Argyll and Bute
|Argyll and Bute
Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd
Argyll an Bute
|• Body||Argyll & Bute Council|
|• Control||TBA (council NOC)|
|• Total||2,668 sq mi (6,909 km2)|
|Area rank||Ranked 2nd|
|Population (2010 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 25th|
|• Density||30/sq mi (13/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-AGB|
Argyll and Bute (Scottish Gaelic: Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd pronounced [ɛrˠəˈɣɛːəlˠ̪ akəs̪ pɔːtʲ]) is both one of 32 unitary authority council areas; and a Lieutenancy area in Scotland. The administrative centre for the council area is located in Lochgilphead.
Argyll and Bute covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council.
The present council area was created in 1996, when it was carved out of the Strathclyde region, which was a two-tier local government region of 19 districts, created in 1975. Argyll and Bute merged the existing Argyll and Bute district and one ward of the Dumbarton district. The Dumbarton ward, called 'Helensburgh and Lomond', included the burgh of Helensburgh and consisted of an area to the west of Loch Lomond, north of the Firth of Clyde and mostly east of Loch Long.
The council area can be described also by reference to divisions of the counties which were abolished in 1975. The council area includes most of the county of Argyll (Argyll minus the Morvern area, north of Mull, which became part of the Highland region in 1975), part of the county of Bute (the Isle of Bute) and part of the county of Dunbartonshire (the Helensburgh and Lomond ward).
Towns and villages
- Achahoish Airdeny Appin Ardbeg, Ardbeg Arden Ardfern Aldochlay Ardlui Ardmay Ardgartan Ardpeaton Ardrishaig Arduaine Arrochar
- Barcaldine Bellochantuy Benderloch Blairglas Bonawe Bowmore
- Cairndow Cardross Carradale Clachan Cairnbaan Campbeltown Clachan of Glendaruel Cladich Clynder Colgrain Colintraive Connel Coulport Cove Craigendoran Craighouse Craignure Craobh Haven Crarae Crinan
- Dalavich Dalmally Druimdrishaig Drumlemble Duchlage Dunbeg Dunoon
- Faslane Port Ford Furnace
- Garelochhead Geilston Glenbarr Glenco Glenmallan Grogport
- Innellan Inveraray Inverbeg Inveruglas Isle
- Kames Keillmore Kilberry Kilchenzie Kilcreggan Kilmadan Kilmartin Kilmore Kilmun Kilninver Kilmelford
- Lagavulin Lochawe Lochgair Lochgilphead Lochgoilhead Luss
- Machrihanish Millhouse Minard Muasdale
- Oban Ormsary Otter Ferry
- Peninver Portavadie Port Askaig Port Bannatyne Port Charlotte Port Ellen Portincaple Portnahaven Portkil
- Rahane Rhu Rosneath Rothesay
- Saddell Salen Sandbank Shandon Skipness Southend Stewarton Strachur Succoth
- Tarbert Tarbet Tayinloan Taynuilt Tayvallich Tighnabruaich Tobermory Torinturk Toward
- Whistlefield Whitehouse.
Places of interest
- Argyll Forest Park
- Argyll Mountains
- Arrochar Alps
- Beinn Dorain
- Ben Cruachan
- Ben Cruachan Hydroelectric plant
- Ben Donich
- Carrick Castle
- Castle Stalker
- Castle Sween
- Fincharn Castle
- Fingal's Cave
- Forestry Commission
- Gare Loch and Faslane Naval Base
- Iona Abbey
- Kilchurn Castle
- Kilmartin Glen
- Loch Goil Mountains
- Loch Goil
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- Loch Melfort
- Old Castle Lachlan
- River Orchy
- West Highland Way
- Younger Botanic Garden Benmore
- Davaar Island
- Glunimore Island
- Lunga, Treshnish Isles
- Lunga, Firth of Lorn
- Seil (which is not always regarded as an island)
- Sheep Island
- Shuna in the Firth of Lorne
- Shuna in Appin
Dunoon-based Western Ferries ply the busy Dunoon to Gourock route. Caledonian MacBrayne ran in direct competition until June 2011 when fellow David MacBrayne Ltd subsidiary, Argyll Ferries took over a passenger-only service.
Argyll and Bute Council supports the Jura Ferry and directly operates its own ferries on the following routes:
Social Media Spying
In February 2012, the council was criticised for allegedly setting up "Spy" accounts on social media. As a result of the investigation, a council employee was suspended for setting up "fake social media accounts to monitor what was being said about the council". The council's own investigation later confirmed it had "found no evidence of any form of spying or covert surveillance having been carried out by any employee within the council's communication team."
In June 2012, the council was heavily criticised for banning a local primary student, Martha Payne (aged 9), from taking photographs of her school dinners for her online blog. The blog, NeverSeconds, had been praised by the celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, had attracted over two million visits, and at the time of the ban had raised nearly £2,000 for a food charity. On the day the story broke, the blog had raised over £40,000. After an initial statement from the council defending the decision, the ban was subsequently overturned by council leader, Roddy McCuish. In November 2012 a book written by David Payne, father of Neverseconds blogger Martha Payne, revealed the background to the council's attempt to censor and bully a 9 year old girl. The book states about the council: "My anger and frustration at Argyll and Bute Council was not being soothed by time. Thinly veiled attacks on our parenting on national radio and an abusive phonecall stood out as examples of a public body sick to the very top. Complaints via the proper procedures and through elected councillors had brought no visible changes. Far from being contrite they seemed to take a pride in being untouchable."
- Argyll and Bute Council election, 2012
- Censorship in the United Kingdom
- List of places in Argyll and Bute
- School Dinners
- From Russia with Love (1963) - Filming locations
- "Social Media Spying". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Argyll and Bute Council. "Argyll and Bute Council - Meetings, Agendas, Minutes". Argyll-bute.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "School Dinner Blog Banned By Council". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "NeverSeconds blogger Martha Payne school dinner photo ban lifted". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- VEG (2012-06-14). "Goodbye". Neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Mary’s Meals and NeverSeconds’ Martha Payne". Marysmeals.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Mary’s Meals. "Veg from NeverSeconds". Justgiving.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Statement on school meals from Argyll and Bute Council". Argyll-bute.gov.uk. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Peterkin, Tom (2012-06-16). "Food blogger Martha Payne enjoys taste of victory". Scotsman.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Neverseconds, The Incredible Story of Martha Payne. Payne, Martha; Payne, David., Cargo Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1908885166