We are currently in the process of trying to gain International Dark Sky Accreditation in the hope that it will boost Tourism in and around Lochgilphead, and therefore the local economy. We have identified a number of potential sites but the process of measuring how dark they are can take some time. There are other factors, such as public access and conservation to take into account. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Reinventing the Front Green - plans were underway to re-vamp the Front Green in Lochgilphead and a community consultation has been held. The results of this helped to inform the 2016 Crinan Canal Corridor Charrette and are also feeding into the previously announced A&B Council £3m regeneration fund for Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig and Tarbert. We have made representations to this fund about how our consultation results shape how we think some of this fund should be spent locally and continue to work together with Argyll and Bute Council on the designs for the front green now that they have confirmed that a large portion of the fund will be spent there.
Wind Farms - Community Benefits from wind farms have come to Lochgilphead. The money from this will be allocated to several projects to improve the town and local life. There is a fund now in place to which local groups may apply. for more info and a list of previous successful bids, click HERE.
Lochgilphead Celtic and Pictish Festival - A massive success for the town with an attendance of 250-300. This interactive family day out saw fighting and weapons displays, living history, carving, spinning, weaving, a hog roast and much more. Plans are already underway for next year's event
We played a large part in getting the government to drop controversial plans to change the local council ward boundaries. We campaigned hard on this issue including making many representations to the Boundary Commission and the MSP charged with making the decision.
Petitioning the Council to have the saltire raised on Lochgilphead Front Green - this was granted by Argyll & Bute Council - June 2015
Viking Festival - Lochgilphead - 26th June 2015 - this addition to the Loch Fyne Viking Festival proved to be a huge success, despite the weather in the morning. The Loch Fyne Viking Festival was not held in 2016, giving us the chance to create our own Celtic and Pictish Festival which is more relevant to our own heritage. This event continues to grow and improve each year.