Raise a glass and say #CheerstoRabbie

Scots across the country are being asked to participate in the biggest celebration of world famous poet Robert Burns by raising a toast and saying #CheerstoRabbie.

Strictly embargoed 00.01 Monday 3rd April; Cycling star Mark Beaumont, best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, will take ultra-endurance to another level by circumnavigating the globe in less than half that time.

Beaumont will be attempting to travel 18,000 miles around the world, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July. As a warm up to the Artemis World Cycle, he will first cycle around the coastline of Britain, leaving on 4th April. The 3,500 miles, 15-day training ride will be at 80 days pace, with Beaumont cycling for 16 hours and 240 miles per day.

As part of his mission to travel around the world in 80 days, breaking the current world record of 123 days, set by New Zealands Andrew Nicholson, the Scottish adventurer is raising funds for Orkidstudio, which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction. The journey will also be tracked through Twinkl, a global educational platform for primary schools.

Mark Beaumont lays down cycling challenge

World record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont is calling on families to take up the challenge of ‘Around the world in 10 days’.

Sound commemorate Armistice Day centenary in November 2018, composer Martin Suckling is looking for readers help to sample church bells across Scotland.

Record your church bells for new Scottish composition

Readers are being asked to help create a new classical music composition to commemorate the centenary of armistice in November 2018.

Police Scotland.

Travel with caution advice for drivers

Drivers across Scotland are advised to travel with extra caution, as the latest weather warnings for the country are announced.

Bute author Barry Gornell

Author books major deal

An author from Rothesay is hopeful of a bright future in writing after re-releasing one of his books with the publishing firm behind Ian Rankin.

Rothesay Pavilion

Answers from the Pavilion part 5

As the New Year dawns, it is gratifying to see activity on site at the Pavilion.

New Year jazz concert.

Jazz launches Rothesay into the New Year

No Isle of Bute New Year celebrations would be complete without the strains of high quality jazz drifting over Rothesay Bay from the Victoria Hotel and this year’s 2018 concert had it all and more.

Support for communities

Support for communities

Community groups are being encouraged to submit applications for funding from Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund.

Les Wilson with the hand sewn US flag for the first Tuscania funeral.  It was taken by Jenni in the archive of the Smithsonian Museum of American history in Washington DC. Photo by Jenni Minto.

Book and TV show set to tell the story of the Bute-born American soldier who was among the 200 men who died when their ship was sunk by a German U-boat during the First World War 100 years ago

On February 5, 1918, German submarine UB-77 sank a British troopship, SS Tuscania, between Rathlin Island and Islay. More than 200 men died – most of them young American ‘doughboys’ on their way to the trenches of World War One.

Bute Produce's Ashfield planting site on the southern edge of Rothesay.

Planting begins at Battery Place on Sunday

This Sunday will see an exciting new development on the banks of Rothesay Bay.

Scottish virtuoso percussionist and marimba player Calum Huggan.

Bute Arts Society concert

Scottish virtuoso percussionist and marimba player Calum Huggan will perform a concert presented by Bute Arts Society at Rothesay Joint Campus on Friday.

Anna Coogan

Songwriter set to return

Transclyde Music will welcome Anna Coogan back to Bute on January 28 for a special afternoon concert at Ardbeg Bowling Club from 2pm.

Stop being a stick in the mud...and get down and dirty in it when Tough Mudder returns to Drumlanrig Castle on June 16 and June 17 this year. (Pic: Robert Perry)

Make Scottish charities your New Year resolution

Losing weight, getting in shape, finally packing in the fags. All very worthwhile resolutions to make and keep this year.

Songwriting festival in move to the island aims to strike a chord

Songwriting festival in move to the island aims to strike a chord

An annual songwriting festival is set to move to Bute from Portpatrick next month, bringing two days of music to Rothesay.

Two veterans who took part in a previous tour - now free trips are being offered to all World War Two veterans.

World War Two veterans offered free tours to pay respects to fallen comrades

The travel arm of the Royal British Legion is on a mission to find all surviving veterans of World War Two.

The university students passed on their knowledge to Academy pupils in December as part of Inspiring Science.

Boffins on island visit

A team of science students led by a former Rothesay Academy pupil will return to the island this weekend to spread their knowledge.

Jamie Murray MSYP with Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and the Early Years, along with  Jack Norquoy MSYP for Orkney and Trustee of SYP, and a representative from Who Cares? Scotland.

Jamie Murray, 19 years old, is the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Argyll & Bute

Viv Hamilton
Community Development Worker (Argyll & Bute)
Support in Mind Scotland

Rural mental health tackled

Bute is to benefit from a new project by the mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland and the National Rural Mental Health Forum.

Rothesay Primary School.

School registration dates

Children, who turn five between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019, should be registered for primary school during the week beginning Monday, January 15.

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