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On saving ferries, walking high lands, and waxing irrate

Friday 22nd April 2011
Archetypal Scotland: Eilean Donnan. Courtesy:http://360traveldestinations.com/castles-in-scotland.html

Gaberlunzie has been browsing essential reading to set his mood for the Easter weekend.

He considers that both  For Argyll and Reform Scotland  are among his essential daily reading matter. Together they give an excellent overview and For Argyll forby has a pawky sense of humour!

For Argyll most recently he notes has aimed a swingeing slap at The Herald on its coverage of the school closure issue, and another to Argyll & Bute Head of Education for empire building, as well as neatly suggesting that perhaps since 700 people have sign up to the new Save the Jura Passenger Ferry page on Facebook, this may have helped to crash the council computers!

Actually, perhaps The Herald might just like to rush to the defence of the Jura passenger ferry. It's great that the elections find everyone promising Scotland faster broadband and links across Scotland (Hang in there Barra) but the ability for communities to move around, outside a virtual Scotland, is pretty important as well.

Unto the Lord belongs the Earth
And all that it contains
Except the Kyles and Western Isles
For they belong to MacBraynes

For a dose of Easter reality those lucky enough to be in the wilds and armed with a smart phone, can log onto Walkshighland  with over 1,350 routes (they are not all on Argyll and the Isle of Mull) but let you search throughout Scotland for your own region.

And how about the Tyndrum gold mine?
The John Muir Trust (JMT is worth dipping into for its pictures alone) is reported to cautiously welcome the prospect of revised plans for the Cononish gold mine near  Tyndrum in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Developer Scotgold Resources Ltd issued a letter stating its intention to submit a new application for the mine, to include a Tailings Management Facility (to deal with the excavated waste) “approximately half” the original size.

The waste treatment and its effect on the River Cononish was the main reason for the original planning application refusal by the National Park Authority, backed by protest from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the JMT that all objected to the application on environmental grounds and tourism businesses worried damage to the enviroment would deter tourists to the area.

For those who long for water, beaches and a coastline and wanted a look at Scottish tide tables so as not to run aground or get stranded, there are books and diaries
a-plenty but the National Oceanographic Centre  offers readings for Aberdeen, Kinlochbervie, Leith, Lerwick, Millport, Moray Firth, Port Ellen, Portpatrick, Stornoway, Tobermory Ullapool and Wick. 

And there is indeed a Tide App available as a widget, that has just those ports and tide readings and can be be used on iPhone, (Won't it have fun tracking you against all that tidal water?) Android, and Blackberry. Carpe diem!

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