for Outlander One Glass at a Time | Outlander Cast

For the full article see link below.

Upon leaving school in the late 1970s, Wilma began her apprenticeship at Edinburgh Crystal. The artistry involved in this kind of work is so specific that I asked Wilma what appealed to her about the process of glass engraving. “It is a two-dimensional form of art and very challenging, which is why I really like it.” Interestingly, Wilma also does illustrations, paintings, and carves etchings for shepherds’ crooks and walking sticks. Given the propensity of sheep and hill walkers in Scotland, I can see why this additional skill might prove useful!

“They initially wanted 24 glasses in a week’s time!,” Wilma says. “After I explained to them this wasn’t possible, I engraved four glasses to start with and then completed the rest in short order. After the glasses, I went on to engrave a decanter and a portrait glass.”

Wilma MacKenzie

 

So, what are Jacobite Glasses, you ask? According to the Corning Museum of Glass, Jacobite Glasses were 18th century drinking vessels most often used for toasting Prince Charles Edward Stuart a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Charlie, a.k.a. the “Young Pretender.” As Claire Randall correctly pointed out in Outlander Season 1, the term “Jacobite” is derived from the Latin for “James” referring to James Edward Stuart—King James VIII—the Bonnie Prince’s exiled father. Supporters of the King were referred to as “Jacobites.” Before the defeat of the Bonnie Prince and his armies in 1746, Jacobite glasses were usually engraved with the English rose, representing the Crown, and an optimistic motto such as “Redeat” (Latin for “May he return.”) After 1746 some of the glasses contained cryptic symbols and messages. More from Wilma on that later!

It was just over two years ago when Wilma got a call from one of the props managers from the Outlander production team asking if she could engrave Jacobite glass. Wilma’s friends, Mike and Sue Hunter at Twist Glass Studio in Selkirk made the glasses and then passed Wilma’s name along to Outlander as someone who could do the engravings.

Glass artist Wilma MacKenzie talks about etching history from her Scotland studio as she helped recreate the Jacobite glasses in Outlander Season 2.

Source: Etching History for Outlander One Glass at a Time | Outlander Cast

Argyll and Bute bids to be Scotland’s third National Park – Sunday Post

Argyll and Bute Council wants to create a massive conservation area stretching from the tiny islands of Tiree and Coll all the way to the west Kintyre coast.

Covering an area of roughly 2650 square miles, it would become the UK’s largest National Park.

Although much of it would extend into the ocean, as Scotland’s first coastal park it would dwarf Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and would also be bigger than the Cairngorms, which sprawls across 1748 square miles of mountain terrain and is currently the largest in Britain.

Campaigners welcomed the plans, insisting they would “boost the image of Scotland, reinforce its image worldwide and increase the public’s commitment to conservation”.

John Mayhew, manager of Scotland National Parks Strategy Project, said: “We’ve been campaigning for four years. Having a National Park would look after our beautiful landscapes. It would encourage tourists to visit and spend money and it would create jobs for people in maintaining the park.”

Source: Argyll and Bute bids to be Scotland’s third National Park – Sunday Post

Firework Display

Tarbert Firework Display

The Beilding 7 PM

Under new management, this year the firework display will be held on the 3rd November at the beilding.

Refreshments availavble at the outdoor gym or fire station.

The Loch Fyne Pipe Band will be playing from 6:30 at the outdoor gym

Fundraising for next years display.

Loch Fyne Pipe band, tarbert, Tarbert Loch Fyne, Fire station, Outdoor gym, Beilding
Tarbert Firework Display

 

Gallery of Old Photographs Of Tarbert

Cottage, Baluachdrach, Old Photo, Historical Photos, Tarbert Loch Fyne, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, West Coast, Scottish Highlands
Cottage at Baluachdrach

A trip down memory lane, beautiful photographs from Tarbert.

If you have any you would like to see added to this collection please contact me and I will add them , with full credit to the photo’s going to you.

To view greater detail, just click on the images to enlarge to full size.

The pictures in this gallery have been collected from public internet images, if any pictures in here belong to you please contact me so I can add your details to them.

Some of these images appear on other websites, check out

https://www.paddlesteamers.org/scottish/waverleys-sabbath-trip-to-tarbert/

http://tour-scotland-photographs.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.thecastlesofscotland.co.uk/the-best-castles/scenic-castles/tarbert-castle/

https://hiveminer.com/User/Angela%20Towndrow/Timeline

Traditional Boat Festival 2017

Shemaron classic boatVisit Tarbert Harbour for the annual Traditional Boat Festival.

Traditional boats decorated with flags come from all over the UK to take part.

Take a walk along the pontoons and learn more about the history of the boats, enjoy refreshments, craft stalls, fresh food and live music at the marquee.

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Friday 14 July

Open stage at the marquee 8pm

Saturday 15 July 10am-6pm at the pontoons and the marquee

Visit the traditional boats

See the woodworking demos

Traction Engines

Visit the various stalls.

Try your luck on the greasy pole!

Enjoy freshly made food.

Join in with the community Ceilidh.

Sunday 16th July at 12 Noon

Traditional Boats leave Tarbert Harbour for the Loch Fyne sail by.

Vic32 Clyde Puffer

The History Of The VIC32

Save The Puffer

 

Vikings at Tarbert (8 of 73)

More about the Festival from around the web…

https://journeytoscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/tarbert-traditional-boat-festival.html

http://www.exploreargyll.co.uk/event/540/tarbert-traditional-boat-festival-2017

https://www.facebook.com/www.tarberttraditionalboatsfestival.org.uk/

http://www.westlochshores.com/events/

https://www.calmac.co.uk/events/loch-fyne-boat-festival

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/events/tarbert-traditional-boat-festival-p1353041

Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival 2015

http://www.starfishroomstarbert.co.uk/tarbert_festivals.html

https://robinetta-log.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/tarbert-traditional-boat-festival.html

 

http://www.shipshapenetwork.org.uk/news.php/566/tarbert-traditional-boat-festival-2017

http://www.sailscotland.co.uk/events

http://www.struan-house-lochfyne.co.uk/location.php

Timetable For The Seafood Festival and New Site Updates

Click Me To Go To The Seafood Festival Timetable

As always in Tarbert there is plenty happening, the Seafood Festival this weekend!
Celebrations, crowning of Queens live music competitions and lots of fun and entertainment click here for full details!


Details for all events are being added to the new website, so bookmark it and sign up to subscribe to new posts.

The offer of a totally free full website page for your local business is still running, the pages are being updated on the new site, go to www.tarbert.online and see the menu on the left for the local business directory.

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Kilberry Scarecrow Festival

We took a drive along the Kilberry Road for the scarecrow festival.
As always there was quite a good mix, including a brilliant Tim Peake/Rocket man David Bowie!
Marvel Superhero’s with an epic battle between Batman and Spiderman!
We found Donald Trump, Trumping and Jack Sparrow chillin’ on the hill.

A few had been battered from the strong wind the night before but most had survived.
The scarecrow festival happens every year and is organised by the Ormsary District Social Club.
Today (Easter Monday) at the hall they are having an Easter event with an Easter Egg trail for the children while serving tea, coffee and homebaking before they announce the winning scarecrow.

I wouldn’t want to be the judge there are so many great ‘crows along the road!

Apologies for those I didn’t manage to photograph, I know there were a few more but I didn’t get the chance to stop off at all of them.

Thanks to everyone that takes part, I look forward to them every year.

Here’s hoping we see even more next year!