Loch Fyne from Crarae Gardens near Minard
Loch Fyne from Crarae Gardens near Minard
West Loch Fyne Community Council
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11/11 1918-2018

Thank you to Margaret Sinclair for leading the service at Tullochgorm this morning and to all those who braved the rain to join us. Thanks also to Scott our Lone Piper from Mid-Argyll Pipe Band, who always makes our outdoor remembrance service so special. Even the rams in the field stood to attention. 


"We will Remember Them".

Merry Christmas to all our website visitors.

West Loch Fyne Community Council wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


This is Sir Islay's Christmas tree planted over 75 years ago at Crarae. The photo was taken in the snow earlier in December. For more snowy Crarae pictures see the December gallery in the Friends of Crarae website. www.friendsofcrarae.com

Look what was spotted in our patch of Loch Fyne over Halloween weekend!

Orchids and Butterflies at Loch Glashan

Bluebells at Tullochgorm War Memorial - 9th May 17

March 1st walk along the Crinan Canal from Ardrishaig to Oakfield Bridge and back

Happy New Year to all West Loch Fyne residents and visitors! What a beautiful day to kick 2017 off with. Here is a selection of pictures from New Years Day morning.

The Friends of Crarae Annual Carol Concert was held on the 15th December 2016 in the Visitor Centre.


The Dalriada Singers entertained a packed house with Carols, Choral music and Festive readings, poems and an ingenious Jingle Bells piano duet (one keyboard!).


The hot mince-pies and mulled fruit punch were a welcome relief from the blustery evening. In all the takings were in the region of £390 so thank you to everyone who attended, took part and gave of their precious time to make this event such a success.

Apologies to Dunadd community council for stealing their 'territory' but just have to share otters near the Islandadd Bridge at Bellanoch!

Sunrise over Loch Fyne - thanks to Jan Burgess for sharing this beautiful start to the day!

A walk from Port Ann to West Otter Ferry

Minard Primary School Newsletter from September 2016
Minard Marvel Newsletter 230916.pdf
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The final service was held in Lochfyneside Church on the 10th July 2016. This little church, designed by RR Speirs of Glasgow and made of corrugated iron, was built in 1910. An article in the Argyllshire Advertiser on the 22nd July described the origins of the church, items within it and provided some background to some of those who had worshipped there over the years.


Thanks to David Fyfe Jackson for the photographs.

The stained glass window in Lochfyneside Church, designed by Sax Shaw, will be saved along with the pulpit, built from an ash tree from Crarae.

The Leacainn Walk - Early May

A few of the highlights at Crarae Gardens in April

Out on the Loch!

Sunshine and Showers = ?

Happy Valentines Day!

A newly cleared viewpoint walk at Port Ann on the way to West Otter Ferry - perfect for seal spotting!

A New Years Walk in Crarae Gardens! Happy 2016....

Windsurfing in the snow!

Whilst a lot of the residents of West Loch Fyne were working hard on 'brain storming' for the A'Chruach Community Fund Community Plan, more intrepid visitors were braving the snow on the water at Lochgair.

Standing Room Only! After an absence of four years, carols returned to Crarae.

Thursday’s Christmas Music evening organised by the Friends of Crarae was a resounding success. The audience was met with a welcoming glass of Christmas punch and mince pies. After a chance to mingle in the crowd and purchase raffle tickets, we were entertained by The Dalriada Singers with a generous mixture of popular carols, Christmas-related music from around the world, Christmas readings and a piano duet. The Dalriada Singers were directed by John Marsden and accompanied by Bruce Weir. Around 50 people attended the evening, raising just under £ 500 for the charity. Thank you to everyone for making the evening at Crarae so enjoyable.

The Fyne Art Club held their Christmas meeting on Wednesday 9th December in Minard Village Hall. Members contributed to the fantastic Christmas fare you can spy in the photograph!

A Suprise Visit

Regulars at Nettas Coffee morning received a suprise visit from the pupils of Minard Primary School and were entertained by poetry, singing and dance - there was even a group hokey kokey. After their exertions the pupils were refuelled by mince pies and mango juice!

Minard Village Hall receiving some last minute repairs (what rain!) and preparations for the upcoming coffee morning and the senior citizens' Christmas dinner! (see the Noticeboard for more information).

Next Community Council  meeting:

3rd September 2024 in Minard VIllage Hall at 19:00. Please check the Community Council Meetings page for more information. 





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